A record number of competitors entered this year’s fifth edition of the Baja Poland, the sixth round of the FIA World Cup For Cross-Country Rallies, round of CEZ, Czech and Polish Championship. The entry lists consist of the names of 64 crews from 14 countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovak Republic and Venezuela.
Krzysztof Holowczyc, last year’s winner of the rally will place number one on his car. He is currently occupying third place in the FIA World Cup standings. The Pole will be followed by Nunzio Coffaro, Miroslav Zapletal, Adam Malysz, Leonid Ogorodnikow, Jerome Pelichet, Federico Villagra, Wlodzimierz Grajek, Martin Kaczmarski and Pal Lonyai closing the first ten passing through the start ramp in the centre of city Szczecin, close to the monument of Venetian condottiere Bartolomeo Colleoni.
Holek – as he is called by his fans – is considered to be a favourite of the rally but other competitors are not going to give up fighting for the highest step of the podium. Holowczyc has also a chance to take the leading position in the FIA World Cup since losing now 10 points to Jean-Louis Schlesser (126 pts) and only 4 points to Nani Roma (120 pts). The Frenchman and the Spaniard will not start this year in Poland.
Several drivers aspire to the places on the podium and the surprise cannot be limited to Nunzio Coffaro, current Polish champion Adam Malysz or Federico Villagra. The Argentinian sometimes called “El Coyote” is current rally champion in his country and boasts of 54 starts in the FIA World Rally Championship rounds with two best four places in Argentina and Greece. The big load of experience and natural speed makes him also a top contender in the cross country rallies. He drives Mini All4 Racing supplied and serviced by German X-raid team.
Marek Dąbrowski and Jacek Czachor seem to be the crew of the exceptional interest of Polish fans. After years of success on motorcycles, FIM world championship titles and great rides in Dakar they moved this year to the car. First rallies they treated as a training but superb 4th place in the Silk Way Rally in Russia suggests that they entered Baja Poland not only for learning purpose.
Baja Poland 2013 route covers the distance of 768 kilometres of which 480kms are special stages. After inauguration of the event on Friday afternoon (30.08.2013) the Superspecial (11,42kms) with start and finish next to the Rally Park in Szczecin will be held. On Saturday (31.08.2013) two very demanding stages of 165kms each will be run on the military training area near Drawsko Pomorskie. Last day, on Sunday (01.09.2013) the competition moves to the municipality of Dobra for 2 stages of 69kms each before the ceremonial finish in the Rally Park in Szczecin at 14:30.
Please note that entry lists, itinerary, rally map and more info can be found on www.bajapoland.eu