GP Ice Race

GP Ice Race
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GP Ice Race

19 JAN, 2019 - 20 JAN, 2019

ŠKODA enters FABIA R5 and legendary ŠKODA 130 RS into race at Zell am See.

ŠKODA’s WRC 2 champion Jan Kopecký wins GP Ice Race ahead of junior Julian Wagner

At the GP Ice Race in Zell am See (19 and 20 January 2019) ŠKODA factory driver Jan Kopecký was in a class of his own. On day one of the event, powered his ŠKODA FABIA R5 to class win ahead of Volkswagen driver Romain Dumas. Sunday saw a double ŠKODA victory. Kopecký won the day two race and the overall competition ahead of Austrian BRR junior Julian Wagner, both driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5. Seven times German Rally Champion Matthias Kahle entertained the thousands of spectators on the ice track in Zell am See/Austria with a 140 horse power, rear wheel driven ŠKODA 130 RS.

“It was really amazing to compete here with my ŠKODA FABIA R5 on ice and snow. Even in the car I could feel the enthusiasm of the fans,” said reigning WRC 2 champion Jan Kopecký. On a demonstration run on Saturday, he was supported by a very special co-driver. Bernhard Maier, Chairman of the Board of Management ŠKODA Auto, enjoyed the ride from the passenger seat of the ŠKODA FABIA R5.

Promising Austrian 23 year old junior Julian Wagner, driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 from Austrian team BRR Baumschlager Rallye&Racing, impressed with his speed on ice and snow already two weeks ago by winning the first round of the national series, the Jaennerrallye. In Zell am See, he finished the final heat behind works driver Jan Kopecký.

“We never expected such a tremendous success, when we decided to re-invent the legendary Ice race in Zell am See after a long slumber of 45 years with a modern interpretation. The competition of the modern R5 cars was really a highlight for our fans,” emphasized Ferdinand Porsche, together with Vinzenz Greger founder of the GP Ice Race in Zell am See.

The GP Ice Race featured modern and historic race- and rally cars form all decades of motorsport history. Seven times German Rally Champion Matthias Kahle was one of the stars amongst the group of historic race cars, driving a lightweight ŠKODA 130 RS, featuring rear wheel drive and 140 horse power, mostly sideways around the ice track in Zell am See.

Demonstration runs of historic race and rally cars, a thrilling fight in the category of modern R5 rally cars as well as spectacular skijoring competition awaited fans at GP Ice Race in Zell am See (19 and 20 January 2019). Both driving ŠKODA FABIA R5, reigning WRC 2 champion Jan Kopecký and BRR Junior Julian Wagner spearhead the R5 competition of modern rally cars. Seven times German Rally Champion Matthias Kahle powers a 140 horse power strong, rear wheel driven ŠKODA 130 RS in spectacular style around the race track.

Ferdinand Porsche, together with Vinzenz Greger initiator of the GP Ice Race in Zell am See, says: “We are thrilled to expect a tense fight in a proper competition, namely for victory in the R5 category of modern rally cars. For forty years between 1937 and 1974, fans enjoyed spectacular races on ice and skijoring in Zell am See.

With a modern interpretation, we want to bring back this legendary event from its decades long slumber,” emphasizes the great-grandson of the legendary Porsche founder. With Czech ŠKODA factory driver Jan Kopecký on the entry list, a reigning rally champion will come to Zell am See. In a dominant way, with five rally wins and one second place, the Czech driver conquered the WRC 2 title of the FIA World Rally Championship 2018, driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5. “I am really looking forward to compete with my ŠKODA FABIA R5 on ice in Zell am See. Already during the 2018 WRC season, I had the chance to sample some experience on icy and snowy roads by winning the R5 category at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally,” says Jan Kopecký.

Promising 23 years BRR Junior Julian Wagner, driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 from Austrian team BRR Baumschlager Rallye & Racing, will be an ambitious threat for the champion. The talented shooting star will also be the man to watch during the Austrian Rally Championship 2019. Already during the first round of the national series, the Jännerrallye, Wagner was unbeatable on ice and snow and achieved a dominant victory. Austrian rally driver Günther Knobloch will start as well with his ŠKODA FABIA R5 in the highly competitive R5 field.

Seven times German Rally Champion Matthias Kahle will power the lightweight ŠKODA 130 RS, featuring rear wheel drive and 140 horse power, amongst the group of historic race cars around the ice track in Zell am See.

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