Ka­je­tanow­icz heads home to ex­tend Euro­pean lead

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Ka­jto Ka­je­tanow­icz will aim to put him­self fur­ther out of reach in the pur­suit of back-to-back Euro­pean ti­tles when he starts his home event, Rally Rzes­zow, this week.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion is 37 points ahead of his near­est chal­lenger Alexey Lukyanuk, but has the chance to dou­ble that gap with his Rus­sian ri­val sit­ting out the Pol­ish event.

Ford Fi­esta R5 driver Ka­je­tanow­icz’s main ri­val will be Bryan Bouffier, a four-time win­ner in Rzes­zow, who drives a DS3 R5. But the Pole can af­ford to let the French­man chase the win – he’s no threat to his ERC ti­tle chase.

Two-time Rzes­zow win­ner Ka­je­tanow­icz said: “Rally Rzes­zow brings me noth­ing but pos­i­tive mem­o­ries. I am think­ing about the cham­pi­onship at the same time, I will drive this rally with all my heart and I am sure that my team have the same plan.”

The event starts from Rzes­zow to­mor­row (Thurs­day) and fin­ishes on Satur­day af­ter a to­tal of 132 com­pet­i­tive as­phalt miles. The ERC’S first re­turn to Poland since 2013 doesn’t in­clude the Ju­nior ERC series, which is back for the Barum Rally at the end of the month.

Ka­je­tanow­icz (r) bat­tles Lukyanuk (l)

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