Rally Spain: ŠKODA privateers compete for world championship points in the categories WRC2 and WRC3

13.10.2021 – 19:12

Skoda Auto Germany GmbH

Mlada Boleslav (ots)

›Marco Bulacia / Marcelo The Ohannesian (ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo) have their sights set on a top place in WRC2 in the penultimate round of the 2021 World Rally Championship

›WRC2 championship leader Andreas Mikkelsen from Team Toksport WRT, which is supported by ŠKODA Motorsport, is taking a break as planned

›21-year-old Czech Dominik Stříteský with the support of ŠKODA Motorsport before World Championship debut in the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo from Toksport WRT

›Private driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz and copilot Maciej Szczepaniak drive for the championship lead in the WRC3 category in the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo

The Rally Spain (October 14-17, 2021) will take place in Catalonia as the penultimate round of the 2021 World Championship. WRC2 championship leader Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) from Team Toksport WRT, which is supported by ŠKODA Motorsport, does not start as planned. His team-mate Marco Bulacia from Bolivia, on the other hand, is gaining further experience in asphalt special stages in the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo and is competing for championship points in the WRC2 category. Kajetan Kajetanowicz and co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak (POL / POL) want to take the lead in the WRC3 category for private drivers in the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2. Dominik Stříteský is contesting his first World Championship rally: the 21-year-old young talent will start in Spain with co-driver Jiří Hovorka in the Toksport WRT team’s ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo.

For Andreas Mikkelsen, the 2021 season could be the most successful of his career. In the FIA ​​European Rally Championship, the Norwegian from the Toksport WRT team, which is supported by ŠKODA Motorsport, leads the overall standings. He is also currently the championship leader in the WRC2 category of the FIA ​​World Rally Championship. Because only the best six results from a maximum of seven rallies are counted for each driver, the Norwegian does not start in the penultimate of a total of twelve World Championship races. That is why his young team-mate Marco Bulacia represents the Toksport WRT team in Spain. After good results, the 21-year-old Bolivian is currently third overall in the WRC2 classification. “After two gravel rallies, I’m now looking forward to the asphalt special stages of the Spanish World Championship round. During the last test drives and the Bohemia Rally, which is part of the Czech championship, I was once again able to fully trust the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo. I’m aiming for another good result in Spain, ”says Bulacia, who starts as usual with his Argentinian co-driver Marcelo Der Ohannesian.

The young Czech talent Dominik Stříteský was also able to impress at the Rallye Bohemia in July: together with co-driver Jiří Hovorka, the 21-year-old finished second overall in the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo. “I am delighted that, thanks to the support of ŠKODA Motorsport, I can now compete in a world championship run for the first time. Above all, I want to learn and experience how rallying works at the highest level, ”says Stříteský, looking ahead to its premiere in the WRC3 category.

The newcomer to the World Cup can orientate himself towards private driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz. The Pole is driving for the WRC3 championship lead together with co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak in the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 Evo. Other private ŠKODA crews also have a chance of winning this category in Spain. They include the British Chris Ingram / Ross Whittock, FIA European Rally Champions of 2019, as well as the local heroes Pepe López / Borja Odriozola from Rally Team Spain and the newly crowned Finnish champions Emil Lindholm / Reeta Hämäläinen. The two last demonstrated their speed with their WRC3 victory at the Rally Finland.

At the RallyRACC Rally de España, the official name of the eleventh World Championship round, the drivers can look forward to 17 special stages over more than 280 kilometers on winding asphalt roads. The Friday stage leads over six special stages and a distance of around 112 kilometers. The longest stage of the rally is on Saturday with seven stages over 117 kilometers. Sunday brings the decision with four special stages, the winner is expected on the podium at 1:34 p.m. local time in Salou.

Did you know that…

… the event known today as the RallyRACC Rally de España was held for the first time in 1957, was included in the European Championship in 1975 and was part of the World Rally Championship for the first time in 1991?

… until 2019 the Rally Spain was the only world championship run whose route consisted of both gravel and asphalt special stages? Now, for the first time, the rally will be held exclusively on asphalt.

… the idyllic promenade of Salou in the south of Barcelona is the setting for the starting ceremony on Thursday evening?

… the service park is being set up on the PortAventura World site, which features, among other things, the ‘Dragon Khan’ roller coaster with a speed of up to 110 km / h, including eight loops?

Top-3 overall classification WRC2 / driver (before the Rally Spain)

1. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 126 Points

2. Mads Østberg (NOR), Citroën C3 Rally2, 118 Points

3. Marco Bulacia (BOL), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 104 points

Top-3 overall classification WRC2 / teams (before the Rally Spain)

1. Toksport WRT (ŠKODA), 211 points

2. Movisport, 162 points

3. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, 146 Punkte

Top-3 overall classification WRC3 / driver (before the Rally Spain)

1. Yohan Rossel (FRA), Citroën C3 Rally2, 127 Points

2. Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 112 Punkte

3. Emil Lindholm (FIN), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 73 Points

The FIA ​​World Rally Championship 2021

Rallye Monte Carlo January 21st – 24th

Arctic Rallye Finnland powered by CapitalBox 25. – 28. Februar

Rally Croatia April 22-25

Vodafone Rallye Portugal 20. – 23. Mai

Rally Italy Sardinia 3rd – 6th June

Safari Rallye Kenia 24. – 27. June

Rally Estonia July 15-18

Renties Rallye Ypres Belgium 13th – 15th August

EKO Acropolis Rally Greece 9th – 12th September

Secto Rallye Finland 1st – 3rd October

RallyRACC Rally Spain October 14th – 17th

FORUM8 ACI Rally Monza 19. – 21. November

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