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Kajetanowicz: “The Learning Process Needs To Be Quick In Estonia”

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As the 2015 European Rally Championship enters the second half of the year, Polish driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz is preparing to reignite his bid for the title. Kajetanowicz comes into round six, auto24 Rally Estonia 21 points behind championship leader Craig Breen and still in with a real shout of the championship.

The LOTOS Racing Team driver has never competed in Estonia before but the fast gravel stages suit his driving style. The Pole has taken one victory and two second place finishes out of four starts so far this season and will be aiming for more success in his Ford Fiesta R5. Rally Estonia is one of the fastest rounds of the ERC, with top speeds approaching 215 km/h and last year’s event winner, Ott Tanak, averaging 128.6 km/h. Kajetanowicz says that he needs to become accustomed to the Estonian stages quickly.

“Although the whole LOTOS Rally Team works very hard, not everything can be prepared before the rally. Some things can be learnt only in serious competition on the special stages. This learning process has to be extremely quick in Estonia because you tackle a huge part of the route, many blind corners and crests in top gear, pedal to the metal. In these conditions the final results depend not only on perfect pace notes or experience from previous editions of this rally, but also on top speed of the cars and tremendous confidence, essential on these stages.

Rally Estonia takes place from July 17 to July 19.

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