Kuba Przygoński dominates Italian Baja to increase World Cup lead

Przygoński dominates Italian Baja to increase World Cup lead

Kuba Przygoński dominates Italian Baja to increase World Cup lead

Kuba Przygoński is in pole position in the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup  © Kin Marcin/Red Bull Content Pool

Tuesday, June 26
Pordenone, Italy

Kuba Przygoński’s impressive offroad season continues to go from strength to strength following victory at the 25th anniversary edition of the Italian Baja. The Polish rally-raid racer and his Belgian co-driver Tom Colsoul dominated the sixth stop of the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup from start to finish.

Przygoński had his Mini purring all weekend as he got the better of what can be a cruel and unforgiving track in the Pordenone province of northeast Italy. Like 13-time Dakar Rally winner Stéphane Peterhansel, Przygoński has switched to four wheels after a distinguished two-wheel rally-raid career. It was this intuitive experience of the conditions that helped the Polish driver get the better of his rivals and repeat last year’s Italian Baja win.

Przygoński took the chequered flag to finish with an advantage of just under four minutes from World Cup rival Martin Prokop of the Czech Republic. Vladimir Vasilyev of Russia picked up a useful fourth overall to maintain his own World Cup title ambitions. However, the clear leaders with five races remaining this season are Przygoński and Colsoul with 216 championship points. Prokop now sits on 158 points and has leapfrogged Vasilyev who has three points less.

“Tom and me were working well together in the car and we really enjoyed the race. On every stage we were trying to go faster and faster, this is my favourite way to race.” – Kuba Przygoński

The FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup has always been a great proving ground for crews with ambitions of tasting victory at the Dakar. Previous winners of both titles include Ari Vatanen, Nasser Al-Attiyah and reigning Dakar champion Carlos Sainz. Przygoński was only four places behind Sainz at the last Dakar – a World Cup win will have the Pole believing that the biggest prize in rally-raid racing is just around the corner.

FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup standings after 6 races of 11
Kuba Przygoński   (POL)   216 points
Martin Prokop   (CZE)  158
Vladimir Vasilyev  (RUS)  155

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Kuba Przygonski

Kuba Przygonski © Kin Marcin/Red Bull Content Pool

Kuba Przygonski

Kuba Przygonski © Eric Vargiolu/DPPI/Red Bull Content Pool

Tom Colsoul & Kuba Przygonski

Tom Colsoul & Kuba Przygonski © Kin Marcin/Red Bull Content Pool

Quotes

Kuba Przygoński: “The plan was to win this race like last year and we did it. It feels so good to win this 25th edition of the Italian Baja. Tom and me were working well together in the car and we really enjoyed the race. On every stage we were trying to go faster and faster, this is my favourite way to race.

“We were fighting with Martin Prokop until the end because the gap between us was not so big. It was a nice, fair fight between us until the end. The World Cup classification is looking good for us after this race because we’ve been able to gain more points than our rivals. The situation is beginning to feel a bit safer for us now.”

Media Info

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Hitch a ride with five-time Dakar Rally winner Cyril Despres at the Baja 500 here.

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