Ole Christian Veiby, who along with co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen drives for the Printsport Oy team, has been enjoying a busy and hugely impressive season this year. Alongside rally wins in both the Norwegian and Asia-Pacific rally championships, he has also earned the first two WRC2 podiums of his fledgling career.
His first came in the Rally Sweden, where he took part in an event which crosses into his native Norway and its route actually passed through land owned by his family. He has followed that up with a second place finish at the Rally Italia Sardegna earlier this month and this result left him sitting in sixt place in the overall WRC2 standings.
Mexican driver Benito Guerra Jr is competing in his first full season in WRC2 and also has two podium finishes under his belt already. Driving a FABIA R5 prepared and run by the Motorsport Italia team, his first podium came in his home rally, with third place at the Rally Guanajuato Mexico. This was followed by another third at the Rally Argentina.
He endured bad luck at the Rallye de Portugal but - alongside co-driver Daniel Cué - will be looking to make amends in Poland.
Polish driver Hubert Ptaszek and his co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak will also be competing in a FABIA R5 here, for the Orlen team. Ptaszek earned three WRC2 podium finishes last season, but this year his best finish to date has been fifth at the Rally Argentina. He will be looking to make amends after failing to finish here last year, and if he can find the consistency to go with his raw pace, he could well find himself challenging at the top of the field.
Another FABIA R5 will be driven by the young Frenchman Quentin Gilbert. He will be competing alongside Belgian co-driver Renaud Jamoul and in a car prepared and run by the Tagai Racing Technology. This year’s Rally de Portugal was his first drive in a FABIA R5 and he was pushing for a podium place before a spectacular crash on the final leg saw him roll out of the rally. The 2015 Junior WRC and WRC3 champion will be hoping for better fortune in Poland.
And the final FABIA R5 to compete in the Rally Poland will be driven by experienced Estonian driver Raul Jeets for the Tehase Auto team. The 42-year old is starting his first rally of the season and his first ever WRC2 event too. He was focusing on the European Rally Championship for the past two seasons, but alongside co-driver Kuldar Sikk, will be looking forward to his first WRC adventure.
As always, ŠKODA Motorsport wishes the very best of luck to all FABIA R5 drivers and will be keeping a close eye on their progress throughout the weekend.