Croatia Rally, five Škoda crews inside top 10 of RC2 classification

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With five customer team crews inside the top 10, Škoda was the dominant brand of the RC2 classification at Rally Croatia. Toksport WRT’s Gus Greensmith/Jonas Andersson drove a Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 to fourth position in the class. Pepe López/David Vazquez took third position in category WRC2 for team Mapo Motorsport. Armin Kremer/Ella Kremer (Škoda Fabia RS Rally2) won the WRC Masters Cup classification for team Baumschlager Rallye & Racing.

After 283 kilometres of special stages, Toksport WRT’s Gus Greensmith and co-driver Jonas Andersson reached the finish as highest placed Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 crew. The British-Swedish pairing lost some time with a puncture and dropped from third to fourth place of the class on Saturday. “We are still in the fight for the podium,” Greensmith said at the leg’s finish. The Sunday stages proved him right. Step by step, Greensmith/Andersson closed the gap to third placed Sami Pajari/Enni Mälkönen. In the end, the Toksport WRT crew missed a podium position by the whisker of 0.3 seconds. “Without the punctures, the weekend would have been good,” Greensmith concluded.

The British driver was not registered for WRC2 championship points this time. In this category, Pepe López and David Vázquez took the honours of highest placed Škoda crew. Driving for Mapo Motorsport, the Spanish pairing made its Croatian debut. Despite their limited knowledge of the broken asphalt stages – and a time-consuming spin – López/Vázquez held third position in WRC2 throughout the event. „We are happy, it’s good for the championship,“ López said at the finish.

Another Škoda crew inside the top 10 of RC2 class were Eyvind Brynildsen and co-driver Jørn Listerud from Norway. Brynildsen, who last competed in the WRC nearly two years ago, drove a Toksport WRT run Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 to seventh position of the class. Lauri Joona/Janni Hussi of team TGS Worldwide brought their Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 home eighth in RC2. Italians Roberto Daprà/Luca Guglielmetti (Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo of team ACI Italia) followed in nineth position.

The WRC Masters Cup classification, reserved for drivers 50 years and older, featured an all- Škoda podium. The father-and-daughter crew of Armin and Ella Kremer (Baumschlager Rallye & Racing) kicked off its title campaign with a victory. The Germans stepped onto the category podium together with Ricardo Triviño/Diego Fuentes Vega (Electrolit Racing Team) from Mexico and Italians Mauro Miele/Luca Beltrame (DreamOne Racing).