Jani scores best ever result in Fabia

Jani scores best ever result in FabiaFrom Skoda Press [ 08/08/2004 ].
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Rally Finland saw the Škoda Motorsport Team achieve the best ever result with the Fabia WRC at this level with three cars at the finish. Jani Paasonen, Toni Gardemeister and Armin Schwarz finished the 382.71kms of high-speed gravel stages in positions 6, 8 and 12 respectively. Jani scored his best ever WRC result and, in doing so, was named Inmarsat Star of the Rally. The judging panel, led by former co-driver Nicky Grist, said: “Jani has shown a strong and competitive performance at his home rally. He is hungry for a factory drive and has demonstrated this with an excellent drive over the weekend.”

Škoda Motorsport’s programme for 2004 takes the team on to Rallye Deutschland (August 20-22) where Armin and Toni will be joined by Czech driver Roman Kresta for the first anniversary of the debut for the Fabia WRC.

Quotes:

Martin Muehlmeier (Head of Škoda Motorsport): “Coming into this rally we knew what the Fabia was capable of achieving but this result has exceeded even those expectations. We have again closed the gap to the leading cars.”

Jani Paasonen: “It really is an honour to be named the Inmarsat Star of the Rally. It has been a very tough event, but it is fantastic to be recognised for my performance against the best in the world. Having only had a day and half’s testing in this car, this result is great for me. They presented the award with two stages still to go so I had to wait a bit longer before I could open it!”

Toni Gardemeister: “I am disappointed that the problem I had on Friday cost me the chance to be closer to the leaders. From the car’s performance before my problem and after it was fixed I think we might have even had the chance for a better result than this.”

Armin Schwarz: “Everyone has worked hard over the last few months to get the car to a level where we can fight for results like this. It is a really good result for the team and I am now really looking forward to my home event in two weeks.”