Rally Guanajuato Mexico

03. - 06.03.2016

7.
place

Vodafone Rally de Portugal

19. - 22.05.2016

8.
place

Rally d'Italia Sardegna

09. - 12.06.2016

Fantastic fifth place for Prokop from Rally d´Italia Sardegna

Crew of Jipocar Czech National Team Martin Prokop and Michal Ernst finished on excellent fifth position at Rally d´Italia Sardegna, another event of World Rally Championship. Our guys were entering the second day of the rally from the seventh place and quite big gaps between positions six and eight meant that only technical problems, driving mistakes and crashes will be changing dramatically the overall results. Prokop set several six fastest times in single special stages and showed the same pretty, focused and steady performance as he did during Friday leg. As two drivers in front of him - Hirvonen and Mikkelsen - didn´t avoid fatal mistakes and crashed, Prokop moved two up the standings into fifth position.

Martin Prokop comments: “It is fantastic, I am really excited. Very good result for the whole team and big encouragement needed after the first half of the season. I was feeling perfectly during the whole rally, had no problems with the car or driving style, simply enjoying every single meter on the special stages in good rhythm and with confidence. Pity that there are several weeks to Rally Finland now; I would like to drive another rally next weekend. We had only one problem after hitting a stone which appeared in the driving line after the car in front of us, so we had to drive nearly the whole stage with damaged wheel. This was fortunately fixed by simple wheel change. Program of the rally was cropped into only two days but they were extremely long and demanding. I spent seventeen hours in the car on Friday what is my record, not good for my achy back, but the fifth place is a good medicine for it.

Team manager Quirin Müller: “We are continuing in the positive trend set already during Rally Acropolis and that little bit complicated start of the season is definitely over. The car works perfectly; Martin is faster and provides focused and balanced performance. This year we are not doing Rally Estonia as preparation for Rally Finland but we will have got classic test before the event. I believe that we will be able to follow the performance and result from Sardinia.”

Final Results of Rally d´Italia Sardegna 2013
1. Ogier S. - Ingrassia J. (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 
2. Neuville T. - Gilsoul N. (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1:16,8 
3. Latvala J. - Anttila M. (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +1:48,0 
4. Sordo D. - del Barrio C. (Citroën DS3 WRC) +3:19,2 
5. Prokop M. - Ernst M. (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +8:34,1 
6. Evans E. - Bernacchini G. (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +11:51,8 
7. Kosciuszko M. - Szczepaniak M. (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +11:52,7 
8. Østberg M. - Andersson J. (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +13:21,5 
9. Kubica R. - Baran M. (Citroën DS3 RRC) +16:47,6 
10. Al-Qassimi K. - Martin S. (Citroën DS3 WRC) +17:19,9

In the drivers' standings Martin Prokop moved from tenth to eighth place overall and the same position also belongs to the co-driver Michal Ernst. In the team competition Jipocar Czech National Team is in the fifth place. 

Next event of FIA World Rally Championship is Rally Finland, which will be held from 1st to 3rd August. 

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