PROFILE1994: Started rallying with Skoda Favorit
1999: Drives Skoda
2001: His WRC debut in Greece, drives Ford and Skoda
2002: Contract with Skoda
2003: Drives Peugeot
2004: Drives Hyundai, Ford, Skoda, Subaru
2005: Contract with Ford
|Date of Birth:
24/04/1976 at Zlin
World Drivers' Champion:
made his rally debut in 1994 competing in a rented Skoda Favorit at the Horacka Rally
Trebic. He finished sixth in the 1300 class and was 14th overall. He took part in the
Czech National Rally Championship and the championship of Central European Zone where he
won multiple titles in the A/1400 and F2 classes.
After two years with little progress he managed to bag a place in the Czech National Junior team in 1996. He finished a close second behind a much more powerful 2l VW Golf GTI. In 1998 Kresta won outright the class A/1400 (Czech Rally Championship) and F2 (Central Europe zone).
In 1999 he started up with a koda Felicia Kit Car and succeeded by the 10th place in overall classification and the first position in A/1600 of Czech Championship.
His talent was soon noticed by Skoda Motorsport team representatives and he was selected for a prestigious project aimed at preparing Czech drivers for a start in the World Rally Championship. In 2000 Kresta was offered the opportunity to drive in the Czech championship with an Octavia WRC. He not only won the series, but later in the season he matched the pace of some of the worlds top rally drivers at the Bettega Memorial in Bologna, beating some of the big names.
In 2001 he successfully defended his national rally title with two events to go, which encouraged Skoda Motorsport to give Kresta the opportunity to taste the world of top rallying. He contested at the San Remo and British rallies and although he did not finish on either occasion, he impressed motorsport fans and professionals with competitive times and consistency.
In 2002 he represented the Skoda Motorsport team in six WRC events. The best result was in Kenya, where he placed seventh and scored Manufacturer´s points for the team.
In 2003 he contested five rounds of the World Rally Championship behind the wheel of a Bozian-prepared Peugeot 206 WRC, finishing eighth on the Rally GReat Britain. Besides that he took the Czech championship with the same car.
In 2004 he had a limited programme of events in a variety of WRC cars.
He impressed in Monte Carlo with Hyundai and ended his season with an outing with the
works Skoda team on the Rallye Deutschland.
In the Czech championship he competed with the
Subaru Impreza WRC taking the third place.
For the season 2005 he signed a contract with Ford to tackle the 2005 World Rally Championship at the wheel of a Ford Focus RS WRC04.