GP Ice Race

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GP Ice Race

01 FEB, 2020 - 02 FEB, 2020

ŠKODA features own “Ice Race of Champions” at Zell am See-Kaprun.

Fabian Kreim won ŠKODA’s “Ice Race of Champions” ahead of Julian Wagner in Zell am See

2 February 2020 - ŠKODA drivers were entertaining around 16.000 race and rally fans at the GP Ice Race at Austria’s Zell am See-Kaprun (01–02 February 2020). Alternating at the wheel of some 290 hp strong all-wheel driven ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo in a competition called “Ice Race of Champions”, three title winners and once vice champion were fighting for the victory. In the addition of both days with one victory and one second place German Rally Champion Fabian Kreim was the quickest driver and won ahead of Julian Wagner (AUT). Martin Koči (Slovakia) finished third ahead of Filip Mareš from the Czech Republic.

During the first weekend of February, the unique GP Ice Race featured stunning action with roughly 150 drivers in historic and modern race and rally cars. Filip Mareš from Czech Republic (2019 Junior Rally Champion/ERC1), Martin Koči (Slovakian Rally Champion), Fabian Kreim (Winner of the German Rally Championship) all won titles in 2019. Austrian local hero Julian Wagner finished the Austrian Rally Championship 2019 as runner-up. To battle for the “Ice Race of Champions” victory – each of them was on equal terms in driving a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, technically identical and prepared by the factory team.

To win the “Ice Race of Champions”, the results of the Saturday and Sunday races were added. With one victory on Saturday and a second place on Sunday, Fabian Kreim took the overall victory ahead of Julian Wagner who was third quickest on the first day and took a victory on Sunday. With second and a fourth place, Martin Koči took the last position on the podium. For the fourth placed Filip Mareš, the GP Ice Race was a welcomed opportunity to prepare himself for driving on ice and snow. The European Junior Rally Champion (ERC1) will compete with a private entered ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo at the upcoming Rally Sweden (13/02/–16/02/2020).

Jan Kopecký, 2019 GP Ice Race category winner with a ŠKODA FABIA, WRC2 Champion of 2018 and seven times Czech Rally Champion, enjoyed a new role at the GP Ice Race 2020 as a coach for the young guns and entertained the crowd with demonstration runs on a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo.

Results GP Ice Race 2020/”Ice Race of Champions”:
1. Fabian Kreim (GER), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 18 points
2. Julian Wagner (AUT), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 16 points
3. Martin Koči (SVK), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 12 points
4. Filip Mareš (CZE), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 10 points

ŠKODA features own “Ice Race of Champions” at Austrian winter-sport resort in Zell am See-Kaprun

30 January 2020 - ŠKODA will bring three rally champions plus one vice-champion to the GP Ice Race at Austria’s Zell am See-Kaprun (01–02 February 2020), racing each other in a competition called “Ice Race of Champions” and alternating at the wheel of some 290 hp strong all-wheel driven ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo. The ŠKODA FABIA rally version, before it was renamed due to a regulation change known as ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo. Filip Mareš from Czech Republic is the 2019 Junior Champion (ERC1) of the European Rally Championship, while Martin Koči (Slovakia) and Fabian Kreim (Germany) won titles in their respective home countries. Local hero Julian Wagner finished the Austrian Rally Championship 2019 as runner-up.

Jan Kopecký, 2019 GP Ice Race category winner with a ŠKODA FABIA, WRC2 Champion of 2018 and seven times Czech Rally Champion, enjoys a new role at the GP Ice Race 2020. He will coach the young guns and is on top of that expected to throw in some action of his own with demonstration runs.

Julian Wagner, who led the 2019 Austrian Rally Championship for most of the season before bad luck during the final round relegated him to second, is the only driver of the “Ice Race of Champions”, who can build on some experience with studded tyres on the Zell am See ice track. He impressed with fast times already during last years’ edition. Filip Mareš from Czech Republic made 2019 the most successful year of his career by winning the ERC1 Junior Category of the FIA European Rally Championship. He cannot wait to compete in Zell am See-Kaprun. “I have to thank ŠKODA Motorsport for giving me the great opportunity to entertain the visitors of the popular GP Ice Race with the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo before the new season really starts,” he says.

Besides local hero Julian Wagner, ERC champion Mareš has to face two more tough competitors coming from national championships. Martin Koči (SVK) won the Slovakian Rally Championship twice in a row (2018 and 2019), Fabian Kreim (GER) conquered three titles in Germany (2016, 2017 and 2019). The expected thousands of fans can look for stunning action by the young guns. They fight for the “Ice Race of Champions” victory on equal terms – each of them is driving a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, technically identical and prepared by the factory team.

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