Former World Rally Championship driver, Toni Gardemeister, has become the first buyer of a Skoda Fabia R5 evo.
The Finn, who runs Team Toni Gardemeister Services (TGS) is looking forward to the first event with the new car.
“I had successful rallies with the Skoda Fabia S2000 and the Skoda Fabia R5. I am happy about the good co-operation with Skoda Motorsport and proud to be the first customer team to receive the new Skoda Fabia R5 evo," he said.
Roughly 280 first generation Skoda Fabia R5 have been sold after the homologation in April 2015.
The new Skoda Fabia R5 evo follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, which is the most successful rally car in its category so far.
The new Skoda Fabia R5 evo already had a successful competition debut in the hands of factory teams Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen and Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler.
Skoda Motorsport scored double victories in the WRC 2 Pro category at the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship rounds in Portugal and Sardinia. Now the new rally car from Mladá Boleslav is ready to be delivered to the customers of Skoda Motorsport, too.
Sarka Kralova hands the Skoda Fabia R5 evo to Toni Gardemeister, owner of TGS Worldwide, ahead of Rally Finland.
Skoda Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek explained:
“The improved Skoda Fabia R5 evo is a follow-up of our successful R5 project. After an extended test program under challenging conditions we had a successful and promising start.
"During the first rallies, we encountered no technical issues at all and achieved two double victories in the WRC 2 Pro category of the World Rally Championship. Now we start to deliver the very reliable and competitive rally car to our customers.
“We are now working hard to manage the high demand of the new Skoda Fabia R5 evo and to build as many cars as possible for our customers. Before we delivered the first customer cars, we made sure to establish a sustainable supply chain for the necessary spare parts.”
The updated Skoda Fabia R5 adopts key design elements of the 2019 Skoda Fabia road car such as the headlights and a shaped vehicle front, at the same time getting important technical improvements.
The optimization has touched key technical components. The rally car features improved engine performance and reliability in comparison with the current version. The 1.6-litre turbocharged engine was upgraded, improving power output and engine response.
The car purchased by Gardemeister will be competing with promising Finn, Eerik Pietarinen, at the wheel at the upcoming Rally Finland, where he is nominated to score points in the WRC 2 Pro category by the Skoda Motorsport team.
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