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LOTOS 71st Rally Poland

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LOTOS 71st Rally Poland
Start Date: 26.06.2014
End Date: 29.06.2014
Timezone: UTC 2
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Stages: 24 (362.48km)
Distance: 1671.34
Servicepark: Mikolajki
Website: www.rallypoland.pl

Route

  • Based in Mikolajki, several hours north of Warsaw, in Masurian lake district. 
  • Three Thursday afternoon stages, including one that runs into darkness.
  • Friday combines stages in Poland and Lithuania, with remote service in Lithuania at Druskininkai.
  • A morning test and two evening stages in Poland sandwich four Lithuanian tests.
  • Legs 2 and 3 based in Polish provinces of Warmia and Mazury, east and north-east of Mikolajki.
  • Mikolajki Arena will host four super special stages, two under floodlights, with two cars at a time on track.

Challenge

  • Drivers lack experience of the roads as Poland has not featured in WRC since 2009. 
  • All stages in Lithuania and three in Poland are totally new. The only test used in an identical format to 2009 is at the Mikolajki Arena. 
  • 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. 

What’s new for 2014

  • Everything!
  • Lithuania features on WRC itinerary for the first time – the 32nd different country to feature in the championship.
  • Poland and Lithuania have different time zones but the rally will use Polish time.

Don’t miss

  • Robert Kubica – a Pole competing on his home event will be HUGE!
  • We can’t remember too much about the rally itself from 2009 so…….
  • 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.

Review: Rally Poland 2014

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