Skoda to celebrate 1977 Monte Carlo win
Skoda Motorsport will celebrate 40 years since its legendary triumph 130 RS was crowned victorious at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1977.
The works team’s Skoda Fabia R5s will feature the same blue and red stripes as sported by the winning car from 1977 when it launches its title campaign at the opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2).
Four decades ago, Václav Blahna and his co-driver Lubislav Hlávka won the class for cars featuring up to 1,300 cc engines in their Skoda 130 RS. This success is one of the many milestones in the brand’s 116-year motorsport history, of which the crowning moment came in the form of the world championship title in 2016.
“Skoda is proud of its magnificent tradition in motorsport, and of such iconic racing cars as the 130 RS,” said Skoda Motorsport director Michal Hrabánek. “For this reason, we are remembering the success of 40 years ago at the Rally Monte Carlo, with a special livery for our Skoda Fabia R5.
“The awareness of the brand’s outstanding motor racing history is the driving force behind our current motorsport activities. As well as our works drivers Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecký, Andreas Mikkelsen will also drive the Fabia R5 this season.”