According to plan
In 1990, the ŠKODA FAVORIT appeared
in the Veedol Cup again in Group H.
The powertrain was a combination
of an OHV 1.5 l engine and a 6-speed
gearbox. The under-1.6 l class of
the 24 h race was again won by
Samohýl, Obermann and Kvaizar.
The motorsport team had only one ambition in 1994 – to
win the F2 World Cup. The fact that the FAVORIT’s engine
volume was relatively small and the corresponding output
was low would not stop them; everything went according
to plan. The Acropolis, Rally, an event with a reputation for
writing off more cars than any other rally, saw the brand’s two
crews, Emil Triner / Jiří Klíma and Pavel Sibera / Petr Gross,
take the first two places in their category and finish in the top
ten overall. ŠKODA took the Championship lead and held it
until the very end. Winning the FIA World Cup was a great
achievement as the curtain fell on the FAVORIT era. Next up
was the ŠKODA FELICIA, introduced in September 1994.
The brand’s historic victory in
the 1994 FIA Manufacturers’ Cup.
Standing from left are drivers
Emil Triner, Vladimír Berger,
Jindřich Štolfa, Pavel Sibera,
kneeling from left are navigators
Jiří Klíma, Pavel Štanc, Miroslav
Fanta, Petr Gross.
Pavel Sibera / Petr Gross won their
class and came 25th overall (out of
75 cars that completed the event) at
the 1991 Monte Carlo Rally. 100 duos
did not make it to the finish line.
The FAVORIT was a tool with an outstanding
performance. Later, it also became
the first car of the factory-backed crew
Jaroslav Starý / Miroslav Šlambora.
Pavel Sibera (1962)
Started his racing career on motorbikes, but soon left them for four wheels; he drove a range of ŠKODA rally cars, from the 120 LS to the ŠKODA OCTAVIA WRC, which speaks volumes about his driving
skills. He had a reliable navigator in Petr Gross. He played a key role in ŠKODA winning the F2 World
Cup in 1994. He was crowned the 1999 European Formula 2 Vice-Champion with a ŠKODA OCTAVIA
Kit Car and made it into the top ten overall at three World Championship events.
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