Škoda’s Group N Fabia won its class at the Park Stages Rally Rally on 21 September. Based in Newton Stewart, Scotland, the rally ran over six rugged stages. The Fabia 1.4 16v stood up to the toughest rally of the season to maintain Škoda’s unbeatable Class lead in Kumho National Rally Championship, with one round still to go.
Škoda’s crew of Iain Freestone / Nick Kennedy outlasted many of the competitors to finish 23rd overall out of 36 entrants. Tired but happy at the end of the rally, Iain commented, "The car was fantastic, but the stages were very difficult. Stage 3 was the toughest stage I’ve seen in a long time. We had three punctures, which cost us some time, but no other problems with the car at all. The Fabia is a very tough car, and very reliable - it just won’t break."
Iain Freestone now lies in sixth place in the Kumho Championship Group N Production Cup Driver’s Championship. The Fabia is outpacing cars with much higher horsepower, including several turbo-charged, four wheel drive rally cars with up to 280 bhp, further testimony to Fabia’s strength and reliability.
The Fabia 1.4 16v, What Car? magazine’s Best Supermini for the third year in a row, is prepared to Group N rally specifications, which are as close to showroom specification as possible. Fabia is Škoda’s best-selling model with 14,660 sold through August 2002, and more and more customers finding the model’s high quality, outstanding levels of specification and competitive prices adding up to great value in a supermini.Published 24 September 2002