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OVERDRIVE RACING’S MALYSZ AND DABROWSKI FINISH SECOND AND FOURTH IN BAJA POLAND

Categoria: Todo o terreno internacional
Publicado em 31 agosto 2014

Qatar’s Al-Attiyah suffers suspension damage and is forced out of running

Dutchman Ten Brinke and co-driver Colsoul retire on Toyota debut in SS4Polish enduro champion Blażusiak rolls out of Polish contention on third stage

 
The five-car Overdrive Racing team endured mixed fortunes at Baja Poland, round eight of the 2014 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, which finished in Szczecin Bezrzecze on Sunday.
 
The Team Orlen duo of Adam Malysz and Rafal Marton led the way over the finish ramp with a solid second position in the first of the five Belgian-run Toyota Hiluxes behind Polish event winner Krzysztof Holowczyc.
Marek Dabrowski and Jacek Czachor were classified fourth in the second Team Orlen car. Dutchman Bernhard Ten Brinke and Belgian co-driver Tom Colsoul made a solid start to their pre-Dakar preparations and held fifth place before retiring after leaving the track on the fourth stage.
There was disappointment for Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and his French co-driver Matthieu Baumel. They led after the Prologue before collecting a puncture and then damaging the Toyota’s suspension on the second run through the Poligon Drawski stage. The retirement was a set back to Al-Attiyah’s chances of winning the FIA World Cup for the second time.
Renowned Polish enduro rider Tadeusz ‘Taddy’ Blażusiak was running well inside the top 10 on his car debut, but he and French navigator Edouard Boulanger were forced out of the reckoning on the same stage after rolling their Toyota.

“This was a good result for Adam with a podium and for Marek, but a disappointing one for Nasser, Bernhard and Taddy,” said Overdrive Racing’s team director Jean-Marc Fortin, who runs the Toyota Hilux programme in Europe in collaboration with Hallspeed of South Africa. “That is rallying. The weather conditions made the stage surfaces slippery and very difficult.”

The competitive action got underway with an eight-kilometre Prologue stage and Al-Attiyah drew first blood for the Overdrive Racing team by setting the fastest time of 6min 42.6sec to move into a comfortable 17-second lead. Dabrowski and Malysz were fourth and fifth, Ten Brinke was eighth on his Toyota debut and Blazusiak crossed the line in 10th, despite the wet conditions.

“The stage was a good warm up for the longer ones,” said Al-Attiyah. “There were lots of deep ruts, so I tried to be cautious, especially in the corners.”

The first of two runs through the 192km Poligon Drawski selective section was on the agenda on Saturday morning and Holowczyc recorded the fastest time and moved 1min 40sec in front of Al-Attiyah in the overall rankings after the Qatari was forced to stop and change a puncture. Malysz and Dabrowski climbed to third and fourth overall. The sixth quickest time pushed Ten Brinke into a similar position in the general classification and Blazusiak was an impressive eighth on his debut in a car.
Holowczyc was quickest on the re-run of the stage and headed into the overnight halt with a lead of 4min 48.9sec over Malysz after Al-Attiyah had damaged his Toyota’s suspension and retired. Dabrowski and Ten Brinke finished the day in fourth and fifth overall, but Blazusiak rolled his Hilux out of contention.

“It was incredibly tough out there,” admitted Malysz. “We had a front diff failure and had to drive for 10km with just two-wheel drive.”

Action continued on Sunday with two planned runs through the 65km Dobra selective section and Holowczyc closed in on victory by setting the second fastest time, despite heavy rain and muddy, slippery conditions
The Pole beat Malysz by 19 seconds and extended his advantage to 5min 07.9sec. FIA World Cup leader Vladimir Vasilyev crashed out of the top 10 and a points-scoring finish and this kept the door open for Al-Attiyah to maintain his title challenge on the remaining two rounds of the series in Morocco and Portugal. Dabrowski retained fourth with the fourth quickest time.
The final stage was cancelled because of the adverse weather conditions and Malysz and Dabrowski reached the finish in second and fourth overall.
 
