The FIA European Rally Championship heads to Czech Republic for more action-packed entertainment next week (16-18 August). Here's a selection of facts and stats.
Essentials What:FIA European Rally Championship round 6 of 8* When:16-18 August 2019 Where:Zlín, Czech Republic Starts:16h00, 16 August, Náměstí Míru, Zlín Finishes:16h58, 18 August, Náměstí Míru, Zlín Stages:15 Distance:219.63 kilometres Surface:Asphalt ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring):15 (2004-2018)
*Also counting for:FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, FIA ERC3 Junior Championship, ERC2, ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, ERC Nations’ Cup, ERC Ladies’ Trophy, Abarth Rally Cup
Recent winners: 2015-2018:Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5) 2014:Václav Pech Jr/Petr Uhel (MINI John Cooper Works S2000)
Five facts: 1:Zlín’s rise from small town to big city is credited to Tomáš Bat’a, who founded a shoe factory there in 1894. His old office – located in a moving elevator – is preserved in the Regional Authority Building 21. 2:Now established as a bustling university city, Zlín’s south-eastern Moravia setting is 300 kilometres from the Czech capital Prague and 220 kilometres from the Austrian capital Vienna. 3:Zlín became Gottwaldov from 1949-1990 after the first Czech communist president, Klement Gottwald. 4:Barum Czech Rally Zlín ran for the first time in 1971 and turns 48 this year. Jan Halmažna took the inaugural honours in a ŠKODA 1100 MB. 5:Event sponsor Continental Barum’s giant tyre factory and distribution centre in nearby Otrokovice hosts the rally’s permanent service park.
Key timings: Autograph session:19h00, Tuesday 13 August, Zlaté Jablko Shopping Centre, Náměstí Míru, Zlín Free Practice (for priority drivers):08h00-09h30, 16 August, Pohořelice (4.40 kilometres) Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers):09h35-10h20, 16 August, Pohořelice (4.40 kilometres) Shakedown (for non-priority drivers):10h25-13h00, 16 August, Pohořelice (4.40 kilometres) Ceremonial start:16h00, 16 August, Náměstí Míru, Zlín Finishing podium:16h58, 18 August, Náměstí Míru, Zlín