From Skoda Press [ 22/01/2006 ].
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A successful first run for Red Bull Skoda at the season opener in Monte Carlo: Having both cars finish, and both in a points-paying position for the manufacturers‘ championship, is very satisfactory to team managers Armin Schwarz and Raimund Baumschlager.
"This premiere event really went very well for us. A huge compliment to Andreas Aigner, he met each of our demands, and he met them well. I was on his ice crew and helped him with his tyre choice, where we always took a safety first approach. Both drivers displayed the potential of the Skoda Fabia WRC. Gilles Panizzi was very, very quick at the start of the rally, but also today. An incident such as the one this morning can always happen", says Raimund Baumschlager.
Armin Schwarz: "The Red Bull Skoda team can be very happy with the outcome of the rally. I would like to thank the whole team, we worked together beautifully, the team work was optimal. Andreas Aigner did a really great job. We are looking forward to our next event, the Rally of Sweden, in two weeks time."
Gilles Panizzi "The modifications we made to the Skoda Fabia WRC yesterday evening really had a positive effect. This morning, we were able to set some very competitive times. Unfortunately we damaged the suspension and a brake disc in a small incident and lost a lot of time. After changing the rear axle, everything was back to normal in the afternoon. All in all we‘ve got to be satisfied. We were able to prove the potential of the Skoda Fabia WRC not only in the beginning of the rally with a second place in the interim results, but today as well."
Andreas Aigner was very pleased with the way his first WRC run went: "It was really fantastic. To drive the Skoda Fabia WRC through the narrow mountain stages around Monte Carlo was just breathtaking. We met our goal of finishing our first rally and we were able to gain a lot of experience on the way. To end up getting points for Red Bull Skoda in the manufacturers‘ championship is even more terrific."
Austria’s Manfred Stohl had a perfect start to his season as well. The driver for OMV Peugeot Norway finished the rally in a very respectable fourth position.