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Mon 12 Jun 2023

Kajto urges team to “do more” after Italy frustrations

Kajetan Kajetanowicz has urged his team to “do more” after the Polish driver faced a raft of technical setbacks at Rally Italia Sardegna earlier this month.

The ORLEN-backed driver debuted a Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 at the FIA World Rally Championship’s sixth round, netting an impressive third-place finish in WRC2 whilst also clinching the WRC2 Challenger category honours.

But Kajetanowicz was also slowed by a series of minor technical niggles, including a pop-off valve issue on the final day. Venting his frustrations after the rally, he urged his team to improve ahead of next week’s Safari Rally Kenya (22 - 25 June).  

“Of course, I am really happy with the result,” he said, “but at the same time we need to do more. I need to speak with my team because, of course I love them, and we did a good job, but sometimes our concentration has gone.

“There are lots of small things that we can improve. [We had] many technical problems, but this is how it is. If we are talking about stage times, so we are happy, yes, I am sure we can improve not [just] our pace, because I’m not so happy with my driving style and with my feeling with the car, but also teamwork.”

Kajetanowicz won the WRC2 category last year in Kenya, a feat he’ll be determined to repeat on his return to Africa next week. The Pole will revert back to a Fabia Rally2 Evo for the legendary gravel event.

“As I said, I love my team,” he continued. “They are working very hard, but we need to do more, we need to focus on our job as much as possible but sometimes it is difficult.

“Andreas [Mikkelsen] said [Italy] was a tough weekend and tiring. This is WRC, this is World Rally Championship, it’s always hard to be here for four days, all weekend, seven days let’s say. But we love this job [and] if we need to stay here, we need to work very hard.”