Azores Rally 2010: Juho Hänninen / Mikko
Markkula came in third, but that would
not stop them from winning
the championship title.
Tough championship retention
Defending a win is harder than winning for
the first time; the 2011 season saw more than
110 IRC duos in action at some of the events.
Hänninen came first and Kopecký second on
the Canary Islands, and the brand also won
points in Corsica (2nd, 3rd), Yalta (1st, 3rd, 4th)
and Belgium (1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th). The ŠKODA team
achieved a hattrick of podium finishes on the
Azore Islands, then another at the Barum Rally in
Czechia. They also secured the championship title
in the penultimate event that took place in Scotland. At the last event, the Cyprus Rally, Mikkelsen
took the Drivers’ Cup after beating Kopecký by
1.5 points. ŠKODA defended both titles.
The courageous four
A total of four FABIAs appeared at the Monte
Carlo Rally in 2010, finishing 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th.
Event No. 3, the Argentina Rally, saw ŠKODA
sweep the podium thanks to Hänninen, Wilks
and Kopecký! For good measure, ŠKODA also
took all podium places in Belgium and in the
Czech Republic where the IRC category saw
27 cars in action. ŠKODA secured the Manufacturers’ Cup three events before the season
finale, and Juho Hänninen / Mikko Markkula
were crowned the winners of the IRC, two
events before the end of the series at the San
Remo Rally. Kopecký / Starý finished second.
Start No. 1 for Juho Hänninen / Mikko Markkula
also determined their position in the final
standings of the 2010 Rally of Scotland.
Cyprus Rally 2011: Andreas
Mikkelsen / Ola Fløene in
a FABIA Super 2000 on
their way to victory.
The season premiere at the 2011 Monte Carlo Rally
did not go as planned, the decisive factors being
fast-changing weather conditions and the choice
of tyres. Freddy Loix / Frédéric Miclotte finished
second, the other ŠKODA duos came 6th, 7th, 8th
and 11th. A few years earlier, everybody would
have been thrilled about finishing second!
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