Mladá Boleslav, 28 June 2017 – Pontus Tidemand and co-driver Jonas Andersson (ŠKODA FABIA R5) are dominantly leading the WRC 2 championship. So far they competed in four WRC 2 rounds and won them all. With another victory at Rally Poland (June 29th to July 2nd), they would be in a strong position to win the World Rally Championship (WRC 2) this year. For ŠKODA Motorsport, another success would as well be the 11th WRC 2 win in a row since Rally Spain in October 2016.
"In Poland Pontus and Jonas can make a big step forward in their pursuit of winning the WRC 2 title," says ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek. Every competitor in WRC 2 can bring not more than six results into his overall tally. Tidemand/Andersson collected 100 points with four wins in four events. Among the entries in WRC 2 category in Rally Poland, ŠKODA is the strongest brand with six FABIA R5. "We are delighted that more and more teams trust in the speed and reliability of our ŠKODA FABIA R5. Up to now, we delivered more than 140 cars to customers worldwide," adds Hrabánek.
Rally Poland offers 23 special stages totalling 326 kilometres on very fast sandy roads in the picturesque countryside of the Masurian Lake District, a popular holiday region in Northern Poland. The rally is based in Mikolajki, which hosts the start on Thursday, 16h00 local time, finish on Sunday, 14h30, and in between three runs of a super special stage next to the service park.
"This year I already got a lot of experience on gravel," says ŠKODA driver Pontus Tidemand. "But the upcoming Rally Poland is very special – it is one of the fastest events of the World Rally Championship. Last year, I learnt a lot in Poland ending up in seventh position only – now I am aiming for the victory."
Pontus Tidemand and co-driver Jonas Andersson started their 2017 winning streak at Rally Sweden, taking top position at their home event on snow in convincing style. The tough gravel events in Mexico and Argentina saw another faultless performance of the Swedish duo. In Portugal they had well deserved luck to win another thrilling event with their ŠKODA FABIA R5. In Poland the ŠKODA factory team is again facing strong competition not only from Norwegian junior team Ole Christian Veiby/Stig Rune Skjaermoen in a privately entered ŠKODA FABIA R5.
Until today ŠKODA won ten consecutive WRC 2 rallies in a row. This winning sequence started at Rally Spain in October 2016. Of the last 18 WRC 2 events the Czech manufacturer won 17.
Did you know...
...that Rally Poland was first established in 1921 and is one of the world’s oldest still existing rallies?
…that Rally Poland was included in the inaugural WRC season of 1973 and on this occasion only three teams were classified?
…that Rally Poland in 2009 returned to the WRC only for once before it was removed again from the calendar?
…that Rally Poland returned again in 2014 and is now, together with Rally Finland, one of the fastest events of the World Rally Championship?
The 2017 calendar of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2)
Rally Monte Carlo 19/01–22/01/2017
Rally Sweden 09/02–12/02/2017
Rally Mexico 09/03–12/03/2017
Rally France 06/04–09/04/2017
Rally Argentina 27/04–30/04/2017
Rally Portugal 18/05–21/05/2017
Rally Italy Sardinia 08/06–11/06/2017
Rally Poland 29/06–02/07/2017
Rally Finland 27/07–30/07/2017
Rally Germany 17/08–20/08/2017
Rally Spain 05/10–08/10/2017
Rally Great Britain 26/10–29/10/2017
Rally Australia 16/11–19/11/2017