Skoda squad is Ready for 2012!

Skoda will retain Juho Hanninen and Jan Kopecky in its factory team for the 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Both have driven for the team since it came into the IRC in 2009, with Hanninen taking the '10 championship and Kopecky finishing second in the standings for all three years.

Skoda will also continue to provide factory-specification equipment for reigning champion Andreas Mikkelsen, who drives under the Skoda UK banner.

Hanninen also delivered the World Rally Championship S2000 title this year, but team boss Michal Hrabanek said the IRC would be the main focus for 2012.

"Skoda's top priority will be to defend the IRC titles we have won in the last two years," he said.

"Three drivers in factory-prepared Fabia Super 2000s are going to fight for points in the manufacturers' category - Jan Kopecky and Juho Hanninen of Skoda Motorsport and Andreas Mikkelsen of Skoda UK Motorsport.

"With future prospects in mind, we want to gain experience in selected events of the European championship."

Source: Autosport