The battle in Rally Estonia, extremely fast World Rally Championship counter, goes on – despite rain and wet roads, average speed on special stages reaches 120 kph! Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak, cheered on by their supporters, fight for more points in their category. The LOTOS Rally Team crew close the gap to top five!
The Saturday’s leg consists of relatively short special stages – at least compared to the usual World Championship standards. The crews compete on four special stages and the longest one is just over 17 kilometres long. Weather conditions play the crucial role again – with rain making the gravel roads extremely slippery. Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak are doing good job in these circumstances, avoiding mistakes and holding sixth position in the WRC2 standings.
– We could say that the first half of the rally is already behind us and halfway through the competition I feel a lot better than yesterday. Our pace is faster and our stage times show it – but it always could be better and this is what we’re aiming for. We are still smiling and I have positive attitude ahead of the second part of the day. The weather is still unpredictable, although the forecasts look optimistic. We will do our job, pushing hard
– says Kajetan Kajetanowicz, the LOTOS Rally Team driver.
In the afternoon the crews will complete second runs of Elva (11.73 kms), Mäeküla (10.27 kms), Otepää (17.08 kms) and Neeruti (7.79 kms) stages. The day ends with ERM test (1.66 kms), which was already run as the opening stage of the rally.
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.
Rally Estonia 2022, unofficial WRC2 standings after SS13:
- Mikkelsen/Eriksen (Norway, Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) 1:47:56.0
- Suninen/Markkula (Finland, Hyundai i20 N Rally2) +13.9
- Bulacia/Vallejo (Bolivia/Spain, Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +54.3
- Lindholm/Hämäläinen (Finland, Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +1:07.4
- Huttunen/Lukka (Finland, Ford Fiesta Rally2) +1:39.9
- Kajetanowicz/Szczepaniak (Poland, Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +2:04.0
- Fernández/Coronado (Chile/Spain, Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +3:15.8
- McErlean/Fulton (Ireland, Hyundai i20 N Rally2) +3:49.7
- Linnamäe/Drew (Estonia/Great Britain, VW Polo GTI Rally2) +4:16.4
- Johnston/Kihurani (USA, Citroën C3 Rally2) +6:38.4