Skoda finish 1-2 in Russia
- 14th July 2009, 1:09pm
Dominating this weekend's IRC event in Russia from the start to the finish, Å koda Auto's factory team Å koda Motorsport made up of two crews driving the Fabia S 2000, coped excellently with the challenging gravel track - Juho Hänninen with Mikko Markkula won, Jan KopeckÃ½ with Petr StarÃ½ came second, 1 minute and 20 seconds behind the winner.
Being faster than his opponent right from the start and winning all speed trials except one on Day 2 of the competition, Juho Hänninen put in an excellent performance. Furthermore, his team-mate managed to hold the runner-up position from the start until the finish. As a result, Å koda Motorsport celebrate their first victory in their fourth IRC appearance and a historic â€œdoubleâ€.
Commenting on the brand's achievement, Head of Å koda Motorsport Michal HrabÃ¡nek said: â€œWe are all enormously happy. This is the best reward for the entire team, Å koda Auto and its partners involved in the Fabia Super 2000 project. A big thanks to all of them. Obviously, this victory is a great impulse for further work and we are not going to rest on our laurels. Yet I believe that this milestone will boost the whole project and attract potential buyers of the Fabia Super 2000. I take my hat off to both our crews, selecting them for our team was apparently a good decision. We have known Jan KopeckÃ½ for a long time, he puts in stable performances and has improved a great deal.
"Juho Hänninen showed already in Monte Carlo this year in January that he could be pretty fast, too, and I am really glad that he has now shown how good he really is. We have done a great job in terms of promoting the Å koda brand, and I daresay that this has not been our last achievement. The next event takes place in ZlÃn, Czech Republic, where we will logically be under pressure, but we all look forward to it.â€œ
Juho Hänninen: â€œMy Fabia was fantastic throughout the race, I wish to thank the whole team for the excellent job they've done here. I felt right from the beginning that I was fast, but we had to be on the ball all the way, as the track was very stony, especially on Friday and Saturday. We enjoyed the race very much and once again â€“ a big thank you goes to the entire team.â€œ
Jan KopeckÃ½: â€œI wish to thank the whole team for an excellent job and their support, the car was really superb all the time. The track was very difficult, very bumpy, with some extremely stony places where the drivers simply could not go full blast. We were nowhere near beating Juho this time, his performance was excellent, he looks like he was born on this surface! This is indeed a great result for Å koda and I already look forward to the race in ZlÃn in August â€“ I wish to invite all our fans. I am certain that it will be a fantastic race.â€œ
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