Title protagonists and local aces are the stars of the Polish entry

Friday | June 03, 2022

A full 52 crews from the FIA ​​European Rally Championship (ERC) will compete at the Orlen 78th Rally Poland next week (11-12 June).

The entry list for the fourth round of the championship was released yesterday (Thursday) and includes 22 registered crews in Rally2 cars and a strong line-up of ERC Open and ERC3 challengers.

An impressive 21 Rally4 specification cars are also listed, 16 of which will compete for the Junior ERC Championship honours.

Leader Efrén Llarena tops the list. He will be supported in the MRF Tires Škoda team by Simone Campedelli and Norbert Herczig as well as newcomer Javier Pardo. Mārtiņš Sesks will also drive for Team MRF, but with a Fabia Rally2 kit at the ERC Open.

Solans will be pushing for three wins from three starts

The winner of the Rally Islas Canarias, Nil Solans, has also secured a place in his tried-and-tested Volkswagen Polo. The Spaniard is second overall despite missing the second round due to financial problems.

Last year’s ERC podium finisher Miko Marczyk is returning to the Championship for his home round and will definitely be kept in mind. The Fabia man contests the WRC Rally Italia Sardegna this week and has shown impressive pace on the world stage this year.

Championship regulars Simone Tempestini and Alberto Battistolli have both competed in Škoda cars, while former FIA Junior WRC Champion Tom Kristensson will debut a Hyundai i20 R5. Czech driver Filip Mares will drive a Fabia for the first time since his Barum podium in 2021.

Kotarba is one of several local drivers

Local drivers are also well represented. These include Grzegorz Grzyb (Škoda), Lukasz Kotarba (Citroën C3 Rally2) and Maciej Lubiak (Škoda).

The three-day event will take place in Mikołajki, from where the participants will tackle 14 special stages with a length of almost 190 km.

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