Maro Engel will be another of the ‘guests’ star of the Monza Rally, the last scoring event of the WRC in the 2020 season. However, the German driver will change the Mercedes-AMG GT3 with which he regularly competes in the ADAC GT Masters for a Skoda Fabia R5, always in the hands of the Toksport WRT team. In this way, the former DTM driver and great protagonist of the international GT3 scene will put aside his normal performance to face the rest of competing with an R5 vehicle in the WRC. Engel’s World Cup debut will be with Ilka Minor.
The mixed format between speed rally and rally-show that the Rally de Monza promises to offer as the last round of the WRC is a great claim for non-specialty drivers. In fact, within hours Franco Morbidelli and Maro Engel have confirmed their participation in the test. In the case of the German driver, Engel will compete at Monza with a Skoda Fabia R5, a car in which its status as a benchmark in the Mercedes GT3 program will not be of great value. With everything, his triumphs in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring, the ADAC GT Masters, the GT World Challenge and the IGTC endorse him.
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Engel must rely in any case on the experience of his co-driver Ilka Minor. The Austrian has a long history and in addition to fighting alongside Eyvind Brynildsen in recent times, she has been an important part of the successes achieved by Henning Solberg. Further, Engel will also be able to count on the two great pilots who will also be in Monza with Toksport WRT. However, the training will line up two other units of the Skoda Fabia R5 for Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecký, two of the big names in the R5 class. In fact, Tidemand is the reigning champion of the World Championship WRC2 category.