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Tag: 2017

  • 2017-champs-vincent-verschueren-clinches-maiden-belgian-champiosnhip-title

    2017 Champs: Vincent Verschueren clinches maiden Belgian Champiosnhip title

    Following the retirement of Belgian rallying legend Freddy Loix at the end of the 2016 season, Vincent Verschueren was one of many drivers who hoped to step up. Loix won the Belgian championship four seasons in a row from 2013 to 2016, the final three of which were in a FABIA S2000 or FABIA R5. Verschueren had finished third in the championship on no fewer than four occasions. But this season, driving a FABIA R5 in the Duindinstel colours but prepared and run by the GoDrive team, alongside co-driver Veronique Hostens, he took his chance to claim his maiden Belgian championship title and a fourth successive win for ŠKODA.

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  • 2017-champs-filip-nivette-claims-comprehensive-polish-championship-victory

    2017 Champs: Filip Nivette claims comprehensive Polish championship victory

    If 2016 was a breakthrough year for Filip Nivette and his co-driver Kamil Heller, this season was the one where their class really shone through. After switching to a ŠKODA FABIA R5 in early 2016, they went on to win two rounds of the Polish Rally Championship, including their first ever drive of a FABIA R5 at the Rajd Gdańsk, and end the season in third place. A year on and they led the way from start to finish to be crowned Polish rally champions for the very first time.

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  • 2017-champs-teemu-asunmaa-steers-skoda-fabia-r5-finnish-title-victory

    2017 Champs: Teemu Asunmaa steers ŠKODA FABIA R5 to Finnish title victory

    Finland is often called ‘the Home of Rallying’ so it is a great feat to succeed in their very competitive domestic rally championship. In 2017 season, the winner in the most prestigious SM1 class of the Finnish Rally Championship was ŠKODA FABIA R5 driver Teemu Asunmaa. Along with co-driver Jonne Halttunen, he also helped Hannu’s Rally Team to the title in the Teams’ Championship, after what was an exciting and closely fought season.

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  • 2017-champs-jan-kopecky-cruises-third-consecutive-czech-rally-championship-title

    2017 Champs: Jan Kopecký cruises to third consecutive Czech Rally Championship title

    The pairing of ŠKODA Motorsport driver Jan Kopecký and the ŠKODA FABIA R5 has been imperious in the Czech Rally Championship (MČR) and so it proved again in 2017. After winning the title in 2015 and 2016 with a remarkable unbeaten record in every rally he has driven, Kopecký was at it again in 2017, ably support once more by regular co-driver Pavel Dresler.

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  • 2017-champs-marijan-griebel-grabs-first-ever-erc-junior-u28-crown

    2017 Champs: Marijan Griebel grabs first ever ERC Junior U28 crown

    The young German driver Marijan Griebel cruised to victory in the first ever FIA ERC Junior U28 Championship this year. Driving alongside co-driver Stefan Kopczyk in a ŠKODA FABIA R5 prepared and run by the Baumschlager Rallye & Racing Team, the reigning ERC Junior Champion had secured the title after the fourth of six rounds in the series, with three victories and another podium finish to his name.

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  • 2017-champs-manvir-baryan-claims-skodas-first-african-rally-championship-crown

    2017 Champs: Manvir Baryan claims ŠKODA’s first African Rally Championship crown

    2017 was the first season that Kenyan driver Manvir Singh Baryan had sat behind the wheel of a ŠKODA FABIA R5. He was entered into the Kenyan Rally Championship for the Multiple Racing Team alongside British co-driver Drew Sturrock and also planning to try his hand at the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC). However, this was dependent on how he adapted to the car and his performances in the early part of the season.

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  • 2017-champs-gustavo-saba-doubles-retains-paraguayan-codasur-titles

    2017 Champs: Gustavo Saba doubles up again as he retains Paraguayan and CODASUR titles

    Gustavo Saba has been the dominant force in South American rallying for more than a decade. In that time, he has won six Paraguayan Rally Championships and five CODASUR South American Championships too. He came into this season as reigning champion of both and – driving alongside regular Argentinian co-driver Fernando Mussano – was competing once again in a ŠKODA FABIA R5 for his own Saba Competición team.

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