Monday | 11 Apr 2022

Marczyk realistic on WRC2 expectations

FIA World Rally Championship debutant Miko Marczyk is keeping realistic hopes for his first season in the ultra-competitive WRC2 category.

Last month Marczyk revealed his plans for a six-round assault on the World Rally Championship's premier support category. His campaign begins at the Croatia Rally (21 - 24 April) and also features stops in Portugal, Italy, Estonia, Finland and Spain.

The Skoda Fabia driver has plenty of pace and showed his potential by taking third overall in last year’s FIA European Rally Championship. Despite that, he’s keeping a firm hold on his expectations for 2022. 

“Last year, I think my progress as a driver was quite good,” said the Pole. “Together with my partners and my team we decided that it’s a good idea to go for the stages of the World Rally Championship. 

“My hopes are that it’s possible for us to be quite good in WRC2, just like we were in the ERC, but I think the most important thing for me is to finish all the events and to get to know the stages. 

“If we finish every rally then maybe we can also get some good points in the WRC2 Junior category, which we will also compete in.”

Marczyk is the latest of several drivers to have used the ERC as a stepping stone to WRC2. Briton Chris Ingram did similar earlier this year, while Kajetan Kajetanowicz is also entered for Croatia. Both are former European champions. 

Longer itineraries plus a switch from Michelin to Pirelli rubber are among the challenges Marczyk will face.

“For sure, there will be so many things for us [to learn],” he continued. “We will be using Pirelli tyres and there are longer loops, longer days and two more days in total [than ERC rallies].

“It’s going to be very, very demanding and I need to go into the first rally in Croatia and understand the strategy and our possibilities. I hope that the experience which we took in ERC will work well in WRC.”

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