During the first weekend of February, the unique GP Ice Race featured stunning action with roughly 150 drivers in historic and modern race and rally cars. Filip Mareš from Czech Republic (2019 Junior Rally Champion/ERC1), Martin Koči (Slovakian Rally Champion), Fabian Kreim (Winner of the German Rally Championship) all won titles in 2019. Austrian local hero Julian Wagner finished the Austrian Rally Championship 2019 as runner-up. To battle for the “Ice Race of Champions” victory – each of them was on equal terms in driving a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, technically identical and prepared by the factory team.
To win the “Ice Race of Champions”, the results of the Saturday and Sunday races were added. With one victory on Saturday and a second place on Sunday, Fabian Kreim took the overall victory ahead of Julian Wagner who was third quickest on the first day and took a victory on Sunday. With second and a fourth place, Martin Koči took the last position on the podium. For the fourth placed Filip Mareš, the GP Ice Race was a welcomed opportunity to prepare himself for driving on ice and snow. The European Junior Rally Champion (ERC1) will compete with a private entered ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo at the upcoming Rally Sweden (13/02/–16/02/2020).
Jan Kopecký, 2019 GP Ice Race category winner with a ŠKODA FABIA, WRC2 Champion of 2018 and seven times Czech Rally Champion, enjoyed a new role at the GP Ice Race 2020 as a coach for the young guns and entertained the crowd with demonstration runs on a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo.
Results GP Ice Race 2020/”Ice Race of Champions”:
1. Fabian Kreim (GER), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 18 points
2. Julian Wagner (AUT), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 16 points
3. Martin Koči (SVK), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 12 points
4. Filip Mareš (CZE), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 10 points
Number of the day: 16.000
Around 16.000 spectators visited the GP Ice Race 2020 at Zell am See-Kaprun