The Czech driver had more than half a minute in hand going into the final day’s four speed tests in the bumpy Mosel vineyards. He increased his margin to cross the podium at Bostalsee with a 1min 06.9sec advantage in his Skoda Fabia.
Kopecký took the lead on Saturday morning when team-mate Kalle Rovanperä twice went off the road and his only problem was a puncture late last night which halved his lead.
Eric Camilli finished second in a Ford Fiesta, despite incurring a 30-sec penalty today. Rovanperä completed the podium, to increase his championship lead, with Mads Østberg taking fourth.
Fabian Kreim scored his first WRC 2 victory when he headed a home 1-2. The German national champion in 2016 and 2017 finished 18.5sec clear of 2018 title winner Marijan Griebel. Both were at the wheel of Fabias.
Kreim had the luxury of easing through the final leg, while keeping a watch on a terrific battle behind between Griebel and Poland’s Kajetan Kajetanowicz, driving a Volkswagen Polo.
Fastest time in the penultimate test promoted Kajetanowicz into second with a slender 2.0sec advantage, only for Griebl to respond in the closing test with a quickest time of his own to regain the runner-up spot by 3.0sec.
Fabio Andolfi crashed out of fourth in the penultimate test, allowing Simone Tempestini to come home 7.5sec ahead of Russia’s Nikolay Gryazin. Fifth was sufficient for Gryazin to take the championship lead of the absent Benito Guerra.
Germany’s Dominik Dinkel completed the top six in a Hyundai i20.