Tuohino scores for Skoda

Tuohino scores for SkodaFrom Skoda Press [ 15/05/2005 ].
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Janne Tuohino brought the Škoda Fabia WRC 05 to the finish of the Cyprus Rally in ninth position, narrowly missing out on his first drivers’ championship points of the season. However his result brought three points for the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team after the most gruelling event so far this season. Janne lost a place yesterday when a pipe to the turbo was shaken loose on the rough roads during the second leg and had to sacrifice eighth place today when the water temperature soared in the closing stages.

Armin Schwarz finished 13th having twice made use of the SupeRally system that allows cars to rejoin the rally after ‘retiring’. On Friday he had to stop when he lost the alternator belt at the end of the third stage that left him without electrical power on the subsequent road section. Yesterday a rock in the middle of the road kicked the Fabia into the air and off the road where it became stranded in the ditch.

In just two weeks’ time the WRC crews will be in action once again. Next on the schedule is the Rally of Turkey (Jun 2-5) where once again Armin Schwarz and Janne Tuohino will drive the Fabia WRC 05.


Janne Tuohino: “This morning we made some adjustments to the differential mapping so that I could drive safely and try to reach the finish in the points positions for both the drivers and manufacturers. I didn’t try to push any harder than was necessary to keep Daniel Carlsson behind me but on SS17 the water temperature rose to 130 degrees and we had to switch to safe mode to finish the rally.”

Armin Schwarz: “This morning I was taking no risks and trying some different differential settings that will be a useful starting point in our test next week and for the next two events. What surprised me most today was the size of the rocks in the road, even for the first car.”

Martin Muehlmeier (Head of Škoda Motorsport): “This wasn’t the best result that we thought we could achieve here as we should have been able to go much faster. However, we still came away with our best result of the season so far and we have learned important things for the next two rallies.”