Skoda wins its first World Rally Championship title

Skoda Motorsport has secured its first FIA World Rally Championship title after Juho Hänninen and Mikko Markkula finished 1st in S2000, and 10th overall, last weekend, at the RACC Rally de España.

After Ott Tänak retired on the opening day in Spain; Hänninen, driving for Red Bull Skoda, had to finish clear of Nasser Al-Attiyah, which he duly did. He can now add the SWRC champion crown to his 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge title, and is strongly-tipped to drive for Volkswagen in the new Polo R WRC car, which enters the WRC from 2013.

“This is a perfect day for all of us and an excellent achievement, one of the milestones of my career. Everything worked perfectly, and although we didn’t have to play it risky, we were at the head of the pack throughout this rally,” said an ecstatic Hänninen.

[Source: Skoda]

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