Skoda confirms drivers

Skoda has decided to opt for a blend of experience and youth in 2005 after confirming on Tuesday that veteran Armin Schwarz will be joined by a selection of rising stars throughout the 16-event campaign

Skoda confirms drivers

In the wake of the collapse of talks between the Czech Republic car manufacturer and Colin McRae over a deal for 2005, the company has decided that Schwarz will take part in every rally next year while the second car will be shared by Janne Tuohino, Jani Paasonen and Alex Bengue.

The choice of driver for the second car will be decided according to the skills and experience of the youngsters - with the gravel events being shared between Finnish stars Tuohino and Paasonen, while the asphalt events will be contested by Frenchman Bengue.

Martin Muehlmeier, the head of the Skoda world rally team, said: "Armin will use his many years of experience to further develop the Fabia WRC and also bring important stability to the team while we introduce three young drivers in the second car. Janne, Jani and Alex are determined competitors, hungry for success, and we hope to bring out the best in them as the season unfolds."

Skoda has also confirmed that a third Skoda Fabia WRC will be entered on selected events next year.

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