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For the eighth time in a row in 2017 a ŠKODA FABIA R5 team won a round of the World Rally Championship. At Rally Poland, current Asia Pacific Rally Championship leaders Ole Christian Veiby / Stig Rune Skjaermœn, driving a Printsport entered ŠKODA FABIA R5, achieved their first win on World Rally Championship level. After already winning four WRC2 events this season ŠKODA Motorsport’s Pontus Tidemand and co-driver Jonas Andersson came second. With a WRC2 championship lead of 50 points they are now in best position to win this year’s title.

Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rally Poland 2017

The weather changed on the final day of the rally back to the poor conditions of the opening day.  Heavy rain falls made the gravel tracks of the Masurian Lake District slippery and treacherous again. After Pontus Tidemand’s time consuming puncture on Saturday afternoon, the race for the first place in WRC 2 category was more or less decided. Youngster Ole Christian Veiby secured his very first WRC2 win with a faultless and very concentrated drive and climbed into the second position in the championship standings.

Michal Hrabánek

Pontus Tidemand was fastest in WRC 2 on three of the remaining four stages of the final leg of Rally Poland securing second place and valuable points for the championship home.

Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rally Poland 2017
Pontus Tidemand

The eighth round of World Rally Championship proved again, that the ŠKODA FABIA R5 is by far the fastest and most reliable car in WRC 2 category. At the finish line in Mikolajki ŠKODA teams occupied top four positions in the category. In the WRC 2 championship standings, ŠKODA works driver Pontus Tidemand leads after eight rounds with 118 points ahead of stablemate Ole Christian Veiby (68 points).

2017 Rally Poland – WRC2 Final Results:
1. Veiby / Skjærmoen (NOR/NOR) ŠKODA FABIA R5 2:53:39.3 hrs
2. Tidemand / Andersson (SWE/SWE) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +32.9 sec
3. Gilbert / Jamoul (FRA/BEL) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +4:20.3 min
4. Guerra jr. / Cué (MEX/ESP) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +7:04.9 min

Number of the day: 8

Since the first round of 2017 World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo, ŠKODA FABIA R5 teams won each of the eight rounds in WRC 2 category.

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