Břetislav Enge (1950–2020), Zdeněk Vojtěch (1951–1998)
Several drivers were involved in the 1981 European Touring Car Championship for ŠKODA, but these two
played a starring role. Enge started his career in rally driving but soon switched to circuit racing. He was
known for his consistency and virtually identical lap times throughout the race. He finished 2nd in Division
I of the European Touring Car Championship in 1979 and was the Czech Champion several times.
Vojtěch won the National Uphill Championship in 1976 and finished 2nd (alongside Enge) in Division I
of the European Championship in 1979. He also won this division with Josef Michl and Petr Samohýl in
1980. His career climaxed at the 1981 European Championship. He tragically died in a road traffic accident.
European Championship 1980, Pergusa, Sicily:
Zdeněk Vojtěch and Břetislav Enge win their
class and finish 5th overall.
A typical situation at the 1981 Peace and Friendship
Cup: a pack of Lada drivers chasing the only ŠKODA
on the track, a 120 L driven by Petr Samohýl...
chasing, but never catching up.
The homologation of the ŠKODA 130 RS ended in
1983, and it was replaced by the ŠKODA 130 LR
with a series-produced saloon body. Although
this car did not look as ‘spicy’ as its predecessor,
it turned out to be just as successful. To name
just one of its highlights: Ladislav Křeček /
Bořivoj Motl finished 13th overall at the Acropolis Rally 1985, despite having start number
56 and having to overtake two to three cars
in each special stage. The only items replaced
on this car were tyres and brake pads. One
more unprecedented story for good measure:
Křeček / Motl finished second overall and won
the under-2,000 cm3 class at the European
Championship event in Boucles de Spa in 1986
– only one car was faster, a Ford Sierra 4×4!
The factory team’s site at night: 1985 ŠKODA Rally.
The ŠKODA 130 LR No. 21 was used by Jiří Urban / Jiří
Klíma who came 7th, the other ŠKODA 130 LR, No. 19,
by Gerhard Kalnay / Günter Tazreiter who finished 8th.
The ŠKODA RAPID 130 R/H took part in the Veedol Cup,
an endurance race series at Nürburgring, from 1987 to 1989.
Taking turns behind the wheel in this 24-hour race were
Petr Samohýl, Willi Obermann (German-based
ŠKODA dealer) and Svatopluk Kvaizar.