Wednesday | 22 Sep 2021

Skoda supports youngster Strítesky’s WRC debut

Rising young Czech talent Dominik Stříteský will graduate to the FIA World Rally Championship in Spain next month backed by Škoda Motorsport.

Twenty-one-year-old Stříteský, who is among the top competitors in the Czech Championship in his first season at the wheel of a Fabia Rally2 evo, will compete in the WRC3 support category at Rally RACC Rally de España (14 - 17 October).

The Fabia crewed by the former karter and co-driver Jiří Hovorka will be fielded on the asphalt fixture by Toksport WRT, which also campaigns WRC2 leader Andreas Mikkelsen and second-placed Marco Bulacia.

Škoda Motorsport head Michal Hrabánek said the company, celebrating its 120th year in motorsport, wanted to support the next step in Stříteský’s career.

“He has established himself very quickly as one of the front runners in the domestic championship,” he explained. “However, it is absolutely essential for him to also gain experience with rallies in foreign countries.

“We are convinced that Dominik in the future will use the experience he will now gain in the same way many of his predecessors have done in the past. He has been given a clear target – he has to learn and collect new knowledge.”

Stříteský finished second in the two-wheel drive category in his debut full season in the Czech championship in 2020. He stepped up to the four-wheel drive Fabia this year and is fourth in the standings, with a best result of second at Rally Bohemia.

“I appreciate the chance to compete on World Championship level,” he smiled. “Together with my co-driver, I want to gain as much experience as possible in Spain and cover as many kilometres as possible in competition.

“I’m also looking forward to working with Team Toksport WRT, which is supported by Škoda Motorsport. They run a couple of internationally renowned drivers, who will be a benchmark for me.”

The rally, the penultimate round of the 2021 WRC season, is based in Salou and features 17 speed tests covering 280.46km.

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