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Round 5 of 6: PZM 75th Rally Poland, 21-23 September
Co-driver: Yaroslav Fedorov (RUS) Team: Sports Racing Technologies Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5
“I am feeling good at the moment so I expect to have a good rally in Poland. The hope is to take a good result in the ERC Junior U28 category and make sure we don’t make any mistakes so that we can claim hopefully as many points as possible. I have competed in Poland but not on gravel so this event is new to me, but I am sure I can go quickly. We will have a big fight with Fabian Kreim and Chris Ingram for the championship, so we need to beat them but they are very fast so that won’t be easy.”
Co-driver: Ross Whittock (GBR) Team: Toksport WRT Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5
“Barum was a massive learning curve and I had no confidence at all after I went off into the bushes [on the first stage on Saturday and] there was too much at stake to do another stupid mistake and bin the car. We were testing for most of the rally [after that] and only at the very end [did we get] it right with some really good times. The last stage times were really promising but we need a bit of luck. Finishing on the podium means we can go absolutely flat out on the last two rounds because we have three decent scores. Barum was only my third proper rally in the car and it’s showing I haven’t quite got the experience to string it together yet. But every rally we’ve shown pace and hopefully it will come together soon.”
Co-driver: Damian Syty (POL) Team: Tiger Energy Drink Rally Team Car: Ford Fiesta R5
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Co-driver: Frank Christian (DEU) Team: ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5
“Rally Poland is a very fast and special gravel rally. Of course we are in the lead of the ERC Junior U28 Championship but Nikolay [Gryazin] and Chris [Ingram] are very fast drivers and they have much more experience on gravel. We had last week just one test day on gravel since the Azores Airlines Rallye. So it will be very difficult for us to fight for a podium. But we will try everything to stay in the lead.”
Co-driver: Szymon Gospodarczyk (POL) Team: ŠKODA Polska Motorsport Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5
“This is really a big pleasure for me to start in the European championship but my gravel experience is really small. I was driving my first gravel event one week ago. Of course it was a big success for us but still my experience is very low so it will be hard to fight. It’s great to be in the same group as Gryazin, Ingram and Kreim. They are really fast and I have my fingers crossed for their success because I don’t think I am a good competitor for them for now [with my experience] but maybe next year it’s a different story. I will be happy if we drive a clean rally with good pace and be on the finish. It’s also necessary for me to be on the finish in the Polish championship to score the points.”
Co-driver: Jan Hloušek (CZE) Team: ACCR Czech Rally Team Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5
“I have to admit we are really excited as Poland will be our first gravel rally with an R5 car. Unfortunately, we did not manage to finish the Barum Rally due to the accident, but we set some really promising stage times and we believe we have shown our competitiveness on Tarmac. After that we are glad and very thankful to the ACCR Czech Rally Team, who trusts us and gives us the chance to face another big challenge in FIA ERC Junior Under 28, this time on gravel. For sure we expect a very demanding weekend with high-speed stages, which will be a completely new experience for us. So definitely our task is going to be learn, learn, learn and to show progress during the whole rally. If we will manage this, I am sure the result would be fine.”
Co-driver: Geoffrey Combe (FRA) Team: PEUGEOT Rally Academy Car: PEUGEOT 208 T16
“Rally Poland was previously a round of the FIA World Rally Championship. It is a speed race with a lot of jumps and I am looking forward to driving on the stages so many great rally drivers have driven on before. I like gravel and feel comfortable on this surface. In 2017 I won three gravel rounds in the 208 Rally Cup and, this year, I won in Cyprus with the PEUGEOT 208 R2. In Mikołajki, with the 208 T16, I have to adapt to driving a four-wheel-drive car on gravel, something I have only done one before in the Azores. I want to get more experience in Poland and get the best result possible.”
Co-driver: Przemysław Mazur (POL) Team: Printsport Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5
“We’re really excited to be returning to the European championship on Rally Poland where we can compete in front of our home crowd, including our sponsors and partners. It will be good to go up against some of the drivers I used to compete against in ERC Junior and it will also be great preparation for the upcoming world championship rallies we’ll be taking part in. I’ve done Rally Poland on two previous occasions, in 2016 when I finished sixth in class in a Citroën DS3 R3T and last year when I drove a PEUGEOT 208 T16 to P11 in my category. However, with World Rally Cars not allowed in the ERC, this will be the first time I’ll be able to fight for the overall top spots on what is one of my favourite events.”

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01 ERC Nikolay Gryazin-jpg
01 ERC Nikolay Gryazin-jpg

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03 ERC Fabian Kreim-jpg

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