ŠKODA is looking back at the most successful motorsport season in its 116 years long history. On the occasion of a ceremony at Mladá Boleslav ŠKODA Motorsport today honoured the successful drivers and co-drivers, led by the WRC2 champions Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson, the APRC winners Gaurav Gill and Stéphane Prévot and the Czech Rally Champions Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler.
Not only in the FIA World Rally Championship, in numerous international and national championships as well the ŠKODA FABIA R5 drove from victory to victory during the 2017 season. The ŠKODA FABIA R5 by far was the most successful rally car of the so-called R5 category of close to standard cars.
Amongst the international and national championships won in 2017 by ŠKODA teams the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) stands out. Factory supported team MRF ŠKODA entered defending champions Gaurav Gill / Stéphane Prévot and Norwegian Youngsters Ole Christian Veiby / Stig Rune Skjærmoen into the championship run in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Malaysia and India. As in 2016 MRF ŠKODA took top two positions, Gill driving the ŠKODA FABIA R5 to a title hat trick with Veiby finishing second.
In the Czech Championship (MČR) defending champions Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler continued their winning streak. Winning each rally they entered, they took the title again. Furthermore, private ŠKODA teams won titles in additional 13 countries.
The success of the ŠKODA factory team boosts the interest of the customers: More than 170 ŠKODA FABIA R5 cars were sold so far to importers and privateer teams worldwide.
ŠKODA Champions 2017
The FIA World Rally Championship 2018 kicks off with traditional season opening Monte Carlo Rally. In total the championship again consists of 13 rounds.
- - January 4 months agoWRC
Rallye Monte CarloMonaco
- - February 4 months agoWRC
- - March 3 months agoWRC
- - April 41 days agoWRC
Rally Argentina – postponedArgentina
- - May 13 days agoWRC
Rally de Portugal – postponedPortugal
- - June LiveWRC
Rally Italia Sardegna – postponedItaly
- - July 38 daysWRC
Safari Rally Kenya
- - August 59 daysWRC
- - September 3 monthsWRC
Rally New Zealand
- - September 4 monthsWRC
- - October 4 monthsWRC
- - Oct - Nov 5 monthsWRC
Wales Rally GBUnited Kingdom
- - November 5 monthsWRC