Wed 24 May 2023

No repeat win but faster ERC pace leaves Marczyk happy at home

Miko Marczyk said he had no reason to be disappointed despite being unable to make it two wins in a row on his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship last weekend.

Marczyk started ORLEN 79th Rally Poland on Friday in contention for a repeat victory on the high-speed gravel counter.

After a trip into a ditch and a pop-off valve issue cost him vital time on Saturday morning, Marczyk settled for third place in the final results alongside co-driver Szymon Gospodarczyk.

“I am very happy because the overall pace of the rally is higher than last year when I won the rally and I appreciate it,” said the 27-year-old, who was competing in a Michelin-equipped Škoda Fabia RS Rally2. “If someone told me before the race that I will be between Hayden Paddon and Mads Østberg I will say for sure it’s perfect. But the best guy on the rally was, Mārtiṇš Sesks, so big congratulations to him.”

Marczyk clocked a succession of top-three stage times on the Mikołajki event and also gained more experience behind the wheel of his new-for-2023 Fabia. “It’s better all the time, step by step,” he said.

Of his delay on the second stage of the rally, Marczyk explained what went wrong.

“It was a left corner, quite a slow one over the crest, a little bit tightening and I was trying to put the position [of the car] a bit sideways but when I entered the corner I got a bit of understeer and lost the front. There was a ditch and a possibility I can damage the radiator so this is why I stopped the car. I start the engine and after I reverse and come back and that was 15 seconds [lost]. It was my fault but I knew from the start the competition level would be high and I was trying from the first stage to be in the game. I made a fault and I am sorry.”

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