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ERC event-winning Fabia R5 turns 100

ERC event-winning Fabia R5 turns 100

03/01/2017 12:00

FIA European Rally Championship event-winning make ŠKODA has reached a significant milestone by completing Fabia R5 number 100 for a customer in The Netherlands.

Representatives from Erik Wevers’ team travelled to ŠKODA Motorsport’s Mladá Boleslav base to collect the landmark machine.

Afterwards, ŠKODA Motorsport director Michal Hrabánek said: “This shows just how sought-after our latest rally car is and confirms what a good job our Customer Racing department is doing. After all, the ŠKODA Fabia R5 has only been around for about a year and a half.”

World motorsport governing body the FIA homologated the ŠKODA Fabia R5 for competition use in April 2015. Since then the car has taken seven ERC event wins with rising rally star Ralfs Sirmacis (pictured) notching up three triumphs driving for Sports Racing Technologies with support from ŠKODA’s Baltic importer.

The 2017 ERC season gets underway on the Azores Airlines Rallye from 30 March-1 April.

Drivers with FIA European Rally Championship experience starred on Rallye Monte-Carlo last weekend with eight of the top 10 having competed in the ERC in the past.

Giandomenico Basso bettered his runner-up spot in 2005 to claim the FIA European Rally Championship in ’06, still with co-driver Mitia Dotta but this time in an Abarth Grande Punto S2000.

Three drivers who achieved career lift-off by shining brightly in the FIA European Rally Championship have been marked out as ones to watch in 2017 by respected French motorsport magazine AUTOhebdo.

Competitors in the FIA European Rally Championship will once again go up against leading runners from Portugal’s domestic series when the Azores Airlines Rallye takes place from 30 March-1 April.

A number of drivers with FIA European Rally Championship experience will be in action when Rallye Monte-Carlo gets underway this evening.

Rally Islas Canarias will celebrate two notable firsts when it takes place from 4-6 May.