Youngsters show the pace in qualifying

(28.06.2019) 27-year old Czech Filip Mares (Skoda Fabia R5), 23-year old Pole Mikolaj Marczyk (Skoda Fabia R5) and 25-year old Finn Jari Huttunen (Hyundai i20 R5) took first, third and fourth place respectively during qualifying stage before PZM 76. Rally Poland. Reigning European champion Aleksey Lukyanuk (Citroen C3 R5) was 0,276 s slower than Mares and finished in second position.

Both shakedown and qualifying stage were held on 3,26-kilometre long route in Talty locality. It was Huttunen and Lukka (Hyundai i20 R5), who were fastest in the first run of free practice. Finnish driver, who finished last year’s Rally Poland in second position, covered the stage in 1:52,145 s. During second pass Lukyanuk scored the best result, edging Huttunen by 0,108 seconds. First run was unlucky for Russian driver, after he got a puncture.

Third run of Talty stage was held as a qualifying stage. Winner Mares earned the right to be first to select their road order position this afternoon. Czech youngster took his first ever Qualifying Stage victory in his only 5th FIA ERC outing behind the wheel of R5 car.

Marczyk and Gospodarczyk were not the only one Polish crew in qualifying stage top ten. Third in RSMP standings Marcin Slobodzian and Kamil Kozdron (Ford Fiesta R5) took 8th position, while Aron Domzala (Skoda Fabia R5), co-driven by three-time European champion Jarek Baran, managed to finish 9th.

Mares will be the first driver to choose during road order selection which will be held at 3:15 PM at Mikolajki City Square. Top 15 drivers choose their starting positions, which is vital during high-speed gravel event like Rally Poland. The drivers, who clocked the best times during on qualifying stage get the privilege to select their positions first.

In ERC 3 Junior category it was Steve Rokland (Peugeot 208 R2), who covered the qualifying stage in shortest time. Norwegian competitor, co-driven by Marius Fuglerud, finished ahead of Miika Hokkanen (Peugeot 208 R2) and Efren Llarena (Peugeot 208 R2).

PZM 76th Rally Poland – qualifying stage results:

1. Filip Mares/Jan Hlousek (CZE/CZE, Skoda Fabia R5) 1:49,217 s
2. Aleksey Lukyanuk/Aleksey Arnautov (RUS/RUS, Citroen C3 R5) +0,276 s
3. Mikołaj Marczyk/Szymon Gospodarczyk (POL/POL, Skoda Fabia R5) +0,519 s
4. Jari Huttunen/Mikko Lukka (FIN/FIN, Hyundai i20 R5) +0,635 s
5. Mattias Adielsson/Andreas Johansson (SWE/SWE, Citroen C3 R5) +0,638 s
6. Norbert Herczig/Ferencz Ramon (HUN/HUN, Volkswagen Polo GTi R5) +0,981 s
7. Chris Ingram/Ross Whittock (GBR/GBR, Skoda Fabia R5) +1,062 s
8. Marcin Slobodzian/Kamil Kozdro (POL/POL, Ford Fiesta R5) +1,337 s
9. Aron Domzala/Jarek Baran (POL/POL, Skoda Fabia R5) +1,554 s
10. Hiroki Arai/Ilka Minor (JPN/AUT, Citroen C3 R5) +1,567 s








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