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Tony O'Kane | Jan 28, 2009

Skoda is one manufacturer that we here at TMR have been keeping close tabs on. Volkswagen-owned Skoda rose from relative obscurity to become one of Europe's best-known automakers during the 1990s and the re-introduction of the brand to the Australian market in 2007 is now proving a success for the company.

Skoda's resurgance in the showrooms has also been mirrored by a renewed motorsports campaign, with the freshly-prepared Fabia Super 2000 rally car receiving its baptism of fire at the Monte Carlo Rally.

While the Fabia S2000 failed to secure a podium finish for Skoda, the data and knowledge gleaned from the car's rally debut will prove invaluable for Skoda's WRC team in future events.

Skoda Fabia S2000 Rally Monte Carlo

The Fabia S2000 got off to a cracking start, with Finnish driver Juho Hänninen finishing the first day of competition in first place. The second day saw the Fabia rack up four wins out of six speed tests, with both Hänninen and Czech team mate Jan Kopecký notching up victories.

Skoda Fabia S2000 Rally Monte Carlo

An accident put Hänninen out of the running in the final stages of the competition, while Kopecký eventually went on to snare fourth place overall.

While it didn't bring in a trophy during its inaugural run, Skoda Motorsport Michal Hrabánek was pleased with the car's performance throughout the rally and said that its strong showing cemented its position as a genuine contender for WRC.

Skoda Fabia S2000 Rally Monte Carlo

Indeed, with recent rule changes making the Super 2000 format mandatory for future WRC cars, we're sure we'll be seeing more of Skoda's plucky Fabia on the dusty, rutted roads of the World Rally Championship. Now, where's the road-going version?

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