Manvir Baryan on brink of FIA African Rally Championship after his third consecutive win. Dominik Dinkel wins his first German Rally Championship event to push Fabian Kreim to a final round championship decider. Filip Nivette claims his third win of the season to strengthen his Polish championship advantage. Burak Çukurova wins Rally of Istanbul and takes the lead in the Turkish championship. Victory for Pontus Tidemand at the Swedish Rally Championship season finale. Teemu Asunmaa retains Finnish championship lead despite late drama. And Nikolay Gryazin wins the Rally Nova Gorica in Slovenia.
On face value, there is a world of difference between the two-wheel and four-wheel motorsport disciplines and it is not often that these two worlds collide. But this week saw just such a meeting, as Austrian motocross and cross-country rallies rider Matthias Walkner had the opportunity to test-drive a ŠKODA FABIA R5.
Vincent Verschueren reclaims Belgian championship lead after Omloop van Vlaanderen win. In France, ŠKODA FABIA R5s claim a one-two win in the Michelin Trophy at the Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine as well as in the overall classification of the Rallye Régional Velay Auvergne. Marco Gianesini wins Rally di Reggello – Città di Firenze in Italy. And there are podium finishes for FABIA R5s in Slovakia, Bulgaria, Italy and Sweden.
ŠKODA Motorsport is starting a campaign to search for young talented drivers. Juuso Nordgren, 20 years old driver from Finland, will be together with his co-driver Tapio Suominen the first young gun to drive a ŠKODA FABIA R5. He will compete at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rallye de España (05/10/–08/10/2017), the Spanish round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
Marijan Griebel becomes FIA ERC Junior Under 28 champion. Roger Feghali is Lebanese Rally Champion for the thirteenth time. Kalle Rovanperä secures back-to-back Latvian championships at just sixteen years of age. A one-two win for ŠKODA FABIA R5 drivers at the Rally de Santa Cruz sets up thrilling CODASUR decider. And there are more wins for the FABIA R5 in France and Finland.
At the Barum Czech Rally Zlín local heroes Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler, driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5, secured their sixth consecutive win of the 2017 season. They not only defeated their regular competitors inside the Czech Rally Championship. Even the top crews competing in the European Rally Championship (ERC), of which Barum Czech Rally Zlín was round six, had no chance to beat the reigning Czech Champions.
The Barum Czech Rally Zlín is a 15 special stage, 214km long event which is the sixth round of both the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) and the Czech Rally Championship (MČR). Needless to say, there are plenty of ŠKODA FABIA R5’s taking part.
A weekend of important podium results for ŠKODA Customer Teams. Fredrik Åhlin finishes second overall at the Ulster Rally to retain British Rally Championship lead. Joe McGonigle is third in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship standings at the Ulster Rally and now sits third in the ITRC standings too. Ole Christian Veiby is second at the Konsmo Rally in Norway after dramatic finale. Quentin Gilbert just misses the podium with fourth place in the WRC2 standings at the Rallye Deutschland. And there is more success for ŠKODA drivers in the French Rally Cup too.