PZM Rally Poland Facts, figures, news

PZM Rally Poland Facts, figures, news

26.06.2019: PZM 76th Rally Poland FIA European Rally Championship round 4 of 8* 28-30 June 2019 Five facts: 1: Run for the first time in 1921 from the capital Warsaw over a 576-kilometre route to Białowieza, Rally Poland turned 75 in 2018, mak

PZM 76th Rally Poland
FIA European Rally Championship round 4 of 8*
28-30 June 2019




Five facts:



1: Run for the first time in 1921 from the capital Warsaw over a 576-kilometre route to Białowieza, Rally Poland turned 75 in 2018, making it the second oldest rally in the world behind Rallye Monte-Carlo.


2: A founding round of the world championship in 1973 when current FIA President Jean Todt co-drove Achim Warmbold to victory on what was then a Tarmac event, Rally Poland’s ERC links date back to 1960 when German pair Walter Schock-Moll and Rolf Moll triumphed in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE.


3: Mikołajki in the picturesque Masurian lake district has been Rally Poland’s base since 2005, which marked the event’s switch from asphalt to gravel stages.


4: A three-hour drive north of Warsaw, Mikołajki is home to the gigantic Hotel Gołębiewski, which doubles as event HQ and has grounds large enough to accommodate the rally’s service park and superspecial stage, the Mikołajki Arena.


5: Pole Sobiesław Zasada, who became outright ERC champion in 1971 after taking two category titles in the 1960s, is the most successful driver in Rally Poland history with four wins.






How to follow?



On TV and online: Live coverage of selected stages on Facebook. Daily highlights on Eurosport, Eurosport Player. Videos on YouTube. ERC All Access on Eurosport on 2 July. Event highlights broadcast around the world.

Videos, news update and live timing: Available at FIAERC.com

ERC Radio: Live from the end of all stages and selected service park visits. Available at FIAERC.com or download the official ERC App

Social media: Follow the ERC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter






Marczyk is a man with a plan on ERC return



Miko Marczyk won’t just be trying to extend his lead at the top of the Polish championship standings when he contests the ERC-counting PZM 76th Rally Poland.The 23-year-old, who claimed his first national championship event win in a fine fifth overall on Rally Poland last September, is back in his ŠKODA Polska Motorsport Fabia R5 and ready to compare his pace with his rivals from the FIA European Rally Championship.



After the opening two rounds of the Polish championship, Marczyk is first ahead of fellow young promise Tomasz Kasperczyk and ready to chase more success on the high-speed gravel stages of the Masuria lake district in northern Poland. Click to view press release.




Seven teams battle for ERC Nations’ Cup story



Seven teams will battle for success in the ERC Nations’ Cup on PZM 76th Rally Poland. ACCR Czech Rally Team I, ACCR Czech Rally Team II, ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team, Estonian Autosport Junior Team, FPAK Portugal Team ERC, Rally Team Spain and Sweden National Team are all backed by their respective ASNs or automobile federations.






‘Homesick’ Kasperczyk in ERC return



Tomasz Kasperczyk can’t wait to contest PZM 76th Rally Poland – because he’s missing the FIA European Rally Championship.



Kasperczyk has been a regular in the ERC1 Junior category in recent seasons but is focusing his efforts on the Polish championship in 2019, in which he’s currently running in second place after winning the most recent round.



“To be honest, I miss the ERC,” said the 26-year-old. “On the other hand, I am focused on the Polish Rally Championship [this season] and it seems that this approach is paying off. We’ve had a pretty good start and only Miko Marczyk has scored more points, but we are working to change this situation.”




Head to head: Furuseth v Røkland



Following their exciting battle for second in class on Rally Liepāja, Norwegians Sindre Furuseth and Steve Røkland will continue their pursuit of success in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship on PZM 76th Rally Poland. Both are newcomers to the Mikołajki event, but with high-speed gravel stages very much their natural habitat, Furuseth and Røkland have what it takes to bid for the category win.





Form guide: Vaidotas Žala



After showing pace in abundance on his ERC debut in Latvia, Lithuanian high-flyer Vaidotas Žala makes his first Rally Poland start on top form after winning the most recent round of his national championship. Žala scored seven top-six stage times on Rally Liepāja and would have challenged for a top-five finish had it not been for a time-consuming puncture on the third stage of the high-speed gravel event.






Don’t miss! Huttunen aiming high on ERC Rally Poland



Jari Huttunen is returning to the FIA European Rally Championship in Poland to chase the win that got away from him last season. Runner-up in the ERC3 Junior rankings in 2017, Huttunen will drive in a 2Brally-prepared Hyundai i20 R5 under the Hyundai Motorsport N banner on PZM 76th Rally Poland.



The 25-year-old came within 8.3s of claiming victory on the high-speed gravel event last September after a time penalty in the closing stages and a final-stage puncture – the result of his charging recovery drive – restricted him to second place behind Nikolay Gryazin. Click to view press release.







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