Fabia Group A Rally Car

Škoda UK’s Fabia Group A rally car contested the Mutiny Rally at the weekend and, in the hands of regular driver Iain Freestone and co-driver Nick Kennedy, showed once again just what it is capable of!

The rally, the latest round of the Kumho National Championship, was based in Llandrindod Wells and the competitive element took crews into some of the classic forests of the area. Straight away the Fabia was into its stride, stopping the clocks at the end of the first special stage over a second-and-a-half quicker than anyone else in its class.

Freestone and Kennedy set about capitalising on their early advantage to the extent that, with just one stage to go, the Fabia was fifteen seconds ahead of its nearest rival. And that with a gearbox mount that failed on SS3. The team made repairs that saw the car through to Stage 11 but the car would go no further on Saturday. With the finish line almost in sight, the team had to bow to reality and retire, but not before the Fabia’s quickness had been shown. Despite the difficulties, the performance of the Group A Fabia demonstrates its massive potential.

Back in Llandrindod Wells, Iain Freestone was upbeat about the Fabia’s performance. “Naturally, we’re disappointed not to finish but we’re still learning about the car and, against some serious opposition, we were able to show them a clean pair of heels. I’m very encouraged and can’t wait to get back in the car for the next round of the Championship.”

Published : 04/06/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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