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Why six ERC points could be crucial for Kajetanowicz

Why six ERC points could be crucial for Kajetanowicz

18/04/2017 12:00

Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s second FIA European Rally Championship defence didn’t get off to the start he’d hoped for the six points he scored on the Azores Airlines Rallye could yet prove decisive in his bid for a record-breaking third consecutive crown.

After crashing out on the opening leg in the mid-Atlantic earlier this month, Kajetanowicz returned for the final day with the aim of scoring as many leg bonus points as possible in the LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 he shares with co-driver Jarek Baran.

“This was a fantastic day, our first points and I am happy that I quickly regained confidence after yesterday’s mistake,” said Kajetanowicz afterwards. “Today everything worked perfectly. The fight in the fog was really nice, it always brings a lot of emotions. Our competitors pushed hard but we won quite a lot of stages and this is important, as our pace was very nice. I am happy to leave with points, wiser and for sure stronger.”

Kajetanowicz, who now has 103 ERC stage wins to his name, is ninth in the ERC standings heading to next month’s Rally Islas Canarias. Crucially, his chief title rival, Alexey Lukyanuk also failed to go the distance in the Azores and is one point ahead of Kajetanowicz in the table.

Szeja brothers in ERC debut

22/07/2017 12:00 - 2017

Brothers Jarek and Marcin Szeja will make their FIA European Rally Championship debuts when Rally Rzeszow hosts the fifth event of the all-action ERC season next month.

Austrian Simon Wagner has become rising star number 23 to sign up for the FIA European Rally Championship’s hugely successful Junior category in 2017 and will contest the upcoming ERC Junior Under 27 rounds in Poland and Czech Republic.

FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship leader Chris Ingram won’t be holding back when it comes to committing big on next month’s Rally Rzeszow.

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH will use the FIA European Rally Championship to showcase its uprated GT86 CS-R3 to potential customers.

Emerging prospects from the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship will get the chance to prove their talent against a World Rally Championship event-winning driver when Mads Østberg contests Rally Rzeszow in Poland next month (3-5 August).

Nikolay Gryazin will complete his two-event practice rally schedule ahead of his return to FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship action on Rally Rzeszow next month when he competes in Austria this weekend.