Jan Kopecky wins 2014 Rally of Hokkaido
Japan played host to Round 5 of Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) with Rally Hokkaido this weekend at Obihiro. Team MRF drivers Gaurav Gill and Jan Kopecky went in fighting for the title with 8 points between them. Rally of Malaysia saw Gill close in as Kopecky retired his Skoda Fabia S2000 and DNF.
Kopecky want’t perturbed after the mechanical problem and retirement in Malaysia. Race began with a ceremonial start and a 1km Satsunai Super Special, followed by 222km of stages on Saturday and Sunday. An accident saw Indian rallying Ace and Team MRF Tyres driver Gaurav Gill endure extensive damage to his car in the penultimate round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) making his quest for a top position in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship that Gill won in 2013 look remote. Gill’s retirement saw Team MRF driver Tyres Kopecky take over the lead of APRC Rally Hokkaido, 25 seconds ahead of Japan’s Toshi Arai.
After seven stages and 70 kilometers, Gaurav Gill led the 2014 APRC Rally of Hokkaido. On stage 8 Yam Wakka, a high speed crash saw his race thwarted. Kopecky hope the car came back to finish so the MRF team secures the APRC Manufacturer’s award, however Gill’s Skoda Fabia was unable to restart. Today’s race day saw MRF Skoda driver Jan Kopecky win the Rally of Hokkaido and become the 2014 Asia Pacific Rally Champion with a round to spare. He leads at 151 points, and Gaurav Gill remains at 104 points.
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