ORLEN 74th Rally Poland

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ORLEN 74th Rally Poland
Start Date: 29.06.2017
End Date: 02.07.2017
Timezone: UTC 2
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Stages: 23 (326,64 km)
Distance: 1.422,63 km
Servicepark: MIKOLAJKI
Website: http://www.rajdpolski.pl

Route

  • Super-quick sandy roads dart among the picturesque countryside of the Masurian Lake District holiday region in northern Poland.
  • Based in Mikolajki, several hours north of Warsaw, which hosts the start, finish and a super special stage next to the service park that is run three times.
  • After Thursday evening’s curtain-raiser in Mikolajki, Friday is unchanged from last year. It features two loops of four tests to the north-east, before a repeat of the super special stage duels - a total of 116.16km.
  • Saturday heads north towards the border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad for four stages that are driven twice, before a last pass over the Mikolajki super special.
  • Four final tests will be held on Sunday, including the new Paprotki Power Stage. 

Challenge

  • Very fast roads will see speeds approach those of Rally Finland. 
  • Tall grass lines many sections, limiting visibility on the approach to corners. 
  • Grass also hides rocks so cutting corners is a risky pastime.

Car spec

  • Gravel suspension.
  • Soft compound tyres are the primary option, but hard rubber will also be available.

History

  • First established in 1921, Rally Poland is one of the world’s oldest rallies.
  • It was included in the inaugural WRC season in 1973 when there were only three classified finishers. Four other crews completed the route but were excluded for being out of time.
  • It left the calendar and became an asphalt event in the European Championship.
  • It returned to WRC in 2009 when Mikko Hirvonen won, after which it was again removed. 
  • It returned to the championship for a second time in 2014.

What’s new for 2017 

  • Almost a third of the route has not featured in the last three editions. 
  • Two brand new stages – Saturday’s 23.80km Pozezdrze and the 10.50km Orzysz, both of which are driven twice. 
  • A Saturday lunchtime service in Mikolajki after morning stages north of the town. 
  • Paprotki Power Stage will replace Sady as the bonus points decider on Sunday.

Don’t miss

  • Mikolajki’s super special stage which includes spectacular head-to-head duels on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. It is within walking distance of the service park so make sure you combine a visit to both.
  • If you are going to watch, then stay on for a few days to enjoy the lakeland area of Masuria. The area is a prime tourist destination famous for its lakes and forests and offering activities such as sailing, kayaking, swimming, angling, walking and cycling.

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