Skoda will hope to secure its second title of the season with the Fabia S2000 when the Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign comes to an end in Cyprus.
The Czech manufacturer has already clinched the SWRC title thanks to Juho Hanninen, who is one of four Skoda drivers going into the final round of the year fighting for the title.
Hanninen goes into the event sitting second behind Jan Kopecky in the standings.
“We made a big dream come true in Spain by winning the World Championship title,” he said. “I have never competed in Cyprus but I've heard that the stages there are a mix of basically everything. The combination of a large number of top class drivers and a mix of gravel and asphalt will undoubtedly be the climax of this year's IRC season – this is indeed what rallying is all about. We are looking forward to it very much and we'll our best to succeed.”
Kopecky meanwhile goes into the event eager to lift his first IRC crown, although he will have to do so without regular co-driver Petr Starý who is ill and has been replaced by Pavel Dressler.
“Pavel and I will make every effort to win the title,” he said. “We are looking forward to this rally, it's a big challenge. As far as we know, the track is new to all the drivers. It will be a great battle and we will have to do our best.”
Andreas Mikkelsen and Freddy Loix also go into the season finale harbouring hopes of winning the title.