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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