Polish 2WD champion to test skills against ERC Junior U27 aces at home
Kacper Wróblewski will test himself against some of Europe’s leading young rally drivers when he makes his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship debut on his home event, PZM Rally Poland, next week.
Wróblewski, who clinched the Polish 2WD title at his first attempt earlier this month, will drive a Rallytechnology-prepared PEUGEOT 208 R2 on the all-gravel event. Insisting he’s under no pressure to achieve a strong result following his domestic success, the 26-year-old will spend the event comparing his stage times to his rivals in the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior U27 category for young drivers in R2 cars.
“We are very excited to be doing Rally Poland,” said Wróblewski. “This year is my first full season in the Polish Rally Championship and we are Polish champions in 2WD so this rally will be pure pleasure for us. My goal is mainly to gain experience and see how close we are to the top ERC Junior U27 drivers, especially as this will be only my third gravel rally in my life.”
Wróblewski began competing in 2007 and initially achieved success in hillclimbs before switching to rallying in 2010 in the Polish Rally Cup. He utilised skills passed on to him by leading Polish drivers Łukasz Habaj, Jacek Spentany and Piotr Woś, plus his father Wojtek Wróblewski, through intensive training sessions and graduated to the Polish championship in 2014, although it wasn’t until this year that he was able to embark on a full-season campaign. He was previously part of the Polish National Team in alpine skiing and won various competitions and junior and child level.
Although this will be Wróblewski’s first Rally Poland, he’s no stranger to the event he will tackle with co-driver and compatriot Jacek Spentany from 21-23 September. “Rally Poland has always been a great event for me,” Wróblewski said. “When it was a world championship round and the ERC before that I always went to see it. Now I’m very happy and glad that we have an opportunity to start in it. I am incredibly excited about this fact and hope to finish it and have lots of fun.”
Wróblewski is also no stranger to the ERC having attended a number of rounds with his mentor Łukasz Habaj. “I have known Łukasz for years and have the opportunity to see how everything works on the ERC when I got to the events with him. He also supports me in my rallies in Poland with know-how so I definitely use his experience.”
ERC Junior has been helping young drivers in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres to learn, shine and climb since 2014 with graduates including Fabio Andolfi, Emil Bergkvist, Jan Černý, Marijan Griebel, Nikolay Gryazin, Jari Huttunen, Chris Ingram, Stéphane Lefebvre, Łukasz Pieniazek and Julius Tannert.