WRC | 2015 World Rally Championship – Rally of Portugal Preview
Written and Images by – Michael Vettas
Rally Poland returned to the WRC calendar in 2009 after a 36 year hiatus then disappeared till 2014 when it made its grand return.
If you’ve never been to Poland the scenery is spectacular with hints of Australian New Zealand, Finland and Italian landscape all rolled into one and a breath-taking backdrop to what will be an exciting event.
Rally Poland is based around the lake side town of Mikolajki, the summer getaway for many Europeans.
The event is without doubt the fastest on the calendar with an average speed of 140kmh/85mph that incorporates sandy fast sections requiring drivers to exercise 110% commitment as they take on blind crests and corners.
Sebastian Ogier in 2014 for Volkswagen Motorsport took line honours by winning 50 percent of the stages to beat his VW teammate Andreas Mikkelsen followed by Thierry Neuville in third driving for major rivals, Hyundai Motorsport.
Rally Poland Preview
Day 1 starts close to the Belarus borders, just 10km east of rally headquarters with the first day comprising of seven stages and no midday service. This could heavily impact some teams especially if they have a major mechanical issue early in the day.
Day 2 teams will head south east to compete over seven brand new stages for the event that cover a race distance of 130Km/80Mi.
Day 3 will see competitors race over 30Km/19Mi which a mere 5km from the service park with just two passes of the first stage, one of which includes the final Power Stage.
After a successful Rally Sardinia campaign, all eyes will be on New Zealander Hayden Paddon. This event definitely favours his driving style on roads which he has liked to his own country. Stay tuned to MyDrive as we cover each day and wait to see who the WRC will crown as the next Rally Poland champion.
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