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151205 International Automobile Federation FIA Honours SKODA’s APRC Champions

151205 International Automobile Federation FIA Honours SKODA's APRC Champions

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International Automobile Federation FIA
Honours ŠKODA’s APRC Champions

› Pontus Tidemand and Emil Axelsson honoured at the FIA gala in Paris
› ŠKODA claims fourth consecutive title triple in the renowned continental

Paris, 5 December 2015 – During the International Automobile Federation’s
motorsport gala, Pontus Tidemand (S) and Emil Axelsson (S) were crowned
official champions of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). ŠKODA
received the awards for the driver and manufacturer championship in the
prestigious continental championship for the fourth consecutive year at the
official FIA prize-giving ceremony for the 2015 motorsport season in Paris.
Works driver Tidemand had led the championship with five victories and a
second-place finish while wrapping up the season with an acclaimed victory
with the new ŠKODA Fabia R5 in the key market of China.

“Taking the fourth title in a row in the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, four wins in
the World Rally Championship WRC 2 and five national titles are terrific results for the
first year with the ŠKODA Fabia R5. This is also a great honour for each and every
employee in the ŠKODA Motorsport racing family who again did a great job during this
year’s rally season,” said ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek.

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ŠKODA at the FIA gala in Paris
Pontus Tidemand and Emil Axelsson (S/S) are
crowned champions of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally
Championship (APRC).

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ŠKODA Motorsport Overview
ŠKODA has been involved in the world of motorsport since 1901. The brand has taken
home many trophies from the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), FIA European Rally
Championship (ERC), FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and several famous
races, such as the oldest rally in the world – the Monte Carlo, which has taken place
annually since 1911.

The Fabia Super 2000 rally car is the most successful model in ŠKODA’s 114-year history
in motorsport. In 2014, the brand won a hat trick of titles in the manufacturer and driver
competitions in the APRC. The new reigning champions Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler
(CZ/CZ) achieved the momentous feat of becoming the first duo in history to win the
drivers’ title in the ERC and finally the APRC in consecutive years.

In the ERC, ŠKODA Motorsport took the title for the third time in a row in 2014, thanks
to Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) with the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000. Before
Lappi, the Finn Juho Hänninen (2012) and Jan Kopecký (2013) had won the European
title with the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000.

Between 2009 and 2014, ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 drivers won nearly 50 national and
international titles.

The International Automobile Federation FIA approved ŠKODA’s new rally car – the Fabia
R5 on 1 April 2015. The new rally car was presented to the International Press in the
Czech Republic on 15 April. The ŠKODA Fabia R5 celebrated its competitive début at the
Šumava Rally, Czech Republic in 2015. In their very first season with the new ŠKODA
Fabia R5, Pontus Tidemand/Emil Axelsson (S/S) claimed the APRC title. Five national
championships have also been won in the new high-tech four-wheel drive in 2015.

› is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. In 1895, the Czech
headquarters in Mladá Boleslav began producing bicycles, followed by the production of motorbikes and
› currently offers the following models in the range: Citigo, Fabia, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb.
› in 2014 delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers worldwide for the first time in a single year.
› has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful
automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and
develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions.
› operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly
through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs over 25,900 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.

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Published: 29. 3. 2016