Rally Estonia, round seven of the 2022 World Rally Championship, gets underway on Thursday evening – with Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak (LOTOS Rally Team), who lead the WRC2 standings. After excellent performance in Croatia, Portugal and Kenya, with three podium finished in a row, now it’s time for very fast gravel stages in Estonia.
Kajetanowicz is the man to beat this year. After historic win in Safari Rally, the Polish driver leads the 2022 standings in his category. His excellent streak started with podium finishes in Croatia and Portugal – he also knows how to fight for success in Estonia. He grabbed top-three finishes here in 2021, 2016 and 2015.
– I love these special stages in Estonia, this feeling of speed. Precise driving on narrow roads and long jumps bring a lot of joy but at the same time you have to stay focused throughout the whole rally. Excitement ahead of every World Rally Championship round is great and we head to Estonia as the leaders of our category. For sure I hadn’t even thought about such results before the season. However, we are only midway through the championship and we must not rest on our laurels. We need to prove our value on every special stage, having the right tools to do so. Our car is prepared as it should be and I feel very well behind the steering wheel. As always, we will do our best!
– says Kajetan Kajetanowicz, the LOTOS Rally Team driver.
The rally starts on Thursday (14 July) with a short, 1.66-kms ERM stage. High speeds and long jumps await the competitors on Friday – with two runs of Peipisääre (24.35 kms), Mustvee (17.09 kms), Raanista (21.45 kms) and Vastsemoisa (7.60 kms) stages. On Saturday the crews will tackle two loops, consisting of Elva (11.73 kms), Mäeküla (10.27 kms), Otepää (17.08 kms) and Neeruti (7.79 kms) tests, returning also to Thursday’s ERM stage (1.66 kms). Sunday will present an extremely difficult challenge, with Raadi (6.58 kms), Kanepi (16.48 kms) and Kambja (15.95 kms) stages – without any service break before second loop. In total, the competitors face 313.26 competitive kilometres.
Starts of Kajetan Kajetanowicz are supported by strategic partner of the LOTOS Rally Team – Grupa LOTOS, technical partner Delphi Technologies, as well as Pirelli, SJS Driving Experience and Grupa Sikora.