After a short sojourn back to Europe for an exciting, action-packed Tour de Corse in France, the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) heads back to the America for its fifth round, the stunning Rally Argentina (27th to 30th April).
It has been a fast and frenetic start to the 2017 season for FABIA R5 drivers as ŠKODA Motorsport and ŠKODA customer teams have been setting the pace in rally championships right around the world. We are only in April but already there are FABIA R5s leading the way in no fewer than 18 international and national championships and winning rallies in many more. Add in the handful of championships with a strong ŠKODA presence that haven’t even begun yet, and you have all the hallmarks of what looks likely to be another hugely successful season.
ŠKODA’s success at the recent Tour de Corse has completed a clean sweep for the FABIA R5 car in FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) events. As Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger crossed the finish line to secure victory in the WRC2 category in Corsica, they ensured that a FABIA R5 has now won every WRC rally.
ŠKODA driver pairing for the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship has been decided. Reigning champs Gaurav Gill / Glen Macneall, which won the title in 2013 and 2016, will compete with Norwegian rookie team Ole Christian Veiby / Stig Rune Skjaermœn. Both teams enter the competition in ŠKODA FABIA R5 run by Australian team MRF. Gill won all last year’s rallys in the APRC and had already secured the championship one round before the end of the season. In 2017, however, he’s likely to face fierce opposition from promising Norwegian rookie Ole Christian Veiby.
Vincent Verschueren led home fellow FABIA R5 driver Kris Princen at the TAC Rally to extend his Belgian championship lead. There is a “one-two-three” result for ŠKODA in Germany as FABIA R5s fill the podium at the Hessen Rallye Vogelsberg, but it is Fabian Kreim who claims the win, his seventh in a row in the German championship. And ŠKODA enjoys more success in the WRC2 Championship at the Tour de Corse.
The 2017 Tour de Corse proved to be an unforgettable event for all sorts of reasons. It was a hugely demanding rally for drivers and cars with plenty of punctures and other issues on the twisting mountain roads. But there were plenty of positive stories to emerge from this 10-stage, 316km long event, including the impressive debut in a ŠKODA FABIA R5 of Stéphane Sarrazin. And of course, there was a FABIA R5 victory to celebrate as well.
The 2017 Tour de Corse sees drivers tackling special stages of the beautiful French island of Corsica for a 10-stage, 317 km long event which this year is the fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
This year sees the Tour de Corse moving forward to the fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). In 2017, the famous rally comprises 10 stages and 317km of competitive distance around the picturesque Mediterranean island of Corsica.