ERC’s King Kajto completes impressive world campaign on a high
Three-time FIA European Rally Championship winner Kajetan Kajetanowicz ended his maiden campaign at world level on a high with a hugely impressive fourth in class in Spain on Sunday.
Out of a total of 20 starters in the world championship’s second tier, Kajetanowicz was beaten only by a trio of factory cars, including the all-new Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 of Petter Solberg, the 2003 world champion.
Co-driven by fellow Pole Maciej Szczepaniak, Kajetanowicz was in the top 10 in his category on almost every stage and even set the sixth-fastest time on the Salou street stage on day two of the mixed-surface event he was contesting for the first time, a challenge made even harder by changeable weather.
Afterwards, the LOTOS Rally Team driver said: “The chance to fight for top positions in such a difficult rally does not come for free. It is a result of hard work of the whole team.”
Kajetanowicz was using his four-event world championship campaign as preparation for what he hopes will be an expanded programme of global rounds in 2019.
“For me this rally was another debut and another step in our preparations ahead of the next season,” said Kajetanowicz, the only driver in history to win three ERC titles in succession. “It is a joy and dream-come-true feeling but at the same time it is also a challenge and responsibility. There are many people behind the LOTOS Rally Team who ‘fuel’ my car: our partners, families, friends and fans. Everyone who believes in our success is a part of it. I want to remember about everyone at times like this. Thank you for your support.”
Kajetanowicz’s results in 2018 make for impressive experience, especially given the fact all four events represented unchartered territory for the rally ace. He was seventh in Sardinia, fifth in Germany and fourth in Turkey, despite myriad mechanical issues with his Ford Fiesta R5.