Bozian Racing's Roman Kresta has denied rumours that he will return to Skoda in 2004, and compete in selected rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship, in the Fabia WRC.

Reacting to such reports, Kresta insisted that neither he, nor his manager had approached Skoda with regard to once again driving for the Czech team.

"I know nothing of such possibilities or any intentions to drive for Skoda next year," said Kresta, "Clearly I have not asked for this, I have not received any specific proposal or offer from Skoda Motorsport and do not understand why someone should make such false statements.

"My next year's programme has not been finalised so far, but I and my manager hope to make some progress during the [Rally GB] event or shortly after that."

Turning to this weekend's event, in which he will take part in a semi-works Peugeot 206 WRC, prepared by the Bozian Racing team, Kresta added: "I know from the past this is not going to be an easy rally.

"Welsh weather is always a huge unknown, not to mention the loose gravel and mud on famous Welsh forest tracks that make for some exciting stages. I am very happy to be here though and will do all I can not to disappoint my fans, my team as well as all other key people who trusted in me from the very start of the season."

Team boss Jacky Bozian added: "This is going to be a very tough rally and only the second gravel event Roman will have done with us this year. There are not many similarities with Rally Acropolis he had entered in June, but I believe this will certainly be a great experience for him in our car. The super special stage Thursday was simply a show for the spectators, let us now see what Friday's action will bring."



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