Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s bid to become the first driver to win the FIA European Rally Championship three years running is alive after he moved into the title lead with second place on his home event, Rally Rzeszow, as Bryan Bouffier made it five winners from five ERC rounds with his record-extending fifth victory on the high-speed asphalt counter in southeast Poland.

“It’s great,” said Bouffier. “This rally has always been important to me because it was my first rally in Poland a long, long time ago. When you look at the level of the ERC it’s nice to be on a good pace, especially after Canarias, which was no good for me. Back to winning means I am very happy.”

While there was no repeat Rally Rzeszow victory for Kajetanowicz, second place and the lead of the European championship represented mission accomplished for the LOTOS Rally Team driver. “Maybe I should be angry because this is my country but I am happy. To be leading the European championship was my main target and it was hurting my head that I wasn’t. The fans and my team have been amazing.”