Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak have started Rally Italia Sardegna on a high note. The LOTOS Rally Team crew showed brilliant pace on the opening loop, winning special stage number two and setting top-three times on remaining three tests. The Polish duo holds second position in the WRC-3 standings, trailing the leading duo of Rossel/Coria by less than five seconds.
The fans got used to this familiar picture of duels between Kajetanowicz and Rossel. These drivers fought for victory in Croatia and Portugal, with Kajetanowicz gaining the upper hand on both occasions. Another excellent battle takes place in Sardegna, this time with other great drivers joining the party – such as López and Solans from Spain or Lindholm from Finland. After opening four stages Rossel is in the lead, Kajetanowicz trails him by just 4.9 seconds, with López a further 1.4 seconds in arrears.
– We have completed the first loop of Rally Italia Sardegna, with 70 kilometers of driving in really difficult conditions. It is very hot, especially inside the car. Already on the first runs of the stages we suffered a lot and our car also received some battering. There are plenty of sharp stones and rocks which were not there during the recce. We had expected these challenges, but the road is different after each run, so it is difficult to avoid these traps. Right now we are in second position, so I am pleased with our performance. We lose just a few seconds to the leaders and for sure we will continue to fight
– says Kajetan Kajetanowicz, the LOTOS Rally Team driver.
Starts of Kajetan Kajetanowicz are supported by strategic partner of the LOTOS Rally Team – Grupa LOTOS – as well as Delphi Technologies, Pirelli, SJS Driving Experience and Grupa Sikora.
Rally Italia Sardegna 2021 – unofficial WRC-3 results after SS4:
- Rossel/Coria (France, Citroën C3 Rally2) 47:12.3 s
- Kajetanowicz/Szczepaniak (Poland, Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +4.9 s
- López/Vallejo (Spain, Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +6.3 s
- Solans/Sanjuan de Eusebio (Spain, Citroën C3 Rally2) +15.2 s
- Lindholm/Hämäläinen (Finland, Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +30.0 s
- Ciamin/Roche (France, Citroën C3 Rally2) +57.9 s
- Fernández/Garcia (Chile/Argentina, Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +1:04.3 s
- Zaldivar/del Barrio (Paraguay/Spain, Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +1:29.1 s
- Ingram/Whittock (Great Britain, Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +1:31.7 s
- Kremer/Kremer (Germany, Volkswagen Polo GTI R5) +2:18.1 s