New Caledonia is already
familiar with the ŠKODA
brand, as well as the fact
that its teams come
there to take
Gill / Glen
Macneall (also in
a FABIA) come second.
The latest chapter in
motorsport under the
ŠKODA brand is the
FABIA R5. Its history
began in 2014.
A new challenge
Kopecký and Dresler were given
a new task in 2014: The European
Champions will attempt to win the
Asia-Pacific Rally Championship
(APRC), so far dominated by local
drivers... The Czechs collected
190 points at events in New
Zealand, New Caledonia, Australia,
Malaysia, Japan and China to
win the APRC by 72 points!
Premiere in Krumlov
In 2012, the FIA introduced a new rally class to replace the
Super 2000 – the R5. The objective is to make rallying cheaper,
i.e. make it accessible to a wider range of potential teams and
drivers. ŠKODA introduced the FABIA R5 for the 2015 season.
With Kopecký / Dresler behind the wheel, the vehicle premiered
in Český Krumlov. They won five domestic competitions in
a row to win another Czech championship title. 2016 saw them
repeat the same trajectory. The greatest challenge was the
World Championship where ŠKODA was widely expected to
comfortably win the Manufacturers’ Cup – ŠKODA met those
expectations by winning ten of the total of 14 events.
Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler travelled
a lot throughout Asia and enjoyed
a great deal of success, too. This photo
shows them at the last APRC event
in China where they came second
to seal a comfortable overall victory.
Ten and thirteen
As if the previous season was not
exciting enough, let’s take a glimpse at
2017. The WRC 2 Championship involved
13 events, of which the ŠKODA FABIA R5
won ten; Pontus Tidemand / Jonas
Andersson alone took four wins. If we
wanted to write the history of the WRC2,
carbon paper would come in handy.
The 2018 season again involved thirteen
events: this time, eleven wins for the
ŠKODA FABIA R5.
30 | 120 years on the racetrack
ŠKODA won four events and was crowned WRC 2
champion, Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm won in Poland
(pictured), and Finland and finished third
in the Drivers’ Cup.
Pontus Tidemand / Emil Axelsson practising
the high long jump at the Rally Portugal 2017.
Can you guess how high they
are above the ground?