Ka­je­tanow­icz has learned tyre lessons

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Ka­je­tan Ka­je­tanow­icz be­lieves his Cir­cuit of Ire­land chal­lenge will be aided from set-up lessons that cost him a win last time out in Spain.

Ka­je­tanow­icz lost the lead and the chance to get the de­fence of his Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship ti­tle off to a win­ning start af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­ces­sive tyre wear on the fi­nal day around the Ca­nary Is­lands event.

He has since blamed in­cor­rect tyre pres­sures and wrong cam­ber set­tings for the set­back and says the same mis­take can­not hap­pen again.

“Gran Ca­naria was a great les­son of han­dling and manag­ing the tyres,” he said. “We have learned a lot about them, both as a crew and as a team, and we in­tend to use this ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing our time at the Cir­cuit of Ire­land Rally [round two of the ERC].”

The Pole trails Alexey Lukyanuk – who has won the last two ERC events – but the Rus­sian feels a vic­tory chal­lenge will be un­likely.

“For me it is im­por­tant that I re­main re­al­is­tic so early in he sea­son,” ex­plained Lukyanuk, who has no events con­firmed af­ter the Cir­cuit. “It’s a spe­cial event; it was my first proper Tar­mac rally. I am very happy with the progress that I have made since then, but I still don’t have the right feel­ing, the style or the con­fi­dence that’s needed to chal­lenge for vic­tory in such con­di­tions.”

Tyre les­son learned

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