Huge progress for ERC regular Habaj
Former Polish champion Łukas Habaj has made “huge progress” in the last 12 months after landing his second top 10 finish in a row in the FIA European Rally Championship.
Habaj began his 2017 ERC campaign with a non-finish in the Azores and a non-start in Gran Canaria following a crash in Free Practice on the Spanish asphalt event.
But in a reversal of fortune, Habaj has a seventh place on the Azores Airlines Rallye and a P10 on Rally Islas Canarias earlier this month to show for his efforts in 2018, the latter coming on the back of a tough outing in his Ford Fiesta R5.
“Comparing to 12 months ago we [have] made huge progress,” said Habaj. “This is a really specific rally and you need experience in an R5 car – my only previous experience was in an R2 car. “Driving this car in these stages is fantastic, I enjoyed it a lot apart from some small technical issues. I hope to be back next year for better results.”
Habaj’s Rally Islas Canarias woes ranged from tackling a fully-wet second stage on dry-weather tyres, brake issues and a wheel bearing fault that made hearing co-driver Daniel Dymurski’s pacenotes problematic due to the noise it created.
“For sure we had problems that ruined the result but we had a better pace [on leg two] so it’s an optimistic prognosis for the future,” said Habaj. “It’s another rally without a good result but I am happy.”