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    WRC Wales: WRC2 Champion Pontus Tidemand leading in Wales

    Mixed emotions for the team of ŠKODA Motorsport at Wales Rally GB, the penultimate round of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC). While newly crowned WRC2 Champions Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson, driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5, moved into the lead already on the first stage and built a convincing lead until the end of the first leg, Ole Christian Veiby / Stig Rune Skjaermœn had to retire from second after they rolled their ŠKODA FABIA R5 during the fifth stage. Meanwhile, teammates Juuso Nordgren and Tapio Suominen from Finland demonstrated a steep learning curve. Step by step they improved their speed, eventually moving up to seventh position at the end of the first leg.

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  • three-skoda-crews-wrc-2-wales-rally-gb-veiby-nordgren-alongside-champion-tidemand

    Three ŠKODA crews in WRC2 at Wales Rally GB Veiby and Nordgren alongside champion Tidemand

    ŠKODA Motorsport will compete at the upcoming Wales Rally GB (26/10–29/10/2017) with three ŠKODA FABIA R5 cars driven by the new WRC2 Champions Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson, Norwegians Ole Christian Veiby / Stig Rune Skjaermœn and Juuso Nordgren from Finland, joined by co-driver Tapio Suominen. While experienced Tidemand is aiming to score his fifth 2017 victory in WRC2 category, youngsters Veiby and Nordgren want to demonstrate their skills behind the steering wheel of the works ŠKODA FABIA R5.

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  • wrc-spain-kopecky-fastest-tarmac-storms-second-wrc2-youngster-nordgren-fourth

    WRC Spain: Kopecký fastest on tarmac, storms to second in WRC2 – youngster Nordgren fourth

    Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler won every single tarmac stage of RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España, the Spanish round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 the reigning Czech Champions achieved 14 stage wins in a row, making up a time loss from the gravel stages and finally storming to second in WRC2 category. On his debut for the factory team, driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 for the very first time on tarmac stages, Juuso Nordgren / Tapio Suominen defended fourth position in WRC2.

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  • wrc-spain-skoda-teams-trouble-free-run-kopecky-second-nordgren-fourth-wrc2

    WRC Spain: ŠKODA teams with trouble free run Kopecký second and Nordgren fourth in WRC2

    Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler were in a class of their own during the Saturday leg of RallyRACC Catalunya – Rallye de España, the Spanish round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 the reigning Czech Champions won all seven special stages of the all tarmac second leg. Deservedly they moved up to second in WRC2 category. Competing in a factory run ŠKODA FABIA R5 for the very first time their young teammates Juuso Nordgren / Tapio Suominen showed a steep learning curve, drove faultlessly and conquered fourth position in WRC2.

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  • wrc-spain-challenging-first-day-kopecky-third-nordgren-fifth

    WRC Spain: Challenging first day; Kopecký third and Nordgren fifth

    ŠKODA Motorsport teams Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler and Juuso Nordgren / Tapio Suominen faced a challenging start at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rallye de España, the Spanish round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 Czech Rally Champion Jan Kopecký was delayed during the third stage when he caught the competitor in front of him. Due to visibility problems in the dust he lost more than one minute. In the same stage, Juuso Nordgren almost had to stop when a competitor blocked the road after an accident. Putting those mishaps aside both ŠKODA factory teams fought back to third respective fifth position in the overall standings of the WRC2 category.

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  • skoda-czech-champion-kopecky-finnish-junior-nordgren-rallyracc-catalunya

    ŠKODA with Czech Champion Kopecký and Finnish junior Nordgren at RallyRACC Catalunya

    ŠKODA Motorsport will compete at the upcoming RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España (05/10–08/10/2017) with two ŠKODA FABIA R5 driven by reigning Czech Rally Champions Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler and 20 years old Juuso Nordgren from Finland, joined by co-driver Tapio Suominen. While Kopecký is aiming to repeat his last year’s WRC2 victory at the Spanish round of the FIA World Rally Championship, 2015 Finnish Junior Champion Nordgren is the first young gun to be tested by ŠKODA Motorsport as a possible candidate for a factory drive in 2018.

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  • aprc-japan-skoda-driver-gaurav-gill-wins-skoda-takes-fia-aprc-cup-manufacturers

    APRC Japan: ŠKODA driver Gaurav Gill wins – ŠKODA takes FIA APRC Cup for Manufacturers

    At Rally Hokkaido, second but last round of the 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), Team MRF ŠKODA’s Gaurav Gill and co-driver Stéphane Prévot achieved a dominant win. They took the lead on the second stage and defended it up to the finish line. Meanwhile, their teammates, talented Norwegian shooting stars Ole Christian Veiby and Stig Rune Skjaermœn, had bad luck. With a slow puncture, they slid into a ditch on the third stage and had to retire for the day. After re-starting on the second leg they were fastest overall on the final day eventually scoring valuable points for the championship. While reigning APRC Champion Gaurav Gill regained the lead in the drivers’ championship from teammate Veiby, ŠKODA prematurely won the FIA APRC Cup for Manufacturers. Also, Team MRF ŠKODA became the winner of the APRC Teams Award. The drivers and co-drivers title will be decided only between the two MRF ŠKODA teams at Rally of India (24 to 26 November 2017).

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