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160213 Rally Sweden – SKODA Motorsport – Day 2

160213 Rally Sweden - SKODA Motorsport - Day 2

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ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
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Rally Sweden: Tidemand on course to finish on the
podium for ŠKODA at his home rally

› ŠKODA works duo Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (S/S) worked their way
up from fourth place into second on Saturday
› Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) win two special stages and are now
› Final sprint: Now only the final power stage covering 15.87 kilometres is
scheduled for Sunday

Karlstad, 13 February 2016 – Clear upward trend for ŠKODA Motorsport on day
two of the Rally Sweden. After a mixed start to the second event of the FIA
World Rally Championship (WRC 2) on Friday, the two ŠKODA works drivers
Pontus Tidemand (S) and Esapekka Lappi (FIN) worked their way significantly
up the field with outstanding stage times in the WRC 2 classification. This
leaves local hero Tidemand and his co-driver Jonas Andersson (S) in second
place going into the final day of his home rally, and his deficit of 17.9 seconds
to leader Elfyn Evans (GB) even gives him a minimal chance of victory. Team-
mate Lappi and co-driver Janne Ferm (FIN) are also dreaming of a podium
finish. The “flying Finns” are just 8.7 seconds off third place.

Four of the five stage best times on Saturday went to a ŠKODA Fabia R5 driver. Lappi
won the special stages Rämmen 2 and Vargåsen 2 – narrowly beating Tidemand on each
stage, who previously won the stage Vargåsen 1 and the spectator stage in the Karlstad
equestrian stadium in the evening. Meaning that a ŠKODA works driver set the pace on
both passes of the legendary stage on which the teams have to master the acclaimed
Colin’s Crest, popular with rally fans.

“We had a lot of fun on the special stages today,” said Tidemand. “The ŠKODA Fabia R5
ran perfectly and I was in excellent harmony with my new co-driver Jonas Andersson.
Jonas really is a pace note guru! Today’s stages were pure gravel tracks during the recce,
but they were completely covered in snow today. Despite this, we were able to push
thanks to Jonas’ experience, and increasingly reduced the deficit to the leaders. It’s a
shame that so many classified kilometres were cancelled and there is only one stage left
for tomorrow. However, we will give it our all once again to try and make the impossible

Lappi, who complained he was suffering with a cold on Saturday, hasn’t given up on the
dream of a place on the winner’s podium either. “I’m a little surprised that I made up so
many places today and even won two stages,” said the Finn. “I didn’t actually feel that
well during the day. But in the afternoon in particular I found a good rhythm and got
through the stages cleanly. The aim was to make up as many places as possible. Maybe

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we will even manage to move up another place, even though it will be far from easy on
the relatively short power stage on Sunday.”

The two ŠKODA works drivers really don’t have a lot of time, or more accurately, many
kilometres left to continue their pursuit. Due to the unusually mild weather conditions in
the Swedish province of Värmland, which caused eight special stages to be cancelled at
the beginning of the week, only the final power stage covering 15.87 kilometres will be
held on Sunday. Four stages covering 61.74 kilometres were originally planned for the
final day. This sees the overall distance of the Rally Sweden reduced from 331.21 to
226.48 classified kilometres.

Classifications Rally Sweden (WRC 2) after six of 12 SS:

1. Evans/Parry (GB/GB) Ford Fiesta R5 1h 56m 49.4s
2. Tidemand/Andersson (S/S) ŠKODA Fabia R5 + 17.9s
3. Grøndal/Walfridsson (N/S) Ford Fiesta R5 + 1m 50.6s
4. Lappi/Ferm (FIN/FIN) ŠKODA Fabia R5 + 1m 59.3s
5. Brynildsen/Fredriksson (N/S) Ford Fiesta R5 + 2m 28.8s

Number of the day: 1.13

Mission Impossible? Maybe. But Pontus Tidemand will leave no stone unturned on
Sunday. His deficit to leader Elfyn Evans stands at 17.9 seconds going into the final
special stage of the Rally Sweden. To claim the win in the WRC 2 classification at his
home rally, Tidemand would have to be 1.13 seconds per kilometre faster than his rival.
An almost impossible task to master in modern rallying.

For more information:
David Haidinger, Communications Motorsport
Ph. +420 604 292 188

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Media images:

ŠKODA at the Rally Sweden
Asia-Pacific champion Pontus Tidemand (S) is on
course to finish on the podium at his home rally.

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ŠKODA at the Rally Sweden
Esapekka Lappi (FIN) pulled off a splendid catch-up
from ninth place to fourth on Saturday.

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ŠKODA Motorsport Overview:
ŠKODA has been on the motorsport scene since 1901. Be it on the circuit or in rallies,
ŠKODA has celebrated victories and won titles all around the world. Historical highlights
include numerous title wins in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), the FIA Asia-
Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), as well
as the victory in the European Touring Car Championship in 1981. ŠKODA teams have
also triumphed in the world’s oldest and most famous rally, taking several class victories
in the legendary Monte Carlo, which was first held in 1911.

In 2015, ŠKODA celebrated four victories in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2)
with their new ŠKODA Fabia R5 rally car. The high-tech 4×4 was homologated by the
International Automobile Federation FIA on 1 April 2015. In the ŠKODA Fabia R5’s very
first season, factory duo Pontus Tidemand/Emil Axelsson (S/S) secured the fourth APRC
title in a row for ŠKODA. In addition, the brand claimed five national titles with their new
winning model.

ŠKODA’s new Fabia R5 proudly continues the brand’s long tradition in motorsport. Its
predecessor, the Fabia Super 2000, was the most successful model in ŠKODA’s 115-year
motorsport history. With the 4×4 from Mladá Boleslav, factory duo Jan Kopecký/Pavel
Dresler (CZ/CZ) achieved the historic feat of becoming the first duo in history to win the
drivers’ title in the ERC and the APRC in consecutive years. Between 2009 and 2014,

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ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 drivers won a total of 50 national and international titles
around the world.

In 2016, the factory teams Pontus Tidem and/Jonas Andersson (S/S), Jan Kopecký/Pavel
Dresler and Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (F/F) are competing with the ŠKODA Fabia R5 in
the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2).

› 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.
› delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers worldwide in 2015.
› 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 such as engines and gear transmissions.
› operates at three locations in the Czech Republic. It also produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India,
mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs about 25,900 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.

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Published: 29. 3. 2016