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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.

José Suárez completed his maiden season of FIA European Rally Championship action by finishing second among the ERC Junior U28 contingent on Rally Liepāja to secure third in the final class reckoning.

Krisóf Klausz’s strong end to the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship continued when he finished sixth in class on Rally Liepāja.

Aleks Zawada says there were “a lot of positives” after his bid for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship – and the 100,000 euros prize fund – ultimately ended in disappointment in Latvia earlier this month.

Kalle Rovanperä says Nikolay Gryazin is the ultimate rival after the talented young guns locked horns on the closing round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship recently.

Jari Huttunen has spoken of his disappointment after losing out on the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title to Opel team-mate Chris Ingram in a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month.

Łukasz Habaj wishes his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship had come in happier circumstances.