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11/09/2014 Esapekka Lappi is European Rally Champion 2014

Despite Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) being unable to finish the season finale on Corsica, the works drivers are the champions of the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings.

ŠKODA has secured the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) title for the third time in a row.

- It’s the biggest success of my career for sure. My thanks go to the entire ŠKODA Motorsport team and my co-driver Janne – they all did a fantastic job, said Lappi.

Lappi and co-driver Janne Ferm earned the victory with his three wins at the ERC rallies in Latvia, Northern Ireland and Switzerland.

Lappi won also ERC Asphalt Master. Lappi drove a ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000 in this year’s ERC, won two Tarmac rounds in 2014 – the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally and Rallye International du Valais. He also scored ERC Asphalt Master points on the four other sealed-surface events he contested alongside co-driver Janne Ferm.

10/30/2014 Lappi's victory in Switzerland secures ŠKODA the European championship

FIA European Rally Championship, Rallye du Valais, Switzerland, 23.-25.10.2014

ŠKODA works driver Esapekka Lappi repeats last year's success at the ERC race in Switzerland and looks likely to win the title .Skoda works drivers Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) extended their lead in the overall standings with their victory at the "Rallye International du Valais", the penultimate race of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season. Only their brand colleagues Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D) can prevent them from winning the ERC title for drivers and co-drivers now.

Lappi/Ferm took the lead on the second day and kept hold of it right until the finish on Saturday evening."The whole weekend went perfectly for us," said Lappi. "Janne and I are incredibly proud to have won in Switzerland for the second time. I would like to thank the whole team for their fantastic work. We're in a great position in the championship now and travel to the final race in Corsica with a good feeling."

The season finale of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) takes place from 6 to 8 November in Corsica.

Rallye du Valais results:

1. Esapekka Lappi (FIN) Skoda Fabia S2000 1:46:22.4
2. Craig Breen (IRL) Peugeot 208T16 R5 + 42.0
3. Sepp Wiegand (DEU) Skoda Fabia S2000 + 3:04.1
4. Jonathan Hirschi (CHE) Peugeot 208T16 R5 + 4.10.2
5. Olivier Burri (CHE) Ford Fiesta R5 + 4:17.8

Complete results :

Photo: A. Lavadinho