Reigning WRC 2 Champions Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (SWE/SWE) are entering the competition at Rally Portugal (17/05/-20/05/2018) leading the WRC 2 championship standings. Second placed ŠKODA teammates Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZE/CZE) will compete at Rallye Český Krumlov at the same weekend instead of travelling to Portugal. Meanwhile promising Finnish juniors Juuso Nordgren/Tapio Suominen will make their 2018 WRC 2 season debut driving another ŠKODA FABIA R5 run by the factory team of ŠKODA Motorsport.
Three years ago, the ŠKODA FABIA R5 started its success story with a strong debut on the gravel roads of Rally Portugal. Homologated on 1 April 2015, the brand-new R5 machine proved right from the start that it will be the car to beat in WRC 2 and currently is the most successful car in the category. On top of that, Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson have more good memories of Rally Portugal. “Back in 2015, it was my first rally with the ŠKODA FABIA R5. One year later, we could win there for the first time, and in 2017, we were lucky to be the winners again after a dramatic final on the last stage. I really love to drive the nice gravel stages of Portugal and want to win for a third time in a row,” reigning WRC 2 champion Tidemand looks forward to the sixth round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2).