Juuso Nordgren was born in Karkkila, a village in the northwest of Helsinki, an area where also living rally legend Markku Alén comes from. In 2015 Nordgren became Finnish Junior Champion and was named “Future Rally Star of Finland 2016”. During Rally Finland 2017 he won four stages driving a private ŠKODA FABIA R5.
Numerous world-class drivers started their career in a ŠKODA FABIA rally car
For example, Andreas Mikkelsen from Norway won the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) in 2011 and 2012 with a ŠKODA FABIA S2000, before becoming a works driver in the Word Rally Championship for Volkswagen Motorsport.
Regular World Rally Championship driver Juho Hänninen from Finland won the IRC in 2010, stepping up to FIA S-WRC Champion in 2011, on both occasions driving a ŠKODA FABIA S2000.
Last but not least, Esapekka Lappi became WRC2 Champion in the World Rally Championship 2016 driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5. In 2017, he also moved on to the WRC top-class achieving his first overall win on World Rally Championship level at Rally Finland.