Skoda signs Thiry for 2001

Skoda has signed Belgian driver Bruno Thiry to bolster its World Rally Championship effort in 2001

Skoda signs Thiry for 2001

Thiry, who has enjoyed works drives with Ford and Subaru in recent years, will join Armin Schwarz in the Czech manufacturer's line-up. The pair will tackle the full world championship in Octavia WRCs, with the exception of the New Zealand and Australia rallies.

Thiry said: "I am very happy to be returning to the team. The Octavia has fine handling and I'm looking forward to helping the team make further progress. Armin's shown how competitive the car can be and hopefully I can build on that."

Thiry has previous experience of Skoda - he claimed a fine fourth in an Octavia in a one-off drive on last year's Rally GB. His deal means that former Teams Cup winner Luis Climent is without a drive for 2001. The Spaniard has not impressed in his first works drive this year, and he is likely to piece together a private package instead.

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