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201718 Jan

Skoda-Fabia-R5-Monte-Carlo

 

When Skoda Motorsport lines up at this season’s Rally Monte Carlo, it will remember the brand’s legendary triumph at the same race 40 years ago. The works team’s Skoda Fabia R5s will feature the same blue and red stripes as sported by the winning car from 1977 when it launches its title campaign at the opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2).

 

Four decades ago, Vaclav Blahna and his co-driver Lubislav Hlavka won the class for cars with up to 1,300 cc with their Skoda 130 RS. This shock success is one of the milestones in Skoda’s 116-year motorsport history, the crowning moment of which came in the form of the world championship title in 2016.

 

“Skoda is proud of its magnificent tradition in motorsport, and of such iconic racing cars as the Skoda 130 RS,” said Skoda Motorsport Director Michal Hrabanek. “For this reason, we are remembering the success of 40 years ago at the Rally Monte Carlo with a special livery for our Skoda Fabia R5. The awareness of the brand’s outstanding motor racing history is the driving force behind our current motorsport activities. As well as our works drivers Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecky, Andreas Mikkelsen will also drive the Skoda Fabia R5 at the Rally Monte Carlo,” Hrabanek continued.

 

Experienced WRC driver Mikkelsen will make a guest appearance for the Skoda works team. In doing so, he returns to his roots. The 27-year-old Norwegian began his rise to the top with titles in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2011 and 2012. Back then, he was victorious in a Skoda Fabia Super 2000. Mikkelsen and co-driver Anders Jæger familiarised themselves with the Skoda Fabia R5 at the first tests on snow last December.

 

Skoda Motorsport will once again put its faith in its two works drivers, Kopecky and Tidemand, in 2017. As well as at the Rally Monte Carlo, the rapid Swede and his co-driver Jonas Andersson will also go in pursuit of points at the second round of the world championship, which takes place in his native Sweden (9 to 12 February). Tidemand/Andersson have their sights set on succeeding Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm, who, at the wheel of the Skoda Fabia R5, won the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ title in the WRC 2 class of the world championship for the manufacturer from Mlada Boleslav for the first time in 2016.

 

As well as a number of starts in WRC 2, Jan Kopecky and Pavel Dresler will primarily be competing in the Czech Rally Championship (MCR) in 2017. They remain unbeaten in the Skoda Fabia R5 in the Czech Republic, having won ten out of ten races in the last two years, and are out to complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017.

 

With the world championship title, three continental titles, and ten national titles in the Fabia R5, Skoda enjoyed one of its best years on the rally routes of this world in 2016. Hopes are high that the Rally Monte Carlo will mark the start of an equally successful 2017.

 

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