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WRC: Skoda Waits for WRC Rule Changes Before Deciding on Future

Tony CastaneiraAnalyst IMay 13, 2009

Skoda will decide on the future of the Fabia S2000 rally project within the next two months.

The Czech firm returned to top-level rallying at the start of 2009 for a limited Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) program with their factory Fabias competing to help boost sales of the S2000 to privateer teams.  The bosses at Skoda have not decided whether to commit to the IRC in 2010.

They will most likely hold off on a decision until after the next FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in June, to see what the regulation changes are for the world championship.

Skoda Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek explained: “At this moment we do not have a program for future years. It is open. We will decide in the next month.”

“At this moment the WRC is not attractive because our experience from the last time is not positive - we invested much money but the gain is very limited.”

Hrabánek did not mention how the Volkswagen’s recent entry into the IRC will effect their decision.  The VW IRC program, though small, is significant as VW is the parent company of Skoda.  It would not make any sense to have the two marques competing against each other in the same series.

Quote Courtesy of Motorsport News

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