About the rally
The route, divided into three stages, counts 1,699 km, including 23 special stages with a length of nearly 360 km. For the first time in the rally history four stages will be held in Lithuania. Completely new are also three episodes in Poland. Four times fans will be able to enjoy the competition on Mikolajki Arena.
Robert before this rally:
“Competing in my homeland will be something very special, but on the other hand – strange as it sounds – it will be a completely new rally for me. I contested Rally Poland last year, but in this year’s edition not even 100 metres will be same and my approach will be the same as it was for the other new events.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing all the Polish fans. This will be one of the country’s sporting highlights and I think there are many rally fans in Poland so it is nice that we have this opportunity – with the Polish Federation – to do this event.
“I’m sure there will be a lot of support for the Polish drivers, but I just want to do a good rally and finish well without making any mistakes. I know that if I get to the finish and am happy with my driving then it will be a good rally. This is the most important thing for me and this is what I am looking for.
“Talking about the results, I won’t be paying too much attention to that. The most important thing is to learn and enjoy. If I finish the last stage and I am happy with what I did behind the wheel, it will be the best result for me and bring a lot of satisfaction.
“As this is my home event, I thought it would be nice to show the Polish national colours on my Fiesta RS WRC, and so that is what we have decided to do. Together with our partners, we have come up with a one-off design for this special event.” (source: www.facebook.com/Kubicaofficial
On Friday, Robert Kubica and Maciej Szczepaniak tested before the Polish round of the World Rally Championship. A full account of these tests, with lots of videos and photos you can see HERE.
This year's Rally of Poland will have a completely different profile of routes than previous editions. The stages are very fast, and turns traversed mainly on the 5th and 6th gear. What’s important, the drivers will travel at a much harder surface. Needless to say that this route should fit Robert Kubica much more than last year's.
Here is the schedule of the rally:
Thursday, June 26th
8:00 - Shakedown
15:30 – Honourable start
16:40 - SS 1 Milki (14.54 km)
17:30 - SS 2 Kruklanki (17.73 km)
20:05 - SSS 3 Mikolajki Arena (2.50 miles)
20:20 - Mikolajki Service (45 min)
Friday, June 27th
7:00 - Service B Mikolajki (15 min)
9:10 - SS 4 Wieliczki (12.89 km)
11:25 - SS 5 Kapciamiestis (Lithuania) (18.73 km)
12:30 - SS 6 Margionys (Lithuania) (17.97 km)
13:40 - Service Druskieniki (Lithuania) (15 min)
14:40 - SS 7 Kapciamiestis 2 (Lithuania) (18.73 km)
15:45 - SS 8 Margionys 2 (Lithuania) (17.97 km)
19:15 - SS 9 Wieliczki 2 (12.89 km)
22:00 - SSS 10 Mikolajki Arena 2 (2.50 miles)
22:20 - Mikolajki Service (45 min)
Saturday, June 28th
7:15 - Mikolajki Service (15 min)
8:00 - SS 11 Chmielewo (12.09 km)
9:35 - SS 12 Stare Juchy (14.41 km)
10:35 - SS 13 Babki (15.76 km)
11:35 - SS 14 Goldap (35.17 km)
14:05 - SS 15 Baranowo 1 (14.90 km)
14:50 - Mikolajki Service (30 min)
15:50 - SS 16 Chmielewo 2 (12.09 km)
16:55 - SS 17 Stare Juchy 2 (14.41 km)
18:25 - SS 18 Babki 2 (15.76 km)
19:25 - SS 19 Goldap 2 (35.17 km)
22:00 - SSS 20 Mikolajki Arena 3 (2.50 miles)
22:15 - Mikolajki Service (45 min)
Sunday, June 29th
7:00 - Mikolajki Service (15 min)
8:15 - SS 21 Milki 2 (14.54 km))
9:03 - SS 22 Kruklanki 2 (17.73 km)
11:02 - SS S23 Mikolajki Arena 4 (2.50 miles)
11:55 - SS 24 Baranowo 2 (Power Stage) (14.50 km)
14:00 – Finish, Mikolajki Arena
We remember that the weather last year was bad and literally finished off routes that were, especially during recce, in many places impassable. This year is to be much better - a temperature of about 20 degrees Celsius and no rain. That alone will be a huge plus.
In the cars in the highest specification we will see Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala, Kris Meeke, Mikko Hirvonen, Mads Ostberg, Elfyn Evans, Thierry Neuville, Juho Hanninen, Andreas Mikkelsen, Hayden Paddon, Martin Prokop and Henning Solberg. In WRC cars will drive also Poles: Robert Kubica, Michal Solowow and Krzysztof Holowczyc.
For a complete list of applications see HERE.
Mentioned fifteen will certainly be a leading group in the fight for victory and the top positions in the rally. Routes od Polish classic are unknown to most players, of which only a few competed in previous years on the Mazury gravel. These include Hirvonen, winner of the 2009, Latvala, Meeke and Solberg. However, taking into consideration very large changes in the configuration stages, as well as the introduction of five entirely new stages everyone will start a route description from a clean sheet of paper.
In the rate are the drivers and pilots from 36 countries. Most of them are Poles (23), the French (12), the UK (11) and the representatives of Finland and Spain – are both 10. Lithuania will be represented by three crews. Most of participants are from European countries, but there are also those who represent Australia, Argentina, Chile, Kuwait, Lebanon, New Zealand, Peru and the United Arab Emirates.
Among the cars dominate different varieties of Ford (39) and Citroen (15), but the attention of fans will also focus on factory VW Polo R WRC (3) or Hyundai i20 WRC (3). Poland leading three selected Fords Fiesta RS WRC. For Kubica it will be seventh start behind the wheel of this car, for Solowow fifth and Holowczyc will drive Fiesta for the first time in his career.
LOTOS 71st Rally of Poland is also a round of the World Cup WRC2, Junior World Championships (JWRC) and will also be an arena to fight for victory in the Fiesta Trophy Drive DMACK. In the first of these series there will be 17 drivers, and the second and third 12.
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