At that time, the favorite dominated his A5 category of the legendary competition four times in a row. This year marks 30 years since the last triumph.

The racing version of the Favorit model was developed in Mladá Boleslav in parallel with the production version from 1988, on January 1, 1989 the car received homologation. The Škoda Favorit 136 L had its official competition premiere in January 1989 at the Valašská zima rally, with crews Ladislav Křeček/Bořivoj Motl and Pavel Sibera/Petr Gross.

The racing “favor” broke into the international scene at the Finnish Hankiralli of the same year. And the home team Kalevi Aho/Timo Hakala immediately won their class with the novelty. The racing Favorit 136 L then went through a gradual technical evolution and gathered more successes – its peak came in 1994.

Technical innovations combined with experienced and motivated crews led to excellent results in the 1994 season. The harbinger of a successful campaign was the victory at the opening 62nd Monte Carlo Rally in January, where the crew of Pavel Sibera/Petr Gross followed up on their victories in the previous three years in their class of cars up to 1300 cm³ and won this challenging competition for the fourth time in a row.

Rally special Škoda Favorit 136 L

The competition car homologated for Group A was based on the production version, so it had a five-door steel body with a protective frame made of thin-walled chrome-molybdenum tubes, while its total weight was 750 kg. It was powered by an aluminum liquid-cooled OHV four-cylinder with an eight-channel head and one carburetor. The unit was mounted transversely at the front and drove the front wheels. In Mladá Boleslav, they were able to squeeze 120 horsepower out of a displacement of 1289 cm³ and, depending on the type of competition and the resulting six-speed manual gearbox, the car reached a top speed of 150 to 210 km/h. A quartet of disc brakes took care of deceleration.

Vladimír Berger with Pavel Štance confirmed the Škoda Favorit’s supremacy in second place in the class, while the third-placed competitor lost more than half an hour to the Czech winner. With his performance, Pavel Sibera reached 20th place in the overall standings, despite the fact that the Mladá Boleslav Favorit had a modest performance compared to the world competition.

The drivers praised the driving characteristics of the competition Favorit – they claimed that the car sat like a go-kart, which they also proved by the fact that during really fast cornering the car tended to settle on two wheels rather than go into a skid.

The Škoda Motorsport team followed up the triumph in the Monte Carlo Rally in other races as well. In Portugal, the Czech crews once again dominated their class, as the Sibera/Gross crew, followed by the Emil Triner/Jiří Klíma crew, enjoyed victory. In addition, Pavel Sibera fought his way to 10th place overall, which meant that the brand from Mladá Boleslav also won points in the Manufacturers’ World Championship.

At the Acropolis Rally in May, both cars reached the top ten in the overall standings, which was a historic success for the Škoda brand in the world championship. It’s worth remembering that the cars in the top eight were factory racing specials with much more powerful turbocharged engines.

Škoda cars at the Monte Carlo Rally

Motorsport belongs to the Mladá Boleslav car company almost from the beginning. A number of valuable trophies were also won on the track of the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally. Laurin & Klement cars already competed in the second year of the rally classic in 1912, and in 1936 a model with a winged arrow in the emblem was on the starting line for the first time. At the time, the Škoda Popular Sport roadster finished second in the category up to 1500 cm³. After the Second World War, Škoda established itself as a strong player in the class up to 1300 cm³, which is evidenced, for example, by the hat trick of the Octavia TS model between 1961 and 1963. In the 1990s, the Favorit 136 L followed up on the previous successes of Škoda cars in Monte Carlo with four victories in class in a row, between 1991 and 1994. Modern history is being written by Škoda Fabia competition cars with all-wheel drive – Škoda Fabia R5 became the winner of the WRC2 category at RMC 2018.

Škoda Favorit cars also confirmed their performance at the Finnish rally and even in Australia, where the Škoda Motorsport team traveled for the first time thanks to the chance to win the title in the FIA ​​World Cup. The Czech crews scored other valuable points at the San Remo Rally and the Spanish Rally. The goal for the famous British RAC Rally, which celebrated its 50th year in 1994, was clear – to defend the leading position in the World Cup in the two liter class.

The work was completed with a victory in its A5 class and 6th and 7th place in the two-liter class. Škoda dominated the official FIA championship for the second time in its history. Incidentally, this happened for the first time in 1981, when she won the title of European champion in circuit touring car races.

After Škoda Motorsport team boss Pavel Janeba received the valuable trophy at the announcement ceremony in Monte Carlo on December 9, 1994, another historic moment followed a few days later in the Prague Castle Stables. The Škoda Favorit officially ended its racing career here, and its successor – the Škoda Felicia Kit Car – was presented to journalists.

Racing Favorit completed 35 World Championship competitions during his career under the banner of the factory team and recorded 31 victories and 20 second places in the statistics of his class.