Kajto Kajetanowicz’s return to the lead of the European Rally Championship is a dream come true, according to the Polish star.Second place on last week’s Estonia Rally was enough for the Ford Fiesta R5 driver to move into a five-point advantage from Craig Breen, who retired his Peugeot from the penultimate test. Kajetanowicz’s dream really was Breen’s nightmare in Estonia.
Despite missing out on a second ERC win of the season by just 12 seconds (Alexey Lukyanuk won in a Mitsubishi) a jubilant Kajto said: “It is difficult to describe with words our happiness, our satisfaction. I had been dreaming of a podium finish before our first outing in Estonia.
“It is just incredible, we were able to win special stages against all Estonian and European frontrunners. You have to risk a lot on these stages. Our risk paid off. We are leading in the overall standings of FIA European Rally Championship. We can sleep peacefully over the next few days and then work even harder – we still have a lot to do in the European Rally Championship.”
Breen looked well set to maintain his ERC lead with third place until the oil pump failed on his 208 T16 with one stage remaining.
“Obviously it’s hugely disappointing,” he said. “It’s a bit of a nightmare, but we’ll bounce back. We won three on the trot at the start of the season and we can do the same at the end.”
The next event is Barum Czech Rally Zlin (August 28-30), where Breen’s participation is confirmed but Kejetanowicz’s is not.
Story by: Maxrally