He did just what he had promised: Kajetan Kajetanowicz picked up the pace during today’s first loop of Swiss FIA ERC counter. LOTOS Rally Team crew set top three times on all four special stages. Very quick pace of Polish duo resulted in three runner-up spots on mountain stages in the foothill of the Alps and third fastest time on "city" stage in Sion. Excellent performance of Kajetanowicz and Baran enabled them to gain five places and move into fantastic second position in overall standings. Only Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm resisted their charge and lead the rally with advantage of slightly more than 14 seconds over Kajetan and Jarek.
This morning greeted the crews competing in Rallye du Valais with cold conditions and ice on windows of cars awaiting the start in parc ferme. Kajetanowicz and Baran did not need time to warm up: they started to climb up the leaderboard on opening stage Sierre-Annivers (14.22 km). On this truly mountain stage with altitude difference of 743 metres Kajto and Jarek went second quickest, right behind Craig Breen (+3.6 seconds), leaving behind Sepp Wiegand, Esapekka Lappi and experienced eight-time Rallye du Valais winner Olivier Burri.
On the next stage – Veysonnaz (13.62 km) – Kajetanowicz and Baran shone again and brilliant drive earned them another second place. Polish crew again defeated Lappi, Wiegand and Burri on the road which climbed to altitude of 1663 metres above sea level – higher than the highest peak in Polish Karkonosze mountains – loosing out only to Breen. Third stage – 12.08 km Nendaz test – confirmed the excellent performance and consistent pace of Kajetanowicz and Baran. Polish crew, driving Ford Fiesta R5 with national white and red colours on roof, again recorded second fastest time and moved into second position in overall standings of Rallye du Valais.
On today’s shortest street test, Caserne, Kajto and Jarek scored another stage podium, for the fourth time in a row and fifth in this rally. After setting third fastest time on 6.18-km stage they remain within striking distance of overall rally leaders Lappi and Ferm.
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