Juho Hanninen has been confirmed as the winner of the 2010 Intercontinetal Rally Challenge season after Skoda confirmed that the Finn will contest Rally Scotland - but that team-mate Jan Kopecky wouldn't make the trip.

Kopecky was the only man who could prevent Hanninen from winning the title but needed to win in both Scotland and Cyprus and hope that Hanninen didn't manage a second place finish in either.

While Hanninen will compete in Scotland with backing from Skoda's UK importer, Kopecky will focus on his Italian Championship campaign as he looks to secure third in the standings.

"I am very happy that I and Mikko have won the IRC title well before the end of this year's season," Hanninen said. "I do my best to win wherever I appear, although I always realise that the competition is tough and that I have to carefully consider the conditions on the road.

"I must be realistic as far as asphalt rallies are concerned, but I daresay I have made big progress on asphalt this year, mainly thanks to the huge support I am getting from the factory team. Now they have given me an opportunity to take part in this gravel rally in Scotland, i.e., on my favourite surface - it is going to be my first appearance there.

"I believe that my result this year will make it possible to take my racing career to the next level."

Skoda has also clinched the manufacturers title this season for a championship double.


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