IRC: Vouilloz to join Skoda

2008 Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Nicolas Vouilloz to compete with Skoda at the Monte Carlo Rally.
Skoda has announced that it will field three factory Fabia Super 2000 cars at the Rallye Monte Carlo in January, following the decision to sign 2008 Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion, Nicolas Vouilloz.

Vouilloz, who competed in a Kronos Racing-run Peugeot Super 2000 last season, will link up with regulars Jan Kopecky and Juho Hanninen for what is the first event in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge. It is understood that the deal is currently just for one event.

"The Monte Carlo Rally is an extremely challenging event and we see it as one of the most important races of the upcoming season," said Michal Hrabánek, head of Skoda Motorsport. "The 2009 Monte Carlo event successfully started off our new project Fabia Super2000 and then the whole 2009 season was a success for our crews and a great motivation for the entire team to work hard also in the future.

"We put in a very good performance in Monte Carlo last year and we want to be at least equally successful in 2010. Nicolas Vouilloiz is a top-class driver and his IRC track record is really impressive, and so we are really pleased that he is going to join our team for this challenging event.

"I am sure that his participation will substantially increase Škoda Motorsport's chance to succeed and also believe that it will support our marketing efforts in France, because France is one of our target markets as far as Fabia Super 2000 is concerned and one of Škoda's key markets in general."

Vouilloz will select his co-driver for the Monte Carlo Rally, which runs from January 18-23, within the next few days.

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Nicolas Vouilloz, Peugeot 207 S2000, Barum Rally Zlin [Pic credit: IRC]

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December 14, 2009 11:42 PM
Last Edited 2778 days ago

Is this a hint that Skoda are going to commit fully to the IRC in 2010? Maybe Kopecky/Hanninen will form the backbone of the team with guest drivers used to support local PR/publicity in their respective home countries (Vouilloz in France & Wilks in UK etc.)

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