Remembering when… Kajto claimed ERC glory in the Austrian snow

Remembering when… Kajto claimed ERC glory in the Austrian snow

06/01/2017 12:00

Kajetan Kajetanowicz made the perfect start to his title-winning FIA European Rally Championship season with victory on the snow of Austria’s Internationale Jännerrallye powered by GaGa Energy (6 January 2015).

Co-driven by Jarek Baran, the LOTOS Rally Team driver was in a class of his own and inch perfect over the treacherously slippery stages, which were played out over two days in the beautiful Mühlviertel region of Upper Austria. Regardless of the level of grip, in snow blizzards or in sunshine, on daylight stages or at night, Kajetanowicz was unbeatable in his Pirelli-shod Ford Fiesta R5 – increasing his lead at every opportunity to win by more than seven minutes.

But while Kajetanowicz celebrated winning, it was a miserable event for ERC title contender Craig Breen, who crashed out on the opening stage. Robert Consani and Alexey Lukyanuk completed the podium.

Pierre-Louis Loubet “feels ready” for his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut after driving BRC Racing Team’s Hyundai i20 R5 for the first time during Azores Airlines Rallye testing yesterday (Monday).

Paulo Nobre will return to international rallying after a five-year gap when he embarks on a full-season campaign in the FIA European Rally Championship.

Dominik Brož hopes the technical problems that hampered his progress in 2017 will be a thing of the past when he bids for FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship success this season.

Miguel Correia will make his FIA European Rally Championship debut when he lines up on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

Fabian Kreim will look to his outing on the Asia-Pacific championship-counting Coffee Day India Rally in 2016 when he begins his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 bid on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

A fully recovered Bruno Magalhães says there’s no reason why he can’t begin his 2018 FIA European Rally Championship campaign by repeating the shock victory he scored on São Miguel 12 months ago.