Meet Our Drivers & Co-Drivers
ŠKODA has been involved in motorsport since 1901 and has won titles all around the world in a range of vehicles. And more than 100 years on - and competing since 2015 with the FABIA R5 - nothing much has changed.
In the 2017 season, the ŠKODA Motorsport is focusing on defending their titles in three championships in particular - the WRC2 Championship, the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and our home series, the Czech Rally Championship (MČR).
Our works drivers have achieved much with the ŠKODA FABIA R5 cars in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Esapekka Lappi, Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecký have claimed the WRC2 Teams' title in consecutive seasons, with Lappi winning the drivers’ title in 2016 too.
Kopecký meanwhile has won back-to-back Czech championship crowns in dominant fashion, while Tidemand claimed the APRC title in 2015.
2016 Season Highlights
In 2017, ŠKODA Motorsport team is competing in selected rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) while there is a full presence once again in the APRC and Czech championships.
Starts in WRC2
Wins in WRC2
Podiums in WRC2
Special Stage Wins in WRC2
Taking the chequered flag. A moment of unbridled joy and achievement, which ŠKODA Motorsport has enjoyed with FABIA R5 fans at no fewer than 10 WRC2 events this season! This is our homage to the unsung heroes of our 2016 WRC2 Championship win… our loyal fans from across the globe.
And it is not just the ŠKODA works team who is putting the FABIA R5 through its paces in 2017. ŠKODA Motorsport also produces the FABIA R5 for various customer teams and this customer programme has seen the car claim numerous other titles across Europe and beyond. With the 100th FABIA R5 recently being delivered to a customer team, there are high hopes for continued success in 2017.
ŠKODA FABIA SUPER 2000 Era
Prior to the introduction of the FABIA R5, ŠKODA also enjoyed plenty of success with its predecessor, the ŠKODA FABIA SUPER 2000, too.
Highlights included the 2011 SWRC (the predecessor to WRC2) championship title which was won by Juho Hänninen. The FABIA S2000 also claimed the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) on three occasions, with Hänninen winning in 2010 and Andreas Mikkelsen in 2011 and 2012.
Hänninen also claimed the 2012 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), with Jan Kopecký in 2013 and Esapekka Lappi in 2014 ensuring a hat-trick of titles for ŠKODA Motorsport. These can be added to four successive APRC titles and scores of national championship titles around Europe and beyond.