The dust has barely settled after the past weekend’s Rally Portugal, where Pontus Tidemand took the WRC 2 win, but he is already gearing up for the next event. This weekend, he makes his second guest appearance in the Czech Rally Championship when it is time for Rally Český Krumlov.
Pontus Tidemand and his co-driver Jonas Andersson did their first event as SKODA drivers on Czech soil almost a month ago at Rally Sumava Klatovy. They finished second after a strong performance on the tricky asphalt roads. Now they join their teammate Jan Kopecký at Rally Český Krumlov, which is the second event out of six in SKODA’s home championship.
“To race in front of the team’s home crowd is something special, which we got to experience when we did Rally Sumava” said Pontus. “SKODA Motorsport has very dedicated fans and we look forward to meeting them again. We also get another chance to work on our asphalt skills on technically challenging roads ahead of the asphalt events in the WRC 2, which can become an important factor when every second counts.”
Rally Český Krumlov has its centre in the city with the same name, Český Krumlov, and is located 175 km south of the capital Prague. The town is built around a 13th century castle and has a rich and well preserved history, something that makes it a part of UNESCO’s world heritage list. The rally itself is one of the oldest rallies in the Czech Republic and has run for over 40 years. This year, the event consists of 14 special stages of 167,08 km that will be mastered during two days, starting Friday. So far, 33 crews have entered and besides championship leader Kopecký, drivers like Václav Pech and Vojtěch Štajf, who competes for the Klokočka ŠKODA Czech National Team, will offer serious competition.