ŠKODA UK STRENGTHENS ITS COMMITMENT TO BRITISH MOTORSPORT BY SUPPORTING GO MOTORSPORT
In its continued efforts to support British motorsport, the ŠKODA UK Motorsport Fabia S2000 driven by the reigning Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Andreas Mikkelsen will proudly carry Go Motorsport decals in 2012.
Established by the Motor Sports Association (MSA), governing body of UK motor sport, to encourage and assist more people to get involved in all areas of motor sport, the Go Motorsport initiative has gained widespread backing since its launch in 2008.
“We are hugely grateful for all the support Go Motorsport has received and would like to thank ŠKODA UK for helping us to promote the campaign via its title winning IRC team,” said Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the MSA.
Last summer ŠKODA arranged for three rally drivers from the MSA’s Team UK squad to drive Andreas’ championship-winning Fabia S2000 on the Goodwood Forest Rally Stage. In November, Andreas then joined forces with TV presenter Vicki Butler-Henderson to help Go Motorsport to promote the many attractions of entry-level navigational rallies on Channel 5’s Fifth Gear motoring programme.
“Motor sport has so much to offer at all levels,” confirmed Hilton. “That’s why we are delighted when enthusiastic companies such as ŠKODA UK are so proactive and visible with their support.”
“We have been working closely with the MSA over the last year and are keen to help where we can,” confirmed Cathie Sleigh, Head of ŠKODA UK Motorsport. “ŠKODA has a rich motor sport history stretching back for more than a century, so we are always keen to encourage others to get involved. It’s important for us to help promising young drivers to develop their skills as well as to ensure the sport’s appeal reaches ever wider audiences. The MSA shares these key objectives and that’s why we are pleased to be promoting its Go Motorsport initiative with decals displayed on the ŠKODA UK Motorsport Fabia S2000 in 2012.”
Andreas and co-driver Ola Fløene start their IRC title defense on the Azores later this month and will compete in events throughout Europe including the Circuit of Ireland Rally in early April.
“Although I’m competing internationally now, I learned many of my skills by rallying in the Welsh forests and that’s why I’m very happy to be flying Go Motorsport flags on my Fabia S2000,” said Andreas. “Whether it’s navigational events organised on the public roads by local motor clubs or stage rallies held on forest tracks, rallying clearly has lots to offer everyone in the UK.”