Castrol and ŠKODA are planning to take to Europe’s rally stage together once again to try and maintain the success story of the last few years. In the course of 2015, the Czech car manufacturer is planning to debut the new Fabia R 5 – the successor of the legendary Fabia Super 2000.
Since 2010, ŠKODA and Castrol have driven from one success to the next on the European rally scene. Last year, the “Flying Finns” Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) were crowned champions in the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) in Corsica. This was the third ERC title in a row for the high-tech four-wheel drive ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 – powered by Castrol EDGE. Brand colleagues Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian from Germany helped clinch the one-two victory for ŠKODA and Castrol in the championship. On top of this there is the title hat-trick in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), which ŠKODA and Castrol claimed every year between 2010 and 2012.
Castrol is an important part of our success on the European rally scene in recent years. Our Fabia Super 2000 is a paragon of reliability – which Castrol also plays a part in.ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek
However, it was ŠKODA Motorsport and Castrol’s performance in the European Rally Championship in the past year that was particularly impressive. The champagne corks were already popping after Lappi’s victory in the penultimate race of the season in Switzerland; the Czech car manufacturer had clinched the title hat-trick before the end of the season. By the season’s close, champion Lappi’s tally was more than impressive. He had won three rallies, was fastest on 25 special stages and with 162 points was the clear winner of the championship. Powered by Castrol EDGE, his Fabia Super 2000 performed perfectly on ice, snow, gravel and asphalt. With his two wins at the asphalt rallies in Great Britain and Latvia, he also won the asphalt master trophy.
“Castrol is an important part of our success on the European rally scene in recent years. Our Fabia Super 2000 is a paragon of reliability – which Castrol also plays a part in,” said ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek. Castrol and ŠKODA – a long-standing partnership that guarantees titles. Before Lappi, the Finn Juho Hänninen (2012) and the Czech Jan Kopecký (2013) won the European championship title in the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000.
Even before the successful ERC period from 2012 to date, ŠKODA and Castrol formed an exceptionally successful partnership in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The total number of victories of the ŠKODA drivers Juho Hänninen in 2010 and Andreas Mikkelsen [pictured left] in 2011 and 2012, three manufacturers’ titles and 27 race wins, make the Fabia Super 2000, which has been running perfectly on Castrol oils since 2010, the most successful IRC car of all time.