The 2017 Barum Czech Rally Zlín and its challenging cocktail of twisty, bumpy and dirty stages lived up to their reputation. Aided by the reliability of their respective PEUGEOT 208T16s, the PEUGEOT RALLY ACADEMY’s two drivers fought hard and finished shy of the podium.
The Rally Czech Barum Zlín was a hard event. We didn’t have a good feeling during the first loop but we were pleased when we improved the second time through. It’s a shame about my mistake on Saturday and we also picked up a puncture, otherwise we could have targeted a podium finish. We did our best to fight our way back to third and we showed some good speed, so that’s good for confidence ahead of the next rally in Rome.
PEPE LÓPEZ (Driver, Peugeot Rally Academy):
It was a completely new rally for us. We managed to finish the race, but it was a tough weekend for us because we weren’t able to find our usual pace. We now need to take a hard look at what happened, identify the positives and do our best to be stronger in Rome. A big ‘thank you’ to Peugeot Sport and to everyone in the Peugeot Rally Academy team for their efforts and hard work during the rally.
LAURENT GUYOT (Director, Peugeot Sport Customer Competition):
We always knew the Barum Rally was going to be hard, so our aim was to get both cars to the finish and pocket as many points as possible. The Czech Republic is now behind us and I am sure both drivers learned a great deal from this event.
1. Griebel/Kopczyk (SKO), 1h58m23.5s
2. Černý/Černohorský (SKO), +2m18.3s
3. Gryazin/Fedorov (SKO), +3m16.8s
4. Suárez/Carrera (PEU), +3m18.4s
5. Moffett/Fulton (FOR), +4m16.8s
6. López/Rozada (PEU), +6m4.7s
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