Skoda Fabia’s IRC rally career is going on superb, as they prepare for the Corsica Rally while topping the Manufacturers rankings after the first two events.
They will be attacking the beautiful and lustrous hills of Corsica with six Fabia Super 2000s, three factory cars and three privateers. The Corsica rally consists of fourteen stages and over covers 321 kilometers of challenging tarmac surface.
Besides Kopecký (Škoda Motorsport), Loix (Škoda Belgium) and Mikkelsen (Škoda UK) in factory cars, IRC will see Patrick Sandell’s premiere with a private Fabia (Škoda Sweden) and Toni Gardemeister with another private car, both of the latter two being supported by Škoda importers in their respective countries. Jean-François Succi will also privately-entered a Fabia Super 2000.
Commenting on the upcoming event, Jan Kopecký of Škoda Motorsport (factory team) says: “This rally will certainly not be an easy one, mainly because IRC events are usually simpler in terms of logistics. Furthermore, the programme extends from early mornings till late evenings, and the whole team will have to keep moving all the time. All that will have an impact on our performance, because we won’t do much sleeping. I appeared in Corsica in the past, but this year’s rally is completely different as far as the composition of the respective stages is concerned, and includes combinations of fast flat asphalt and old broken surface. Furthermore, the event takes place in mountains where the drivers can’t see through bends, and so the quality of our preparation will be an important factor. However, we are determined to do our best – we put in a great performance in the Canary Islands, and we want to carry on going and move up the championship rankings”.