ŠKODA Slovakia Motorsport: Martin Koči showed great performances at the rally Lubeník
- ENIPRO Rally Lubeník: Martin Koči from the ŠKODA Slovakia Motorsport won seven of the nine special stages
- Crew Martin Koči / Radovan Mozner Jr. the most successful Slovak crew, took second place.
- ŠKODA FABIA R5: Racing teams from Mladá Boleslav has won the first five places
Bratislava, July 16, 2018 - Young Slovak crew Martin Koči / Radovan Mozner Jr. from the new ŠKODA Slovakia Motorsport team, driving on the ŠKODA FABIA R5, confirms its position at the top of the Slovak rally motor sport. At the ENIPRO Rally Lubeník (13th - 14th July), M. Koči won seven of the nine special stages, and as the best Slovak driver he finished second overall. The race was also a part of the Slovak Rally Championships series. For his excellent position in Lubeník, M. Koči scored other important points and in the current standing he is second, losing only five points to the leader. The current Polish championship leader, Grzegorz Grzyb (SKODA FABIA R5), won the jubilee 10th rally in Lubeník.
The organizers of ENIPRO Rally Lubeník in this year's race have restored the special stage Hell, which the drivers completed up to three times during the first leg. Immediately the first stage indicated that Grzegorz Grzyb, the experienced matador from Poland, and the young driver Martin Koči from Slovakia, both driving on the ŠKODA FABIA R5 racing special, will be fighting for the first place. The time difference between these racers was very tight after each stage, not just a tenth of a second. The other racers were too behind them, mostly in tens of seconds. The exception was the second "hellish" stage, in the middle of which M. Koči got a flat tire and the other half of the track finished with an empty tire. Still, he finished with the second best time in this stage.
The first and second stage won G. Grzyb in front of M. Koči, the other seven stages won the Slovak driver M. Koči before G. Grzyb. However, the victories were very tight, in the eighth stage only two tenths of a second, and the short tracks of the measured tracks did not allow M. Koči to clear the loss from the stage where he got the flat tire. Overall, the crew Martin Koči / Radovan Mozner Jr. from the racing team of ŠKODA Slovakia Motorsport as the best Slovak crew took a great second place. The winner was the Polish crew Grzegorz Grzyb / Bogusław Browiński. On the third place was the crew Tomáš Ondrej / Jakub Slovák.
„We have an excellent car, the whole team did a great job during the preparation for the race and we also did the best we know, we won most of the stages. The more I am angry with the flat tire in the second stage. You cannot influence the fact that you can get it, but probably we lost the victory in this rally due to that fact,“ said Martin Koči.
From the perspective of the car models, the jubilee 10th rally in Lubeník took over the ŠKODA FABIA R5 racing specials, which ended in the top five places in absolute ranking.
Two-day competition in the center of Muránska planina was included in the Slovak Rally Championships series. The exciting fights over the first place were between the crew Martin Koči / Radovan Mozner Jr. and the Polish crew Grzegorz Grzyb / Bogusław Browiński, both crew from the ŠKODA Slovakia Motorsport team. In the current position of MSR 2018 the best Slovak crew Martin Koči / Radovan Mozner Jr. with 135 points standing at the second place, with only a five-point gap to the leader.
„Martin performed a remarkable performance in Lubenik. It is admirable, how with the flat tire, he managed to finish with an excellent time. We congratulate Martin and the team of ŠKODA Slovakia Motorsport for the second place. The fight over the championship title is thrilling, so I'm very excited about the next race,“ said Marek Ruzicka, CEO of ŠKODA AUTO Slovensko.
„In the fight for the Slovakia Champion Title, the differences are very tight and we are still racing for 90 winning points. We do not change our goals, we still desire and have ambitions to win. We will do everything,“ says young driver Martin Koči.
Another event, where the ŠKODA Slovakia Motorsport with Martin Koči and Radovan Mozner will fight for the victory in the series of the Slovak Rally Championships 2018, will be DeutchMann Rallye Trebišov, which will take place on August 31 - September 1, 2018.