Wed 26 Jun 2024

ERC ace Marczyk bids for more home glory

Miko Marczyk is getting ready for “something special” this week – only this time in the FIA World Rally Championship.

The FIA European Rally Championship event winner is contesting ORLEN 80th Rally Poland from tomorrow (Thursday), which he starts as one of the favourites for WRC2 glory in the Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 he shares with co-driver and compatriot Szymon Gospodarczyk.  

His status is not only based on the fact he’s a two-time Polish champion and multiple ERC podium finisher, but also because he won Rally Poland two years ago when it counted as a round of the ERC.  

“For sure it’s something special for us and we’re happy the WRC is coming back again to our country,” 28-year-old Marczyk said. “The stages will be really nice with tough ground but very fast places and I hope we can present really good pace in WRC2.   

“We are not starting the full season [in WRC2] but it’s even better for us as we will just push and try to get the best possible result in one rally, but not having to think about the whole season.”

Marczyk prepared for his home WRC counter by finishing second to Nikolay Gryazin on Rajd Warmiński in the city of Olsztyn last weekend.  

“It was a good warm-up before returning to the WRC and very happy we came here for our last preparation before ORLEN 80th Rally Poland,” Marczyk said.   

ORLEN 80th Rally Poland takes place during a busy period for Marczyk and Gospodarczyk, which started with a run to eighth overall on BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia on 15 June and will conclude on Delfi Rally Estonia, round four of the ERC season, from 5 - 7 July.

Did you know?
Miko Marczyk’s Rally Poland success story began in 2018 when he finished fifth overall on what was essentially his belated ERC debut after a testing crash prevented him from starting Rally Rzeszow, then Poland’s ERC counter, in 2017. After tyre damage restricted him to ninth place in 2019, he finished third in 2021, won outright in 2022 before he completed the podium in Mikołajki in 2023.

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