2014 ERC Rallye du Valais,
23-25 October, Sion
1. Esapekka Lappi
2. Craig Breen
3. Sepp Wiegand
4. Jonathan Hirschi
5. Olivier Burri
Teamwork key to Škoda Erc success
Michal Hrabánek, the ŠKODA Motorsport Director, says teamwork was key to his company’s latest success in the FIA European Rally Championship.
For the third time in as many years a factory ŠKODA driver is set to win the European title after Craig Breen and Kajetan Kajetanowicz dropped out of the title race following Rallye International du Valais.
Esapekka Lappi won with ŠKODA team-mate Sepp Wiegand third to set up a championship showdown in Corsica next month.
“I’d like to congratulate both sets of drivers on this fantastic result,” said Hrabánek. “Once again our two ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000s ran like Swiss watches. Finishing with both cars on the podium – that’s the result of the professional performance of the whole team this weekend. We’re delighted that the ERC title will now be decided among two ŠKODA driver teams. After successes in the APRC and in three national championships in 2014 already, this result in the ERC is another golden chapter in the successful history of the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000.”
Juho Hänninen became ŠKODA’s first European champion in 2012 with Jan Kopecký repeating the feat. Lappi leads Wiegand by 34 points with 39 up for grabs in on Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse from 6-8 November.