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One of the most interesting things about Christmas celebrations around the world is who do you get your gifts from. Nowadays, Santa Claus is probably the most popular gift giver worldwide, but there are others. Father Christmas, Père Noël, Saint Nicholas, Baby Jesus, Grandfather Frost or even the Christmas Goat, they all bring presents and joy to children in Christmas time.

In ŠKODA Motorsport, though, we have our own set of gift-bringers. Instead of sleighs and reindeer, they have FABIA R5s and horsepower. And their gifts don’t come in wrapper, stuffed in a sock or placed under the Christmas tree. Their presents are victories and titles from rally championships all around the world. They are our champions and this year, we have received more gifts from them than ever before. We have introduced all of them in recent weeks, but now is a good time to remember them all.

Nikolay Gryazin, ERC Junior U28 winner

This young Russian drivers is apparently on the start of a great career. This year, he scored his first title in junior ERC championship and seems poised to continue in a big way!

Gustavo Saba, CODASUR winner, rally champion of Paraguay

Since 2011, Gustavo Saba dominates the South American rallying scene. Besides another win in Paraguay championship, he added another one from the continental CODASUR series.

Yuya Sumiyama, APRC winner

In Asia-Pacific championship, ŠKODA has a long history of dominance. This year, Yuya Sumiyama added both drivers’ and constructors’ title to the long line of successes.

Manvir Baryan, ARC winner

Last year, he scored the first rally victory for ŠKODA on African soil and continued to the continental title. This year, he repeated his success. Will 2019 mark a hat-trick?

Eerik Pietarinen, rally champion of Finland

After winning four out of seven rounds in Finnish Rally Championship, young Eerik Pietarinen earned the title in the rally’s home country.

Sylvain Michel, gravel rally champion of France

In 2016, he won the French Tarmac Rally Championship – remarkably without winning a single rally – and this year, he added a title from its gravel counterpart.

Ivan Ballinari, rally champion of Switzerland

He’s been rallying since the turn of the century and for a long time, it seemed he will be always second. This year’s switch to FABIA R5 brought him his first title.

Hermen Kobus, rally champion of Netherlands

In the four years he drives a ŠKODA FABIA R5, Hermen Kobus managed to significantly improve his results. This year, he added his first Dutch title after driving a perfect season.

Grzegorz Grzyb, rally champion of Poland

He is already a legend in his home country, having won Polish title in 2016 and four Slovak titles. His road to title in 2018 wasn’t smooth, though, with two hard competitors in the way.

Simos Galatariotis, rally champion of Cyprus

Not only he won Cyprus Rally Championship with a clean run of four rallies, he also became the first Cypriot in at least a decade to win the prestigious Cyprus Rally.

Krisztián Hideg (Hungary), rally champion of Croatia

After 20 years in his home country, Krisztián Hideg found that sometimes you have to move abroad to find success and claimed his first title in Croatia.

Giandomenico Basso, Tour European Rally Series Champion

A new rally series needs some great drivers to attract attention and gain prestige. Giandomenico Basso and his FABIA R5 are doing this for the new TER series.

Miroslav Angelov, rally champion of Bulgaria

Rally may seem like a sport for the young, but Miroslav Angelov and his near-perfect season in Bulgaria prove that it’s not the case.

Kris Princen, rally champion of Belgium

When a legend leaves the championship, it can result in boredom. In Belgium, it ended up with a stunning battle of two great drivers.

Burak Çukurova, rally champion of Turkey

He’s been active in rallying for over 20 years, but the last two seasons were his best – maybe thanks to the switch to a ŠKODA FABIA R5?

Martin Koči, rally champion of Slovakia

After his runner-up finish in the 2017 season, Martin Koči finally clinched his first title in native Slovakia, narrowly beating Grzegorz Grzyb.

Dan Girtofan (Romania), Balkan Rally Trophy champion

Another long-time legend of the sport, Dan Girtofan claimed his third title in Romania and even managed to get to the finals of the European Rally Trophy.

Martin Berglund, rally champion of Sweden

All Scandinavian rally championships are hard and Sweden is no exception. Winning two of the gravel rallies was a feat in itself, leading to well-deserved title.

Eli Evans, rally champion of Australia

The third title in Australian Rally Championship is a proof that Eli Evans is a true talent. Although his begun this year’s season with a Mini Countryman, he finished most of it in a FABIA R5.

Roger Feghali, rally champion of Lebanon

Once again, this year’s Lebanese Rally Championship was won by Roger Feghali who is, together with his brother, a legend of rallying in Lebanon and surrounding countries.

Xavier Pons, gravel rally champion of Spain

Spain is among the countries that have different championships for tarmac and gravel. And Xavier Pons took his FABIA R5 to the victory in the gravel one.

Rajesh Ramdenee, rally champion of Mauritius

You can find ralllying even in the most exotic and remote places. Like Mauritius, where a FABIA R5 took local rallying ace, Rajesh Ramdenee, to the victory.

Thierry Law-Long, rally champion of Réunion

Another small island in Indian Ocean, another gold for FABIA R5. Thierry Law-Long took the first place in the rally championship of one of the most remote parts of EU, French overseas territory of Réunion.

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