Kajetanowicz: leader of FIA ERC overall standings
After excellent win and undisputed domination in season opener, Jännerrallye, Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Jarek Baran entered the competition on Latvian special stages as clear leaders of FIA ERC standings. On top of that comfortable advantage seized in Austria also meant that LOTOS Rally Team driver was a clear favourite for FIA ERC Ice Master title.
Positive emotions and first success of Kajto in Latvia came very quickly, after second special stage. Thanks to excellent results on first stages of Rally Liepāja, Kajetanowicz clinched FIA ERC Ice Master title. Kajetanowicz amassed 238 points, comfortably outscoring second-placed driver Alexey Lukyanuk (166 points). LOTOS Rally Team driver earned this type of award for the second time: in 2014 he was quickest in gravel rallies and won FIA ERC Gravel Master classification.
After two rounds of FIA European Rally Championship Kajetanowicz is not just the Ice Master 2015. Thanks to points scored for fantastic drive during Day 2 of Rally Liepāja Kajetanowicz and Baran maintained the lead in overall classification of the championship. In Latvia Polish crew impressed with consistent pace: on every completed stage they recorded top three times, winning opening stage of Sunday’s leg.
Kajetan Kajetanowicz: – We are happy and rich in new experience. Happy, because we managed to reach our goals and held the lead in FIA ERC overall standings, winning also FIA ERC Ice Master title. The pace we maintained since the beginning of the rally was really pleasing. It proves that we made big progress compared to last season and in such difficult championship this kind of progress is crucial. Last year this rally was completely new to us and now we are able to fight for victory. It is an excellent example that hard work pays off and LOTOS Rally Team is always willing to fight and work tirelessly. The team and M-Sport Poland do a great job and I want to thank them very much. It was great to prove ourselves in new conditions because each rally is a good training ground and I want to make progress. This is what we do and we will do – we have this possibility thanks to our sponsors. Congratulations to Craig for his victory and I am happy that we can expect fierce battle in forthcoming FIA ERC rounds.
Jarek Baran: – This rally was really demanding. Today the conditions on opening loop were extremely tough. In some places there was heavy snowfall and wind was blowing snow on the road. Quite often we could not see the road but our pace notes worked perfectly. We set good stage times and at the same time we had a lot of fun.
FIA ERC standings after Rally Liepāja:
1. Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL) 45
2. Craig Breen (IRL) 40
3. Robert Consani (FRA) 40
4. Alexey Lukyanuk (BLR) 32
Final 2015 FIA ERC Ice Master standings:
1. Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL) 238
2. Alexey Lukyanuk (BLR) 166
3. Craig Breen (IRL) 77
Starts of Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Jarek Baran are supported by strategic partner of LOTOS Rally Team – LOTOS Group – as well as CUBE.ITG and Driving Experience. More info about Kajetan Kajetanowicz and the team available at: www.lotosrallyteam.pl, www.kajto.pl, www.facebook.com/EmocjeDoPelna.