ERC’s Herczig goes from gardener to cleaner
MOL Racing Team’s Norbert Herczig completed his six-event FIA European Rally Championship campaign with his fourth top-10 finish of the season on PZM Rally Poland.
But it was an eventful outing for the four-time Hungarian champion, who turned 43 on the opening day of the Mikołajki event, which he celebrated with the second fastest time on the first special stage.
“After the good start on Friday, Saturday was not too good for us,” the double ERC podium finisher explained. “I made a little mistake at a big left corner and we went into a garden. We thought maybe something happened with the car but not, although I am sorry to the owner. After [that] I had to build myself step by step because my self confidence wasn’t too good.”
Running first on the road on day two required Herczig to clean a path through the loose surface for the drivers running behind. He battled through to the finish in P10 despite rolling on SS13.
“Yesterday I was called ‘gardener’, today I’m a ‘cleaner’,” he said. “It was very slippery, but we tried, loose gravel everywhere. We crashed on stage 13, we rolled over and we landed back on four wheels so I was lucky.
“Overall, this weekend was not my weekend but we learned a lot at these stages and at this rally. It’s an absolutely beautiful place and I hope next year I’m going to be a little bit luckier.”