ŠKODA, 10 years with Ypres Rally and 120 years in motorsport
The 56th edition of the Renties Ypres Rally Belgium will take place from 13 to 15 August. It is a historic edition, as for the very first time, the event will be part of the FIA World Rally Championship. ŠKODA’s colours are familiar to fans as they have been a main sponsor of the competition for 10 years. ŠKODA has extended its cooperation with the first Belgian round in the World Rally Championship as a main partner.
ŠKODA’s sporting success in the Ypres Rally has been clear with 7 consecutive victories from 2010 to 2016. Freddy Loix’s run of victories was interrupted only by Juho Hänninen, then World Champion in S-WRC. Hanninen won in 2012 when the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 was active. Loix, affectionally known as Fast Freddy, holds the record in Ypres with 11 victories, six of which were achieved at the wheel of the Czech machine.
Motorsport is in the DNA of ŠKODA, which is celebrating its 120 years in motorsport this year.
"This edition will be exceptional! On the one hand, because the World Championship is coming to Belgium for the first time and on the other hand because ŠKODA is celebrating 120 years in motorsports this year. We have been inextricably linked with motorsports for 120 years. As the main sponsor of the Renties We are very much looking forward to this at Ypres Rally Belgium," explains Liana Picard, PR Manager of ŠKODA Import Belgium.