- Pontus Tidemand will become the factory pilot of Skoda Motors31ort
One of the youngest and most promising riders of the World Championship will go overseas together with the newest Skoda.
One of the strongest European rally teams, Skoda Motors37ort, has signed a contract with Pontus Tidemand - the young 24-year-old driver will represent the brand in the FIA Asia-Pacific Championship. rally (APRC).
So far, the team's statement has not officially announced whether Pontus Tiedemand and his co-driver Emil Axelsson will be able to combine their new program with trips to the World Championship races, where they now compete in the WRC 2.
Pontus Tidemand and Emil Axelsson with factory crew
The Asia-Pacific Championship is divided into two regions: Asia, which includes China, India, Japan and Malaysia, and the Pacific Ocean is Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand.
The regulations of this overseas rally series stipulate that the total combat distance of the stage should be within the range of 220 to 280 km, and the length of the special stages should not exceed 33 km. So this format is quite suitable for the opportunity to show the competitive advantages of technology, and for the crews there is time and place for tactical struggle.
The choice of the series is due, among other things, to the global plans of Skoda - the markets of these countries, especially China and India, are included in the manufacturer's list of priorities, and with the help of its extremely successful marketingtoolwith Skoda Motors60ort, the brand can count on a very effective advertising campaign!
Our team already has very strong drivers, such as the winner of the Asia-Pacific Championship Jan Kopecky and the European rally champion Esapekka Lappi, both they have performed superbly in past seasons with our team. But to be even more confident in our future, we are now strengthening our roster with one more very talented crew.
Michal Hrabanek, Director of Skoda Motors71ort
Previously secret weapon Skoda Motors84ort , Fabia R5, already ready for real battles
Yes, in the case of Pontus, this contract is indeed a winning decision for the team.
The young pilot has shown excellent results throughout his career. So, after a very successful start in karting, he became the youngest Swedish Rally Champion (this happened in 2021).
In 2021, he won the JWRC Junior World Champion title, and in addition, his track record includes races in the World Rallycross Championship and successful starts in the WRC 2 category. Perhaps the most striking of them was the magnificent Tiedemand's victory at ADAC Rally Germany last year.
There will be more than just R5 in Tidemand's program.
The team still retains the successful and reliable S2000 model
Of course, the factory contract opens up a completely new level of opportunities for the young crew: this is technical training, and the richness of the program, and support engineers and other professionals. Skoda Motorsport expects Pontus to start the season on theirsthe bestseller of all times and peoples. , model Fabia Super 2000. And towards the end of the season, young people will be entrusted with the management of the new R5!
The start of the crew in new colors will take place very soon - they will go to New Zeeland for the opening championship race.
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