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07/04/2016 Rally Poland - 3rd place after thrilling battle for the win

Rally Poland

Win slips through fingers of works duo Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm due to flat tyre in penultimate stage, putting them in third place in high-octane show in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2).

Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm were on course for victory until they ran into some tyre trouble in second last stage where they lost almost 2 minutes. Before puncture their lead was 18 sec. "I tried to keep going at first, but we did then have to stop and change a tyre. The change went very quickly thanks to our ŠKODA training. It’s still frustrating to be brought to a standstill when you’re so close to potentially winning. And I think we deserved to win – but that’s part and parcel of rally driving. And congratulations to Teemu, he was really fast," commented Lappi.

"But we still have speed ( 6 stage wins in Poland ), the best car and we drove two days without problems. So I really can not wait Rally Finland," said Lappi. The two ŠKODA works drivers Lappi and Tidemand will have the opportunity to score some more points at the next WRC event in Finland from 28 to 31 July. And Esapekka Lappi hopes to then repeat his 2015 performance by winning his home rally.

Final result of the Rally Poland (WRC 2)
1. Suninen/Markkula (FIN/FIN) ŠKODA FABIA R5 2:43:27.7 hrs
2. Evans/Parry (GB/GB) Ford Fiesta R5 + 0:49.6 min
3. Lappi/Ferm (FIN/FIN) ŠKODA FABIA + 2:32.7 min
4. Kajetanowicz/Baran (PL/PL) Ford Fiesta R5 + 6:32.8 min
5. Koltun/Pleskot (PL/PL) Ford Fiesta R5 + 10:36.4 min

06/29/2016 WRC Rally Poland 30.06.–03.07.2016

ŠKODA Motorsport is out to continue its winning run in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2) at the full-throttle show in Poland.

One year ago, Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm claimed the historic first WRC 2 win for the ŠKODA FABIA R5 at the Rally Poland - and the "flying Finns" would like to repeat that success this year. After finishing ninth at the Rally Italy, Esapekka Lappi wants to go on the attack: "We showed our potential in Sardinia with some stage wins, but we didn’t get the overall result to match. The mega-fast tracks in Poland remind me of Finland and it feels almost like home for me. We definitely want to be challenging for the win."

Sweden’s Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson are the second ŠKODA works duo in one of the fastest rallies of the year, which runs from Thursday to Sunday.

Did you know …

… the ŠKODA works drivers Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm have already won the Rally Poland twice?

Exactly one year ago, the "flying Finns" claimed the historic first win for the ŠKODA FABIA R5 in the WRC 2. Lappi had celebrated his first win in October 2012. He had just joined ŠKODA Motorsport and triumphed in the FABIA SUPER 2000 at his first rally in Poland. At that time, the event was part of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC).