The ŠKODA FABIA WRC
was launched at the 2003
Geneva Motor Show and
made its debut at
the Deutschland Rally
in the middle
of the same year.
ŠKODA Motorsport had gained considerable experience with the OCTAVIA,
but now the ŠKODA FABIA WRC’s time in the limelight had come. It was more
compact and lighter, and expectations were high.
The FABIA WRC only achieved a handful of sixth places in
its two and a half seasons, but Colin McRae enchanted fans
with his heroic fight for a podium place at the 2005 Rally
Australia. However, the technology the team used could
not stave off the competition. They disbanded and the cars
were sold to private drivers with the guarantee of technical
assistance. Jan Kopecký / Filip Schovánek in a FABIA WRC
finished 5th at both the 2006 Catalunya Rally and the 2007
Monte Carlo Rally 2009: an excellent premiere for
the ŠKODA FABIA Super 2000. Jan Kopecký / Petr Starý
finished 4th in their first appearance. The photo shows their
car being serviced by mechanics during a break.
26 | 120 years on the racetrack
Toni Gardemeister / Paavo Lukander at
the 2003 Rally Australia. Gardemeister
received the Star of the Event award
– driving his car one-handed, having
broken the other.
FABIA Super 2000 IRC
2006 saw the launch of a new
series, the Intercontinental Rally
Challenge (IRC). A derivative of
the FABIA II, the ŠKODA FABIA
Super 2000 made its debut on
the brand’s test circuit on 14 January 2008. A year of hard work,
tests, and fine-tuning ensued.
The new FABIA premiered at the
2009 Monte Carlo Rally, with Jan
Kopecký / Petr Starý and Juho
Hänninen / Mikko Markkula in two
vehicles. The Czech duo came 4th,
the Finns had an accident. The two
FABIAs eventually finished 2nd and
6th in their first season.