Skoda Auto’s factory team Skoda Motorsport is going to appear with three crews at the Monte Carlo Rally in January, the first event of the 2010 season of Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).
The team’s two long-standing crews, Hänninen – Markkula and Kopecký – Starý, are going to be joined by Frenchman Nicolas Vouilloz, the 2008 IRC champion. Vouilloz is going to choose his co-driver within a few days.
Commenting on Vouilloz’s involvement, Head of Skoda Motorsport Michal Hrabánek says: ‘The Monte Carlo Rally is an extremely challenging event and we see it as one of the most important races of the upcoming season. The 2009 Monte Carlo event successfully started off our new project Fabia Super2000 and then the whole 2009 season was a success for our crews and a great motivation for the entire team to work hard also in the future. We put in a very good performance in Monte Carlo last year and we want to be at least equally successful in 2010.
Nicolas Vouilloz is a top-class driver and his IRC track record is really impressive, and so we are really pleased that he is going to join our team for this challenging event. I am sure that his participation will substantially increase Skoda Motorsport’s chance to succeed and also believe that it will support our marketing efforts in France, because France is one of our target markets as far as Fabia Super2000 is concerned and one of Skoda’s key markets in general. Looking for opportunities of using top-class motorsport projects as a brand development tool is part of our cooperation with the importer of Skoda in France.’”