Rovanperä finished second in -2 Pro behind Gus Greensmith at last month’s Rallye monte carlo after a opening night wreck. He will even compete in a few weeks ’s minute around at (14 – 17 February).

Team director Michal Hrabánek said that while Kopecký might appear on rounds that were selected, Skoda will be more than very likely to feature Fabia R5 drivers competing under the works team banner since it places an increased focus on its customer programmes.

“Already by winning at the 2 category at Rally Finland 2018 he proved his exceptional pace and ability. We closely observe the advancement of other talented and fast Skoda clients and may integrate a number of them in our works team on rallies. ”

Michal Hrabánek – timing of fresh Fabia R5 not finalised

Skoda is due this year, to present a new-evolution Fabia R5 but Hrabánek wasn’t able to offer a timeframe s introduction.

“The last timing isn’t yet repaired. The most important factor for all of us will be always to be 100 per cent convinced, that the car is developed and bullet-proof ready for contest with no compromises. That is our responsibility.

“Thoroughness at the creation of a fresh car has absolute priority. Due to the homologation intended for the center of 2019, we can present the car after the next quarter,” he included.

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