Team boss believes in setting ''highest possible ambitions''
Skoda Motorsport boss Michal Hrabanek believes works driver Jan Kopecky's performance at Rally Azores has further underlined the potential of the company's Fabia Super 2000 model.
It was the first time the
factory team competed on a gravel rally, and Czech Republic ace Kopecky finished second on the Atlantic island event; the result puts him fourth overall in the drivers' championship standings.
"In a way, the whole team considered the Azores Rally on the par with our debut on the Monte Carlo Rally in January, because this was our first race on gravel and also the team's first appearance in the Azores Islands," Hrabanek said.
"I think we showed already in Monte Carlo that the development of the Fabia Super 2000 is a success story and I believe that Jan Kopecky's runner-up position confirms that the Fabia is a fast and reliable car," he continued.
"I am certain that (the Azores) result has clearly showed that we are able to compete with the best and that we can set the highest possible ambitions for the future," Hrabanek declared.
However, it's still not clear when the Skoda team will next compete. The squad has been linked to an appearance on Rally Russia in July but it remains a possibility that it will enter next month's Belgium Ypres Rally.
"We are now going to conduct an internal analysis of the Azores Rally and then decide how we will proceed in the near future," Hrabanek informed.