Toksport entered four Škoda Fabia Rally2 cars for Monte Carlo Rallye 2022 (testing + onboard video)
Top German private team Toksport continues with cooperation with Czech car giant Škoda which means working as their satellite rally team. Last season they had a champion in both big championships - WRC2 and European Rally Championship (ERC) in Andreas Mikkelsen who decided to stay with the team after his plans for Rally1 drive collapsed.
This year they entered four Škoda Fabia Rally2 cars with Andreas Mikkelsen, Marco Bulacia, Nikolay Gryazin and fourth car is just rented from him for ex-European Rally Championship from season 2019 - Chris Ingram. That means three plus one car but they let all four drivers to test together which probably means sharing data for all four of them.
Bolivian Marco Bulacia doesn't have too much practice on snow as we can see from the testing video as he was in the snow bank more then once. As opposite Andreas Mikkelsen used to finish in the top 7 overall at Monte more then once so he is probably the biggest Škoda hope there.
Nikolay Gryazin is super fast Russian who can post faster times then anyone in the WRC2 class but he is still too prone to crashing. That's not good for him and he has to change that if he wants another works drive in the future. Just to remind you that he was Hyundai works driver in WRC2 class just seasons ago.
Chris Ingram won that ERC in 2019 without a single win but it seems that he has a speed to fight in the top 5 as he showed that during the season 2021. He needs more of the same this season because there is a lots of money invested into him during his rallying career and he must prove that he is worth of all that investment.
Škoda boys will have biggest opponent in Citroen boys because there will have Eric Camilli, super fast guy from Nice, France who always showed the super strong pace at Monte. Ex-works Citroen driver Staphane Lefebvre is again with Citroen but this time in the private team as he wants to show that he is still able for the top results.
It will be interesting to see how the top two manufacturers progressed during the season break because Hyundai entered only Gregoire Munster through his private team and it is unknown how good he can be at the snowy and icy roads of Monte Carlo Rallye.
Let the best win - as always...