And it wasn’t just in the World Championship where the FABIA R5 was winning titles. In national and regional events around the world, it enjoyed similar success.
ŠKODA Motorsport’s Jan Kopecký was also driving in the Czech Rally Championship and five successive wins saw him clinch our home championship is fine style.
Freddy Loix won the opening six rallies to secure the Belgian Rally Championship, his fourth in a row with ŠKODA, but the first in a FABIA R5. Meanwhile, Fabian Kreim also won six events en route to the German Rally Championship title.
In Hungary, there was a similarly dominant performance from Norbert Herczig, who was crowned Hungarian Rally Champion for the ŠKODA Rally Team Hungaria after four wins and a runners-up spot in the opening five events of their season. And in Slovakia, it was the Energy Oil Motorsport team pairing of Pavel Valoušek / Veronika Havelková who claimed the Slovak Rally Championship in a FABIA R5.