Krzysztof Hołowczyc and Lukasz Kurzeja are not slowing down in the new MINI John Cooper Works Rally. The eight-time winner of the most important and most prestigious field rally in Poland achieved the best result in the third special episode of Columna Medica Baja Poland 2023 and increased his leadership in the World Cup classification.
The Saturday stage of Columna Medica Baja Poland consisted of two passes of a special section on the Draw Polygon. The 160-kilometer stage was, as usual, a challenge for the participants, who consistently emphasized its differential characteristics and how easy it is to make a navigation error here, which can override the chances of a good result. Although the competition was held in sunny, rain-free weather, the route did not lack mud traps, deep pits, and treacherously slippery parties.
After three special runs, Hołowczyc and Kurzeja also lead in the classification of the Round Rally Championships of Poland, FIA CEZ and the Championships of the Czech Republic, played as part of this year's edition of Columna Medica Baja Poland. Second place after the second day of competition was occupied by Michał and Julita Małuszyńscy (MINI John Cooper Works Rally). This crew loses to the leading Hołowczyc and Kurzei by 8 minutes and 41 seconds. Małuszyńs very quickly found a great pace in their new car and they are probably aiming for a very good result in the competition. Mshari Althefiri and Oriol Vidal Montijano advanced to third place in the World Cup classification (Can-Am Maverick X3). This crew also leads the T3 group. Cristiano de Sousa Batista and Fausto Miguel de Almeida da Mota keep a great pace (BRP Can-Am Maverick XRS Turbo RR). The third crew of yesterday's prologue leads the competition in the T4 group and occupies sixth place in the classification of the general round of the World Cup.
Włodzimierz Grajek and Dominik Jazic after the first match at Draw Polygon were placed in third place in the classification of the FIA World Cup in the Baja Field Rally. After the second ride of the 160-kilometer axle, however, they fell to position number four.
In the T4 group, in the classification of the Polish championship, Artur Kordek leads, driven by Dominik Ragiel (Can-Am Maverick X3). In T2 headed by Piotr Borys and Michał Goleniewski (Mitsubishi Pajero). Piotr Boguta and Inez Kieliba (BMW X6) are the fastest crew in the TH group. The classification in the championships of the Czech Republic is identical.
In the Classic category, Michał Horodeński is in the lead, driven by Arkadiusz Salatinski in a Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ80.
Among the truck crews (T5) the fastest are Michal Valtr, Radim Kaplanek and Jaroslav Miskolci in the Iveco Powerstar Torpedo. The Czech-Slovak tercet also leads in group T5 in the FIA CEZ.
As part of the Polish Championship, motorcycle and quad riders also compete in Baja Poland. Among quads, Adam Krysiak leads (Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 S), while in the motos, the fastest is Marian Augustyn (KTM EXC-F 450), and Lukasz Pacud (Yamaha Raptor 700) is the best driver in the Q2 group, designed for quad one-axle drives.
In the Polish Cup in the Baja Rally, the highest-ranked quad in the Q4 group is Piotr Michalak (Polaris Scrambler 1000S). In the competition of motorcyclists, so far, Grzegorz Kolodziej is the best (KTM EXC 450).
The participants of the Polish Rally Cup of Field Cars also fight for points on the streets of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship. The S2 group is led by Michał Lipski driven by Roman Kiciński (Dacia Duster), while Emil Bożek and Aleksandra Żurek (Can-Am Maverick X3) are the fastest in the SSV group.
Among the non-licensed players in the SSV group, the highest place is occupied by Adam Goński and Wojciech Waleczak (Can-Am Maverick X3 XRS). In the Open category Bartosz Weyna with Piotrem Pazdykou (Suzuki Vitara), and in the Limited Jarosław and Lukasz Rostkowscy (Mitsubishi Pajero). In the Classic category, Tomasz Klocyk and Tomasz Jakubowski (Lada Niva) lead.
On Sunday, the competitors will have a double passage by the Gmina Dobra-Szczecin stage. The prize giving will take place at 14:00, at the Wałach Chrobrego in Szczecin.
Columna Medica Baja Poland 2023: Ranking of the FIA World Cup after OS 3:
1. Hołowczyc/Kurzeja (Mini John Cooper Works Rally) 3:32.02 s
2. Małuszyński/Małuszyńska (Mini John Cooper Works Rally) + 8:41.4 s
3. Al Thefiri/Montijano (Can-Am Maverick X3) +19:52.4 s
4. Grajek/Jazic (Toyota Hilux) +20:11.2 s
5. Sousa Leite/Ferreira Miranda (Can-Am Maverick X3) +31:36.9 s
6. De Sousa Batista/De Almedia Da Mota (BRP Can-Am Maverick XRS turbo RR) +33:23.0 s
7. Warnia/Minaudier (Polaris RZR Pro R Sport) +40:08.3 s
8. Suarez/Tsyro (BRP Can-Am Maverick XRS turbo RR) +47:31.2 s
9. Alvarez Castellano/Panseri (Can-Am Maverick X3) +55:15.2 s
10. Akeel/Perry (Can-Am Maverick X3) +57:12.9 s
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Source: Baja Poland