Kajetanowicz’s title defence begins
European Rally champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz begins his title defence at this week’s Canary Islands Rally.
The Spanish event forms the opening round of the series after Rally Liepaja was postponed due to a lack of snow last month. The Latvian event now runs in September.
Kajetanowicz will face opposition on the island from M-sport World Rally Team star Mads Ostberg, who starts an ERC event for the first time in a Ford Fiesta R5. But for the rest of the year it will be the likes of fellow Fiesta driver Alexey Lukyanuk and David Botka (DS 3 R5) who will pose the greatest threat to the Pole’s back-to-back title aspirations.
The Junior ERC race – which will include Britain’s Chris
Pole to defend championship
Ingram driving an Opel Adam – starts with the Circuit of Ireland in April and runs on five more rounds: Azores, Ypres, Estonia, Zlin and Liepaja.
The Canary Islands Rally – back after a two-year absence – includes some of the most challenging mountainous stages in Europe. After a qualifying stage on Thursday, the crews face 13 tests and 133 competitive miles on Friday and Saturday.