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06/13/2016 Rally Italia Sardegna: From 1st to 9th

Skoda works driver Esapekka Lappi did manage to finish ninth to pick up two points at the Rally Italy. He re-joined the rally on Sunday after Saturdays retirements and won all Sundays four special stages with a series of outstanding times.

"Everything went well and we led WRC2 after SS11. We knew the rally is rough, so we stayed to our plan and just be on the safe side. No risks. But on SS12 we had wishbone bolt failure and we coudn't fix it. It was big disappointment for us." Lappi said.

"Thank you to all the mechanics and ŠKODA team, who got our car up and running again on Sunday. On Sunday our simple plan was getting fast stage times, and we did. WRC2 9th is not what we were looking for but it is what we deserved after Saturdays wishbone bolt failure. But we have speed and we will go on the attack again at the Rally Poland,” Lappi promised.

Finn will contest the next WRC 2 rally from 30 June to 3 July.

Final result of the Rally Italy (WRC 2)

Suninen/Markkula (FIN/FIN) Skoda Fabia R5
Kopecký/Dresler (CZ/CZ) Skoda Fabia R5
Kruuda/Järveoja (EST/EST) Ford Fiesta R5
Kremer/Winklhofer (D/D) Skoda Fabia R5
Maurin/Ural (F/F) Skoda Fabia R5
9. Lappi/Ferm (FIN/FIN) Skoda Fabia R5

06/06/2016 High jumps, hard tracks: ŠKODA eager to continue run of success on Sardinia

Rally Italia Sardegna 09.06.–12.06.2016

High jumps, hard tracks: ŠKODA eager  to continue run of success on Sardinia

The works team will be represented by the experienced duos Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ) and Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN).

"The Rally Italy is one of the most difficult challenges on the World Rally Championship calendar," said ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek. “Maximum performance is required from the team."

Almost 325 kilometres over 19 stages are scheduled from Thursday to Sunday. The highlight is the legendary "Micky’s Jump". It isn't the longest, but it is the highest jump that the rally cars have to master in the entire World Championship season. The mostly rock-hard surface also makes the tracks on the Mediterranean island a tough test for the cars.

"Our driver duos also need to be fully focussed every second that they are on the narrow gravel tracks on Sardinia. Every mistake is punished," warned Hrabánek.

Esapekka Lappi lost more than half an hour at the endurance test on Sardinia last year after a coming together with a stone, but won seven special stages to fight his way back up into ninth place.

"The motto is: Drive quickly and don't make any mistakes. Our aim is definitely to be battling for the win," said Lappi. The "flying" Finn, like Jan Kopecký, will make his second appearance of the year in the WRC 2. On his first outing at the Rally Sweden, Lappi finished in third place.