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150425 Perfect start – New ŠKODA Fabia R5 wins on its rally debut

150425 Perfect start - New ŠKODA Fabia R5 wins on its rally debut

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Perfect start: New ŠKODA Fabia R5 wins on
its rally debut

› Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler triumph with the new rally car at the opening
round of the Czech Rally Championship
› Hrabánek: “Delighted to have made such a successful start”
› Faster and more reliable: ŠKODA Fabia R5 impresses thousands of fans on its
debut on home soil

Klatovy, 25th April 2015 – First race, first commanding victory, and the fastest
time on eleven of twelve special stages: the new ŠKODA Fabia R5 enjoyed a
dazzling rally debut in its native Czech Republic. Asia-Pacific champion Jan
Kopecký (CZ) guided the rally car to a dominant victory at the 50th anniversary
of the Rally Šumava Klatovy. Thousands of fans cheered on the new car, which
proved to be both fast and reliable on its debut.

“The rally debut of our new ŠKODA Fabia R5 symbolically launched a new chapter of our
motorsport tradition in the home of the brand. As such, we are particularly delighted to
have made such a successful start. We were very excited, and the debut showed that we
are on the right track with the new rally car,” said Michal Hrabánek. However, the ŠKODA
Motorsport Director warned against getting carried away: “We do not want to read too
much into the first result. The car and the team will have to come through some very
different tests at the coming rallies.”

That said, the opening round of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR) went like
clockwork. The ŠKODA Fabia R5 became one of very few rally cars ever to have won its
first official special stage. And there was more success to come: by the end of an
impressive display over 150.71 kilometres, Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler, in the green,
white and black ŠKODA Fabia R5, had opened up a lead of 1:34.6 minutes over Bryan
Bouffier. The Frenchman is no slouch, having finished runner-up in the 2013 European
Championship – again behind Kopecký in a ŠKODA.

“The first start with our new ŠKODA Fabia R5 could not have gone better. We were
obviously a bit tense as, after all the many tests, only an actual race would truly reveal
how well the car was running. And it worked perfectly: we are very happy about the win
and hope we were able to impress a lot of people with our new Fabia R5,” said debut
driver Kopecký, who was even able to try out some different set-ups on his first outing
with the new rally car. “We are already really looking forward to the next rallies, as it
seems to be a great car.”

The experienced 33-year-old will be back in action at the Rally Český Krumlov, the
second round of the Czech Rally Championship, on 22nd and 23rd May. At almost exactly
the same time, ŠKODA Motorsport will make its comeback in the WRC 2 category of the
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) from 21st to 24th May. European champion

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Esapekka Lappi (FIN) and new signing Pontus Tidemand (S) will be at the wheel of the
new ŠKODA Fabia R5. Hrabánek: “Running two cars will be another challenge with our
new rally car. Before then, we will continue testing. The win puts us in a good position
going forward, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us.”

The number for the Rally Šumava Klatovy: 11

Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler won eleven of the twelve special stages as the ŠKODA
Fabia R5 made its race debut. Not only did the new car triumph on its very first special
stage, but it won the longest stage on the rally by an impressive margin. Kopecký
finished over 17 seconds ahead of Bryan Bouffier on both runs of the 25.59-kilometre
stage.

Rally Šumava Klatovy – Result

1. Kopecký/Dresler (CZ/CZ), ŠKODA Fabia R5 1:20:20.9 hrs
2. Bouffier/Moreau (F/F), Citroën DS3 R5 + 1:34.6 min
3. Valoušek/Havelková (CZ/CZ), ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 + 2:48.9 min
4. Odložilík/Tureček (CZ/CZ), Subaru Impreza WRC + 2:55.1 min
5. Sýkora/Palivec (CZ/CZ), Ford Fiesta R5 + 2:59.5 min

Czech Rally Championship (MČR)

Event Date
Rally Šumava Klatovy 24.04.–25.04.2015
Rally Český Krumlov 22.05.–23.05.2015
Rally Hustopeče 19.06.–20.06.2015
Rally Bohemia 10.07.–12.07.2015
Barum Czech Rally Zlín 28.08.–30.08.2015
Rally Příbram 02.10.–04.10.2015

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For more information:
Karel Pokorný, Communications Motorsport
Ph. +420 604 292 191
Karel.Pokorny1@skoda-auto.cz
http://skoda-motorsport.com

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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, ŠKODA won a hat-trick of titles in the Manufacturers’ and
Drivers’ 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 then 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 a total of 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.

ŠKODA AUTO
› 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
cars.
› currently has seven passenger car models: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster/Praktik, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and
Superb.
› in 2014 delivered more than one million vehicles to customers around the world 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. It also manufactures 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.