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Drivers‘ views after SS15

27. 8. 2017 - Jakub Kudláč, Karolína Lečbychová

The 47th Barum Czech Rally Zlín is over. The last three stages were Maják, Pindula and Košíky. The drivers that made it to Regrouping in Service Park in Otrokovice were mostly happy that rally is over and that they did finish. Many of them would like to come back and improve this year's performance.

Pavel Valoušek (CZE, Škoda Fabia R5, Start. No. 11)
'We had a puncture like five kilometres before the finish. It was just perfect here.'

Martin Koči (SVK, Škoda Fabia R5, Start. No. 14)
'I had high ambitions but the competition is tough here. I'm glad I could be here.'

Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL, Ford Fiesta R5, Start. No. 1)
'I'm happier about today's performance. It's mentally very difficult rally for me. I got the points for ERC. I love this rally even more and I do want to come back.'

Jan Černý (CZE, Škoda Fabia R5, Start. No. 18)
'It's a shame about the puncture, but we made it.'

Tomáš Kostka (CZE, Škoda Fabia R5, Start. No. 16)
'We finished on a fourth place. Kresta's performance on the last stage was incredible. We could have been third.'

Roman Kresta (CZE, Škoda Fabia R5, Start. No. 9)
'I guess I'm crazy. I pushed harder on the last stage and it worked out. Fans are unbelievable.'

Marijan Griebel (DEU, Škoda Fabia R5, Start. No. 6)
'It's great, we're going for victory in ERC Junior. We have a solid lead and now we want to bring it home.'

Alexey Lukyanuk (RUS, Ford Fiesta R5, Start. No. 4)
'I'm not happy. I'm only second. We will try to prepare ourselves for the next year. Hopefully, I won't get hurt again.'

Jan Kopecký (CZE, Škoda Fabia R5, Start. No. 2)
'Hats off to Lukyanuk, he's amazing. He had troubles with brakes and he showed how experienced he is. First day was difficult we kept chasing each other and after his mistake we took our chance and steadily increased our lead.'

Bruno Magalhães (PRT, Škoda Fabia R5, Start. No. 3)
'The second loop was better. I'm happy we got points to ERC. And if Barum rally has similar itinerary next year I would consider coming back.'

Roman Odložilík (CZE, Ford Fiesta R5, Start. No. 27)
'The stage was crazy but we're happy. This was my last Barum rally and I'm happy about our result.'

Bryan Bouffier (FRA, Ford Fiesta R5, Start. No. 5)
'I didn't expect to finish tenth, but that's rally. I would like to race here again.'

Martin Vlček (CZE, Ford Fiesta R5, Start. No. 24)
'We had a puncture and damaged a half-axle and almost hurt ourselves. It was extremely difficult this year and we're excited that we finished.'

Josh Moffett (IRL, Ford Fiesta R5, Start. No. 12)
'It's been a very difficult rally, whenever we've been going good we loved it. We had a lot of issues during the rally. It's unbelievable here.'

Antonín Tlusťák (CZE, Škoda Fabia R5, Start. No. 20)
'It could have been slightly better, but we made it. No major issues, just some slow punctures.'

Jaromír Tarabus (CZE, Škoda Fabia R5, Start. No. 26)
'We finished and we enjoyed it. It could have better but also worst. Today's stages were OK, just some minor issue with water.'

Miroslav Jakeš (CZE, Ford Fiesta R5, Start. No. 53)
'This was my worst Barum rally. Our chances got buried on Friday, Saturday was hell, when you can't race properly you don't want to drive at all.'

Murat Bostanci (TUR, Ford Fiesta R5, Start. No. 25)
'We're not very happy. I wasn't satisfied with our speed. We will try to improve our speed and we're looking forward to coming back.'

Tomáš Kurka (CZE, Ford Fiesta R5, Start. No. 57)
'Barum rally has a right to be part of ERC. I'm happy that I could be here. Every time you finish this rally it counts. We're happy about our results.'

Aleks Zawada (POL, Opel Adam R2, Start. No. 37)
'It was a very hard rally. We're excited about winning in our category. Big thanks to my team, family and sponsors.'