Polish fans of Kajetan Kajetanowicz will have yet another chance to watch him in action on special stages – this time in Poland, in exceptional role. Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak will start ORLEN 79th Rally Poland on 19 May as a course crew, bearing number zero. Four-time European Rally Champion and triple Rally Poland winner returns to familiar gravel roads in the Masurian Lake District after seven years’ break, aiming to prepare even better for the forthcoming World Rally Championship round.
Following their outing in Rally México, the ORLEN Rally Team crew prepare themselves for the next challenge. Kajetanowicz and Szczepaniak will fight for more WRC2 points in Rally Sardegna, where they had already scored podium finishes in 2019 and 2020. In order to prepare for this start in the best possible way, the team have decided to take part in Polish classic event – a round of the European and Polish championships. Kajetanowicz and Szczepaniak do not score points in either of these series, so they will participate as a course crew, opening the road.
– I am looking forward to taking part in ORLEN 79th Rally Poland, especially to meeting the Polish fans. I have great memories from this event, having won it multiple times, in different cars. The gravel roads in Masuria are among the most beautiful in the world. I hop we will be able to drive fast but of course I am also aware of our duties – as a course crew we have considerable responsibility
– Kajetan Kajetanowicz, the ORLEN Rally Team driver, says ahead of the rally.
The ORLEN Rally Team crew will tackle the route aboard a new Škoda Fabia RS Rally2. Kajetanowicz will drive this car for the first time on the stages, as he plans to use the latest version of Škoda in selected World Rally Championship events. Valuable mileage on fast gravel roads will surely pay off in the WRC rounds.
– Rally Poland is also a test of our new car, Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 – which I am planning to use in Rally Sardegna. The Italian WRC counter is very challenging, with bumpy roads, full of holes. In order to win it, you have to drive very fast and avoid mistakes. The competition looks to be very tight, with plenty of top drivers – which always makes me even more motivated
– the Polish driver adds.
ORLEN 79th Rally Poland begins on Friday, 19 May. The opening day consists of the Qualifying Stage, starting ceremony and superspecial stage Mikołajki Arena (2.5 kms, at 18:30 CET). The longest leg of the rally is planned for Saturday: with two runs of Świętajno (18.54 kms), Markowskie (13.53 kms) and Wieliczki (17.35 kms). The day ends with another run of Mikołajki Arena. The schedule for Sunday consists of two runs of Barczewo (10.73 kms), Biskupiec (12.30 kms), Mikołajki (6.68 kms) and Gmina Mrągowo (9.40 kms) – run also as the Power Stage.
Starts of Kajetan Kajetanowicz are supported by title partner of the ORLEN Rally Team – PKN ORLEN, as well as technical partner Delphi Technologies, Pirelli, ATC CARGO S.A., PLATINUM ORLEN OIL brand, QUAZAR LOTOS OIL brand and SJS S.A.