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20 JANUARY 2016

KAJETANOWICZ TO DEFEND ERC TITLE

*Polish driver to continue in LOTOS-backed Ford Fiesta R5
*ERC’s Poland return offers chance to star on home soil

Reigning champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz will continue in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2016 when he attempts to defend the title he won for the first time last season.

Pole Kajetanowicz and co-driver Jarek Baran have confirmed their ERC assault in the same LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 they campaigned so successfully in 2015 when they won three rounds and claimed a further four podiums.

This season, Kajetanowicz will get to compete on home soil when the ERC returns to Poland for the first time since 2013 with Rally Rzeszowski hosting the action from 4-6 August. Kajetanowicz has won the asphalt event twice in the past during his stint in the Polish championship.

“The 2016 FIA ERC calendar looks even more exciting, not only because we have two rounds which are so close for the Polish fans,” said Kajetanowicz, known by his fans as Kajto. “Again we can choose from 10 extremely diverse rallies. Each one gives me and Jarek a chance to develop ourselves, each one can make me a better driver and this is my goal.

“I am happy that I can work with the professionals who do not lack motivation. They believe in me, support me and I do not want to disappoint them. Our progress over the last few years was big but everyone who got to know the capabilities of LOTOS Rally Team is perfectly aware that we will pull out all the stops to do what we love in an even better way.”

ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley said: “While the ERC provides the skills required to compete in the world championship, the serious competition in the ERC and the numerous benefits, such as the excellent television coverage on Eurosport and prize fund of 200,000 Euros, means drivers often embark on multi-year programmes. Kajto is no different and it’s great news that he, Jarek and the LOTOS Rally Team have chosen the ERC for a third successive season. Confirmation of Kajto’s participation also serves as the ultimate benchmark for drivers looking to make their mark by taking on and trying to beat the best.”

The 2016 FIA European Rally Championship season begins at Rally Liepāja on 5-7 February.

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02 KAJETANOWICZ Kajetan BARAN Jaroslaw Ford Fiesta R5 action during the 2015 European Rally Championship ERC Estonia Rally, from July 17th to 20th 2015 at Tallinn, Estonia. Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI

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KAJETANOWICZ Kajetan Ford Fiesta R5 Ambiance during the 2015 European Rally Championship ERC Barum rally, from August 27 to 30th, at Zlin, Czech Republic. Photo Alexandre Guillaumot / DPPI

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02 KAJETANOWICZ Kajetan BARAN Jaroslaw FORD FIESTA RS action during the 2015 European Rally Championship ERC Azores rally, from June 3 to 6th, at Ponta Delgada, Portugal. Photo Gregory Lenormand / DPPI

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Press contacts

Press enquiries: Anthony Peacock, media.fiaerc.com
Television enquiries: Antonios_Argyropoulos@discovery.com 
Drivers and teams: Jean-Baptiste_Ley@discovery.com