Skoda leads Latvia

Skoda leads LatviaFrom Skoda Press [ 01/02/2014 ].
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ŠKODA lead Rally Latvia after six of the twelve special stages. The ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 of Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) is in first place going into the final day of the second round of the FIA European Rally Championship - 2.6 seconds ahead of local hero Vasily Gryazin (LAT). Their team-mates from ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland, Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D), are currently in fifth after 137.82 kilometres of rallying (2.19.3 min. off the leaders).

“This was an exhausting day at a tough rally,” said Lappi. “In the morning we had to deal with unbelievably difficult conditions, as there was a lot of snow on the course. Therefore we had to be very careful. I’m sure this will also be the case on Sunday.”

Wiegand also suffered because of the slippery conditions of Saturday morning. “In the morning it was really difficult. It was so slippery that I ran the danger of losing control in the sharp corners,” Wiegand commented. “The second time round was much better. I had much more grip. I still wasn’t driving all out, but I was able to make up a few places.”

Rally Latvia will continue on Sunday. After a further 102.74 timed kilometres over six special stages, the winners of this year’s second round in the ERC will be known.

In the ERC, the two ŠKODA pairings of Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm and Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian expect tougher opposition from other manufacturers’ new R5 cars. The two ŠKODA crews will start at selected rounds of the European Championship. And the successful Fabia Super 2000 will proudly sport a cool new livery in 2014.