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Kajetanowicz comfortably leads ERC standings after Rally Estonia

Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Jarek Baran proved that fighting until the end and fulfilling your plan persistently always pay off. Thanks to determination, focus and fast driving combined with a strong belief in their success, the LOTOS Rally Team crew claimed second position at last weekend’s Rally Estonia.

The opening leg of the sixth round of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) took place in changeable conditions. The competition started on wet gravel which began to dry up as soon as the rain stopped. Over the course of the first loop, in unpredictable conditions, Kajetanowicz and Baran climbed to fourth place. After eighth special stage the Polish duo moved to third position and held on to it.

On Sunday leg the LOTOS Rally Team crew displayed the mature attitude that they are famous for, consistently fulfilling their plan of fast and efficient driving. Kajetan and Jarek headed towards the rally finish with confidence, notching up top times on a regular basis and claiming second position in the Leg 2 standings.

Second-placed crew in the European championship, Alexey Lukyanuk and Alexey Arnautov, did not reach the finish line: the Russians had been leading the rally until the penultimate stage, where they crashed out.

On their way to today’s success Kajetanowicz and Baran recorded 13 top three times on 16 special stages of Rally Estonia. Round 6 of the FIA European Rally Championship marks the fourth podium this season for the LOTOS Rally Team and 13th consecutive FIA ERC rally finished in the points by Kajetanowicz and Baran.

Right after the halfway mark of the season, with six out of ten FIA ERC rounds completed, Kajetanowicz leads the Drivers’ Championship with 121 points. His biggest rival Alexey Lukyanuk amassed 37 points less and Ralfs Sirmacis holds third position, having scored 79 points. LOTOS Rally Team comfortably leads the Teams Championship, with 101 points. The next round of the FIA European Rally Championship takes place in Poland: Rajd Rzeszowski (4-6 August) appears for the first time in series’ calendar.

Kajetan Kajetanowicz said:

“Each rally, beginning with decision to participate, through preparations, testing, recce until the fight on the stages, is a series of decisions which we have to make. Sometimes we are in a more comfortable situation, when we can think them over. In other cases we have to react in split second, impulsively. There are also decisions which are very difficult for a rally driver because sometimes you have to find an appropriate harmony between things he could achieve and things he would like to achieve. It is not easy because when I am competing in my rally car, my head is resonating with thoughts which are pushing me constantly to drive faster and to strive for victory all the time. On the other hand when you claim second place in such a demanding rally like this one in Estonia, you gain not only a new surge of motivation but also strength required to make difficult, mature decisions which ultimately bring us closer to our coveted target."

Jarek Baran said:

“Many difficult situations which we survived yesterday set down our place in this competition. We had to remain focused and do our job. Once again the old truth was confirmed: in order to win, first you have to reach the finish. It was an extremely demanding event and podium in Rally Estonia is extraordinarily precious to me.”