The Polish driver made good progress through the opening day of his 2021 debut and was just 8.4sec behind leader Yohan Rossel when the Frenchman rolled his Citroën C3 Rally2.
That accident left Kajetanowicz nursing a half-minute lead. His only drama for the remainder of the rally was his strategy for the Wolf Power Stage, where he took bonus points for third fastest.
It’s that final stage pace which gave cause for concern for the Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo driver.
He said: “We need to do much more because we see in the last stage the gap was really, really big. But, OK, I didn’t push at 150 per cent, but I know I need to be much quicker if I want to fight for the victory in the World Rally Championship in my category at the end of the season.”
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Talking more specifically about Croatia’s Power Stage, Kajetanowicz admitted his final-stage Rally Estonia roll, which cost him second in WRC3 last year, was uppermost in his mind.
“The plan,” he said, “was to win in our category, but at the same time I was thinking about the last stage in Estonia. It’s always hard to do it. For me the Power Stage is like a bigger pressure than before the start of the rally.
“It’s good for spectators, but, for us, it’s very demanding and difficult. You need to keep the pressure from the start to the end but we have three points and it’s not too bad.”
Kajetanowicz returns to WRC3 action at next month’s Vodafone Rally de Portugal (20 - 23 May).