After the successful premiere at the Monte Carlo Rally in January and a second-place finish at the Azores Rally in May, the Mlad Boleslav-based team koda Motorsport announced it will appear at the next IRC event, the Ypres Rally in Belgium (18 - 20 June). The highly competitive start list promises a top-class rally, where every second may decide the outcome.
Commenting upon its team's upcoming appearance at the Ypres Rally, Head of koda Motorsport Michal Hrabnek says: "Initially, we were planning to appear after the Azores rally as late as the rally in Russia, but we changed our mind because the rally in Belgium is one of the most important events in the IRC calendar, with many top-class drivers on the start line and an excellent setting. Another reason is that our motorsport project involves competitions and, equally importantly, a Fabia Super 2000 customer sales program. So we have decided to compete in Belgium, with the prospects of our project in mind. One of the key drivers behind this decision was the excellent cooperation we have with our koda importer in Belgium, who is supporting the appearance of Francois Duval, a Belgian star driving a Fabia Super 2000 for Ren Georges' team. Last but not least, the event is going to be another premiere for the Fabia Super 2000, as this will be the vehicle's first exclusively tarmac competition."
The Fabia Super 2000 has already "scored" in Italy. Owning two Fabia Super 2000 vehicles, the A-Style/MRT team takes part mainly in the Italian Championship, with one runner-up position (Gamba) and a third place (Travaglia) so far. Furthermore, koda Motorsport will soon sell one vehicle to kodaRally Team Italia (a team supported by the local importer).
"We are preparing more vehicles to be sold in other countries and we are in negotiations with potential buyers. The demand is now greater than the project's capacity to deliver. Nonetheless, we still want to satisfy as many as 15 customers this year. We are pleased with the number of inquiries we have received. The current demand shows that our strategy of supporting our factory team as well as private teams is correct," said Hrabnek.