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Round seven of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) sees the teams off to the Italian island of Sardinia for the Rally Italia Sardegna (8th to 11th June), a 19 stage, 312 km long challenge on the tough gravel roads around this beautiful island.

With just one ŠKODA Motorsport car taking part in this event, our customer teams are all working hard to put their FABIA R5 at the top of the podium this time round.

Chief amongst them is the Printsport Oy FABIA R5 of Ole Christian Veiby / Stig Rune Skjærmoen. They have made a strong start to the season in the APRC and Norwegian championships and already been on the podium once in the WRC2 after a third place finish at the Rally Sweden.

There are three more FABIA R5s taking part, but none are entered in the WRC2 championship. They are Dutchman Kees Burger and his Finnish co-driver Mikko Lukka, and two Italian pairings, Giuseppe Dettori / Carlo Pisano and Giovanni Bitti / Paolo Cottu.

We are watching the performance of all the FABIA R5s taking part closely throught the weekend and you can follow their progress too with our exclusive picture gallery.