A classic makes a comeback.
The WRC event in Poland is anything but uncharted territory on the world map of rallying, as it is one of the oldest rallying events there is, alongside Monte Carlo. As far back as in 1921, drivers engaged in competitions on unsurfaced tracks in Poland. But Poland has only played host to the ultimate rallying discipline on two occasions, namely as part of the 1973 World Rally Championship and as an official WRC event in 2009. Rally Poland is now returning to the WRC fold after an absence of four years, and will replace Rally Greece.
Date: 27 till 29 JUNE 2014
There’s a group of people who are often overlooked during a rally, and that’s the co-drivers. They are, of course, unjustly overlooked, because rallying is a team sport, and without a co-driver’s very quick instructions, it would be impossible for a driver to drive a WRC vehicle at high speed. After all, you’re sure to run into trouble if you’re driving at 160 km/h without any idea of whether you need to steer left or right after the next corner.
Miikka Anttila about Rally Poland.
What’s different about Rally Poland?
The Polish fans are fantastic and fanatical. They love the rally and want to get as close to it as possible. I think things will be even more extreme this year if Robert Kubica competes.
What do you have to pay particular attention to in Poland?
The special stages are very sandy. There is therefore still good grip the first time a stage is completed, but the second time around, there are deep car tracks that make the handling of the car very difficult. So the fastest driver in these car tracks tends to be the winner of Rally Poland.
What has been your finest moment in Poland?
That was Rally Poland in 2009 – until the final special stage. We were in second place behind Mikko Hirvonen and were about to secure a one-two finish for Ford.
And what about your worst moment in Poland?
The final special stage of the 2009 Rally Poland. We hit one of the crash barriers on one of the final bends of the super special stage and damaged the steering rod. Jari-Matti was then unable to steer, so we found ourselves out of the running just before the end. We did try to push the car over the finishing line, but we didn’t manage it, which was incredibly frustrating.