Huttunen’s attack, Griazin’s answer

Rally Poland

(23.09.2018) According to FIA ERC rules leg one’s top 10 runners are reversed for Sunday’s stages. However, the first loop of PZM 75th Rally Poland did not bring any significant changes to rally classification. In the top of the rally leaderboard Nikolay Gryazin and Jari Huttunen were still locked in a tight lead battle. After 12 stages just 13 seconds separate these two drivers. Third placed Chris Ingram broke away from the clutches of ERC Junior U28 title rival Fabian Kreim, the Toksport WRT driver gaining 13,3 s across the morning loop.

The best placed Pole Mikolaj Marczyk managed to increase his lead over his compatriot Grzegorz Grzyb to nearly 19 seconds. Among top ten drivers only two of them are not using Skoda Fabia R5. Only Jari Huttunen (2nd place, Hyundai i20 R5) and Tomasz Kasperczyk (9th place, Ford Fiesta R5) are not driving Czech-build rally cars.

ERC Junior Under 27 graduate Jari Huttunen won Pozezdrze – the opening stage of leg two – by 2,7 s to reduce his deficit from Gryazin to 8,3 s. - It's difficult, I expected Jari would be faster, it wasn't clean run for me. Not easy – said Griazin after SS 10. Russian driver responded thereafter, winning the remaining two stages of the morning loop to increase his lead from to 13 seconds. Chris Ingram managed to get away from his FIA ERC Junior U28 rival Fabian Kreim. Young Briton is now 15 seconds ahead of German champion, while after first leg only 1,7 seconds separated these two competitors. Ingram even gained time on Baranowo, despite having to open and close his door while driving to stop dust entering his Skoda Fabia R5. 

Miko Marczyk was another driver who managed to make his position more comfortable. Skoda Polska Motorsport driver was the fastest Pole on nearly 20-kilometre long Goldap stage. This result let him to increase his lead over Grzegorz Grzyb.

2016 Polish rally champion probably focuses more on keeping Lukasz Habaj behind, because second place among RSMP competitors gives Grzyb another national title, no matter what results other drivers will achieve. In theory both Miko Marczyk and Jakub Brzezinski could stop Grzyb’s championship hunt, but after retiring yesterday Brzezinski can only fight for Power Stage points. There will be no rally finish for Lukasz Byskiniewicz and Maciej Wislawski. This duo went off the road and was unable to continue the rally. Newly crowned Open N group champion Marcin Slobodzian is a lonely leader of this category, while Tomasz Zbroja in his Citroen DS3 R3 tops 2WD category classification.

In FIA ERC Junior U27 category it was extremely unlucky day for championship leader Martins Sesks, who crashed out for the second time in as many days. Swede Tom Kristensson keeps leading, ahead of his Spanish rival Efrén Llarena. Third place belongs to Miika Hokkanen.

PZM 75th Rally Poland – special stage winners (in FIA ERC classification)

SS 1 – Mikołajki Arena (2,5 km): Lukyanuk/Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
SS 2 – Paprotki (15,22 km): Griazin/Fedorov (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS 3 – Świętajno (19,6 km): Griazin/Fedorov (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS 4 – Stare Juchy (13,31 km): Griazin/Fedorov (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS 5 – Mikolajki Max (9,13 km) - ex aequo: Griazin/Fedorov (Skoda Fabia R5) and Huttunen/Linnaketto (Hyundai i20 R5)
SS 6 – Paprotki (15,22 km): Griazin/Fedorov (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS 7 – Świętajno (19,6 km): Griazin/Fedorov (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS 8 – Stare Juchy (13,31 km): Huttunen/Linnaketto (Hyundai i20 R5)
SS 9 – Mikolajki Max (9,13 km): Huttunen/Linnaketto (Hyundai i20 R5)
SS 10 – Pozedrze (13,24 km): Huttunen/Linnaketto (Hyundai i20 R5)
SS 11 – Gołdap (19,9 km): Griazin/Fedorov (Skoda Fabia R5)
SS 12 – Baranowo (15,6 km): Griazin/Fedorov (Skoda Fabia R5)

PZM 75th Rally Poland – overall classification after SS 12:

1. Griazin/Fedorow (RUS/RUS, Skoda Fabia R5) 01:27:51,7 s.
2. Huttunen/Linnaketo (FIN/FIN, Hyundai i20 R) +13 s.
3. Ingram/Whittock (GBR/GBR, Skoda Fabia R5) +2:03,3 s.
4. Kreim/Christian (DEU/DEU, Skoda Fabia R5) +2:18,3 s.
5. Marczyk/Gospodarczyk (POL/POL, Skoda Fabia R5) +2:51,2 s.
6. Grzyb/Wróbel (POL/POL, Skoda Fabia R5) +3:09,9 s.
7. Habaj/Dymurski (POL/POL, Skoda Fabia R5) +3:10,1 s.
8. Mares/Hlousek (CZE/CZE, Skoda Fabia R5) +4:32,8 s.
9. Kasperczyk/Syty (POL/POL, Ford Fiesta R5) +4:38,1 s.
10. Herczig/Ferencz (HUN/HUN, Skoda Fabia R5) +4:53,5 s.











PZM 75. Rajd Polski / PZM 75th Rally Poland

PZM 75th Rally Poland

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