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02/14/2016 ŠKODA and Laplli celebrates podium positions at the Rally Sweden

ŠKODA Motorsport started their 2016 season with podium positions at the Rally Sweden.

At the second event of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC2), works driver Pontus Tidemand (S), whose home rally was the first ever rally he contested with his new co-driver Jonas Andersson (S), finished in second place in the WRC 2 classification. Their team-mates Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN), who temporarily dropped down into eleventh place after making a driving error on Friday, also made it onto the podium in third place after a flawless performance on Saturday and Sunday.

Lappi delivered an impressive performance on the closing power stage on Sunday, on which he not only got the best time in the WRC 2 category, but
in the final metres also overtook Anders Grøndal (N), who was in third place in the overall standings until that point. "The best time on this very short final day gave me some satisfaction," said Lappi, who trailed Grøndal by 8.7 seconds going into the final stage. "Finishing third after all is a fantastic feeling. Congratulations to the entire ŠKODA Motorsport team, who once again provided us with a very fast and reliable car."

Final classifications Rally Sweden (WRC 2):

1. Evans/Parry (GB/GB) Ford Fiesta R5 2h 5m 4.4s
2. Tidemand/Andersson (S/S) ŠKODA Fabia R5 + 14.7s
3. Lappi/Ferm (FIN/FIN) ŠKODA Fabia R5 + 1m 50.9s
4. Grøndal/Walfridsson (N/S) Ford Fiesta R5 + 1m 53.0s
5. Brynildsen/Fredriksson (N/S) Ford Fiesta R5 + 2m 30.5s

01/26/2016 Esapekka Lappi Finishes Second in Monte Carlo WRC2 Rally

Esapekka Lappi raced a private team Skoda Fabia R5 in this year's legendary Monte Carlo rally. As Lappi started carefully, the gap to race leaders was quite big in the beginning of the event. Lappi was 10th after Thursday and 9th at the end of day two, but had climbed all the way to number three on Saturday.

Lappi picked up pace even more on the last day and finished second in his class. In overall standings, Esapekka Lappi and his co-driver Janne Ferm were delightfully on the 9th position.

"I've got to be happy with the result. Everything went according to our plan, from tyre choices to pace notes. Me and Janne felt really good the whole weekend. And we stuck to the plan to take it safe in the beginning, despite being all the way down to 9th place in our class on Friday", says Lappi.

"On Saturday I noticed that we will have to push a bit to make it to the podium. So we drove a little faster, but managed to stay out of trouble. It was really cool to see that everything worked in our favor in the end", Lappi says with a grin.

Lappi did not race for WRC2 championship points in Monte Carlo. He will start chasing those points in February, driving his factory team Skoda in Rally Sweden.