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Skoda signs 17-year-old for 2018 WRC2 season

 The 17-year-old Kalle Rovanpera will become the youngest factory driver in the World Rally Championship when he suits up for Skoda in WRC2 next year.Skoda will field an extremely youthful line-up with Rovanpera joining 21-year-olds Ole Christian Veiby and Juuso Nordgren.
Kalle Rovenpera

Pontus Tidemand, who won WRC2 this year, stays with Skoda but is likely to work on sister marque Volkswagen’s development program for its Polo GTI R5 later in the year.

Jan Kopecky will also continue to drive a factory Fabia.

Skoda celebrated its 2017 success at a press conference in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, where motorsport director Michal Hrabanek said, “We are happy to keep Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecky in the team.

Pontus Tidemand won WRC2 in 2017

“Our youngsters Ole Christian Veiby and Juuso Nordgren already proved their talent. A new and equally talented addition to our team is 17-year-old Kalle Rovanpera.”

Rovanpera had been choosing between Skoda and M-Sport for his 2018 R5 program.

Source: Speedcafe