CIRCUIT AND UPHILL
The second half of the 1990s saw ŠKODA vehicles take part in many rallies and
races around the world, and the brand’s entry into the WRC was just around the corner.
The brand’s 1995 World Championship car was the ŠKODA
FELICIA Kit Car built in line
with the then-new Formula 2
regulations that allowed more
extensive modifications. Moreover, ‘Kit’ cars were faster,
more powerful, had more
powerful brakes and improved
handling; on dry tarmac,
they could compete with allwheel drive vehicles. ŠKODA
used a car with a 1,300 cm3
engine as well as one with
1,500 cm3, and one year later
also a 1,600 cm3 engine. The
brand finished third that season,
a solid result considering the
car was still in its infancy.
As usual, the last event of the
1996 Championship was the
RAC Rally. Ex-world champion
Stig Blomqvist drove his
FELICIA excellently, just as he
did in his younger days, comfortably winning the Formula 2
category and finishing 3rd
overall! The season ended with
ŠKODA in third place, behind
Seat and Renault.
The Mladá Boleslav team made
an excellent start to the 1997
World Championship. The
Monte Carlo Rally in January
saw ŠKODAs dominate the F2
category. Triner won, Sibera
came second, and on top of
that, they finished 11th and 12th
overall. The brand performed
well, even though a completely
new model was already in the
pipeline. Coming in second at
the end of the Championship
was a tremendous success.
22 | 120 years on the racetrack
The ŠKODA FELICIA Kit Car at
the Acropolis Rally 1995: excellent 8th
place for Pavel Sibera / Petr Gross!
Racing is an appealing yet expensive hobby. The idea for an
affordable car was conceived by ŠKODA dealer Ota Zenkl. He
used the ŠKODA PICK UP as the basis for success in ten racing
seasons, the first in 1996.
In 1996, ŠKODA achieved excellent results at
the Rally New Zealand (Emil Triner and Pavel
Štanc winning their class) and the Rally Australia
(Pavel Sibera with Petr Gross winning their class).
Stig Blomqvist / Benny Melander took 3rd place
in the overall standings of the RAC Rally 1996
(pictured), a sensational result!