Škoda UK today confirmed that it will contest the 2011 IRC Series, running a Fabia S2000. Building on its impressive debut season, the Skoda UK team will operate as a satellite team with official ties to the Skoda Motorsport factory operation.
Encouraged by positive results on its first season in the IRC, Skoda UK plans to compete in up to 10 rounds of the 2011 series, campaigning the car that recorded more victories than any other in the 2010 championship. Having recorded podium finishes in some of the toughest events on the calendar, Skoda UK is aiming for more silverware in 2011. The season starts in Monte Carlo in January, and will once again feature events in Argentina, Czech Republic, Scotland and Italy.
Robert Hazelwood, Škoda UK Director is eager to continue next season, commenting, “We had some great results in 2010. Our entry in the IRC has generated a lot of excitement for the brand among our customers, retailers and staff and we’re keen to continue that in 2011. We are proud to be part of the Škoda Motorsport team, as they take the “double” in 2010, with unassailable leads in the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships and we’re looking forward to a strong assault on the top in 2011.”
Škoda UK will announce its driver line-up in the near future.