SKODA customers again successful around the world in a challenging rally season 2020
Among the 14 titles and trophies, ŠKODA customers won in 2020, one success is a historical landmark for the Czech brand: Barry McKenna and James Fulton from Ireland won the ARA National Championship Trophy in the USA, the first ever such title for the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo.
Michal Hrabánek : The first lockdown this year, caused by the fight against COVID-19/coronavirus, forced us into a break. Nevertheless – even during the shutdown – we did not suspend the ordering process for ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo cars and spare parts. Deliveries did not stop at any time; we were sending parts out of our stock even to South America.
How much did this situation affect the world of rallying?
Michal Hrabánek: The COVID-19/corona crisis already has a huge effect on our private and professional lives. On the other hand, until today we sold 46 cars in 2020, which totals to 372 ŠKODA FABIA sold to customers around the world. At the moment, roughly more than 1,000 Rally2 cars of all brands exist around the world.
Why did you choose to switch from an official manufacturer involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship to a strategy of supporting private drivers? We decided to focus on customer teams and to strengthen the cooperation with them by offering even better services. In 2021, we will continue with this strategy. Their success shows, our new customer strategy paid off.
Bulgaria: Miroslav Angelov/Georgi Gadzhev (BGR/BGR) Finland: Teemu Asunmaa/Jani Salo (FIN/FIN) Greece: Ionannis Papadimitrou/Nikolaos Petropoulos and Giorgos Polizois (GRC/GRC) Mexico: Ricardo Triviño/Marc Martí (MEX/ESP) Namibia: Allan Martin/Maretha Olivier (NAM/NAM) Norway: Anders Grøndal/Marius Fuglerud (NOR/NOR) Portugal: Armindo Araújo/Luís Ramalho (PRT/PRT) Romania: Simone Tempestini/Sergiu Itu (ITA/ROM) Russia: Vasiliy Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov und Dmitry Lebedik (RUS/RUS) Slovakia: Grzegorz Grzyb/ Michał Poradzisz (POL/POL) USA: Barry McKenna/James Fulton (IRL/IRL)
Dec 20, 2020 at 23:33