|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.
|01/12/2016||ŠKODA Motorsport kicks off the 2016 motorsport year with the WRC 2 event in Sweden|
After Rally Monte Carlo (Ep & Janne will drive Rally Monte Carlo 18-24.1.2016 in a BRR Fabia R5) ŠKODA Motorsport kicks off the 2016 motorsport year with the WRC 2 rally in Sweden (11th to 14th February). Like last season, the three works drivers Esapekka Lappi (FIN), Pontus Tidemand (S) and Jan Kopecký (CZ) will set their sights on winning titles for ŠKODA in the Fabia R5 rally car.
"We had an extremely successful first year with our new ŠKODA Fabia R5 in 2015. The fourth title in a row in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, four wins in the WRC 2 class of the World Rally Championship and five national titles exceeded our expectations," said ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek.
"It goes without saying that we continued to work hard through the winter break with the ŠKODA team, and are looking forward to an eventful year of rallying with our fast and reliable Fabia R5 in 2016. Our goal is to exceed last year’s success in the WRC 2 with our three impressive drivers, Pontus Tidemand, Jan Kopecký and Esapekka Lappi."
Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) line up ŠKODA works duo at the second round of the WRC 2 season in the Swedish snow. Last year, the 2014 European champion contributed two WRC 2 victories to the ŠKODA Motorsport team’s impressive record, ending the season third overall in WRC 2. This year, the goal is to surpass last season’s excellent effort.
Lappi: "We still have room for improvement. We obviously want to challenge for the WRC 2 title."