Cross-Nation – Title fights scorching up in Poland

Baja Poland – Spherical 7 of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Nation Bajas and the third spherical of the European Cup

Wysoka Grzęda Baja Poland (August 26-29), which is held within the Szczecin, Drawsko Pomorskie and Dobra municipalities, hosts the seventh spherical of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Nation Bajas and the third spherical of this yr’s European Cup. The thirteenth Baja Poland will likely be as difficult as ever, with lengthy army vary sections on Saturday blended with shorter dash levels nearer to town of Szczecin on Sunday’s concluding day of competitors.

With solely three occasions remaining on the calendar, competitors is intensifying and Baja Poland has attracted most of the major title contenders throughout the classes. Yasir Seaidan and Alexey Kuzmich proceed to go the FIA World Cup standings with nothing however podium finishes all through the season. They are going to be gunning for an additional high end result within the MINI John Cooper Works Rally because the Saudi Arabian/Russian crew eye a maiden world title. Yazeed Al Rajhi and Michael Orr are nevertheless chasing laborious and have closed the deficit to their rivals to 23 factors with podium placings on their final two outings. Having narrowly misplaced out on victory on the final spherical in Hungary, when the end result was determined by a tie-breaker, the Toyota Hilux Overdrive crew will likely be eager to bag most factors in Poland to capitalise on momentum.

Poles Krzysztof Hołowczyc and Łukasz Kurzeja make their third consecutive World Cup outing of the season and the duo are again in motion within the MINI after taking the Hungarian tie-breaking win from Al Rajhi. Nobody has extra victories than the native favorite, Hołowczyc with six wins on dwelling soil to his identify. They accomplice team-mates Michał and Julita Małuszyński, who completed second general final yr, in a 3rd X-Raid run John Cooper Works Rally.

Miroslav Zapletal and Marek Sykora are at the moment fourth within the FIA World Cup standings after ending simply outdoors the highest three in Hungary. Zapletal has been on the rostrum in Poland no fewer than thrice in varied completely different autos. Benediktas Vanagas and Filipe Palmeiro will likely be competing in one other Hilux with the Russian crew of Denis Krotov and Konstantin Zhiltsov making a welcome return in a John Cooper Works Buggy. 

Dania Akeel will likely be competing in Europe for under the second time, the Saudi Arabian amassing extra expertise in T3. She at the moment leads the class with two wins and a second place, and will likely be co-driven by Frenchman Stéphane Duple in an RM Sport Mamba. Spaniard Jesus Fuster is second within the T3 World Cup standings, however narrowly leads the European classification after claiming victory in Hungary. Competitors within the class will likely be powerful, nevertheless, with common front-runners Santiago Navarro and Kees Koolen additionally on the provisional entry checklist.

T4 will likely be equally hard-fought with the highest 4 contenders for the World title going face to face. Mshari Al-Thefiri at the moment tops the standings, the Kuwaiti with a 17-point benefit over Saleh Abdullah Al-Saif. Frenchman Claude Fournier is an extra two factors adrift with Alexandre Re in fourth, the Portuguese claiming victory on the earlier two rounds. His two wins put him on the head of the FIA European Cup standings.

RALLY DATA

Whole distance   

784.83km

Selective part distance:

429.27 km

Variety of selective sections:

7

 

LEADING ENTRIES

Yasir Seaidan/Alexey Kuzmich

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Yazeed Al Rajhi/Michael Orr

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Krzysztof Hołowczyc/Łukasz Kurzeja

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Michal Małuszyński/Julita Małuszyński

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Miroslav Zapletal/Marek Sykora

Ford F150 Evo

Benediktas Vanagas/Filipe Palmeiro

Toyota Hilux

Denis Krotov/Konstantin Zhiltsov

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

Pedro Dias da Silva/Jose Sa Pires

Ford Ranger EXR Proto

Markus Walcher/Stephan Stensky

Nissan Navara VK56

Włodzimierz Grajek/Szymon Marciniak

BMW X5

 

BAJA POLAND – TIMETABLE & MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

Thursday/Friday August 26/27

 

Scrutineering

 

 

Friday August 27

 

Shakedown

10:00-15:00 hrs

Pre-event press convention

15:00 hrs

Qualifying Stage (7.33 km)

17:00 hrs

Collection of begin positions

20:00 hrs

 

Saturday August 28 – Leg 1/Part 2

 

Begin of SS2 (184.05 km)

08:30 hrs

Distant service/regroup

11:20 hrs

Begin of SS3 (184.05 km)

14:00 hrs

First automobile arrives remaining service

16:50 hrs

 

Sunday August 29 – Leg 2/Part 4

 

Begin of SS4 (9.59 km)

08:50 hrs

Begin of SS5 (17.33 km)

09:20 hrs

Service/regroup

10:15 hrs

Begin of SS6 (9.659km)

12:10 hrs

Begin of SS7 (17.33 km)

12:40 hrs

First automobile arrives regroup/Parc Fermé

13:35 hrs

Podium and Prize-giving Ceremony

14:30 hrs

Submit occasion press convention, podium

14:30 hrs

 

FIA World Cup for Cross-Nation Bajas – Classifications:
https://www.fia.com/occasions/world-cup-cross-country-bajas/season-2021/classifications

FIA European Cup for Cross-Nation Bajas – Classifications:
https://www.fia.com/occasions/fia-european-cup-cross-country-bajas/season-2021/classifications

 

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