2014 Baja Poland – final positions:
1. Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL)/Xavier Panseri (FRA) Mini All4 Racing                     5hr 22min 36.6sec
2. Adam Malysz (POL)/Rafal Marton (POL) Overdrive Toyota Hilux     5hr 27min 57.5sec
3. Martin Kaczmarski (POL)/Tapio Suominen (FIN) Mini All4 Racing                        5hr 32min 25.4sec
4. Marek Dabrowski (POL)/Jacek Czachor (POL) Overdrive Toyota Hilux 5hr 35min 13.4sec
5. Miroslav Zapletal (CZE)/Maciej Marton (POL) Hummer H3 Evo                           6hr 10min 58.4sec, etc
 
FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies – positions after round 8 (unofficial):
1. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS)                           192 pts    
2. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)              136 pts    
3. Yazeed Al-Rajhi (SAU)                              120 pts   
4. Marek Dabrowski (POL)                           99 pts       
5. Miroslav Zapletal (CZE)                            96 pts    
6. Adam Malysz (POL)                                    89 pts                   
7. Reinaldo Varela (BRA)                              56 pts                   
8. Martin Kaczmarski (POL)                          54 pts      
9. Erik van Loon (NLD)                                    48 pts, etc
 
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Monster Energy X-raid Team wins Baja Poland

Categoria: Todo o terreno internacional
Publicado em 31 agosto 2014

Krzysztof Holowczyc wins his home event at the wheel of his MINI ALL4 Racing

Martin Kaczmarski takes his MINI ALL4 Racing to third position

 
In the 2014 edition of the Baja Poland, MINI ALL4 Racing driver and local hero Krzysztof Holowczyc – supported by his new navigator Xavier Panseri (FRA) – raced in a class of his own. In the end, he won the four-stage event with a five-minute lead over Adam Malysz. His compatriot Martin Kaczmarski and co-driver Tapio Suominen from Finland completed the podium, with German pairing Stephan Schott / Holm Schmidt finishing eighth. Nonetheless, the result in the Baja Poland caused mixed emotions at X-raid as World Cup leader Vladimir Vasilyev hit a tree in special stage four, with just a few more kilometres to go. Due to this incident he lost a lot of time and finished 22nd, in the end. Nonetheless, the Russian defended his FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies lead as his toughest rival in the battle for the title, Nasser Al-Attiyah, also had to leave Poland empty-handed. Due to heavy rain in the night from Saturday to Sunday, the race control opted for cancelling the second Sunday stage for safety reasons, following the day’s first 65-kilometre stage, held in the morning.
Holowczyc really went for it in his home race. Only in the prologue, the Pole opted for a slightly conservative approach and contented himself with finishing second – to win the following two stages. In SS3, the Monster Energy X-raid Team driver had to draw aside due to accident ambulances that attended to a quad rider who had had an accident. Behind him, the special stage was temporarily red-flagged. So, he crossed the finish line some 90 minutes earlier than the rest of the field. And in the final special stage, Holowczyc finished third. Meanwhile, his compatriot Kaczmarski also delivered in fine style and by finishing third, he repeated the result he had secured in the Baja Aragon. The young Pole took his MINI ALL4 Racing to the top five in every stage. By coming eighth, Schott was the third X-raid driver in the top 10, thus completed the Trebur based team’s success. Schott had his difficulties in the first two stages but worked his way up in the standings by finishing eighth and twelfth in the final two stages.

“Krzysztof, Martin and Stephan, too, did a really good job,” said Team Manager Sven Quandt. “At the same time, it was really disappointing that Vladimir hit a tree just in the final special stage. Nasser had been forced into retirement yesterday and so, we could have increased our lead. But Vladimir must forget this incident, now. After all, he still holds a 56-point lead in the World Cup standings.”

“I’m really delighted with having won in my home country,” said Holowczyc. “Altogether, it was a very exciting Baja. I was careful in the prologue but could take the lead in special stage one. In the following stage I had to draw aside for fire fighters and ambulances that looked after a quad driver who had had an accident. And the final special stage represented a real challenge. It was extremely slippery and you had to be focused to the max to not miss a turning. Fortunately, this happened to me just once.”

 
Result Baja Poland
1st K. Holowczyc (POL) / X. Panseri (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing - 5h 22m 36s
2nd A. Malysz (POL) / R. Marton (POL) Toyota – 5h 27m 57s
3rd M. Kaczmarski (POL) / T. Suominen (FIN) MINI ALL4 Racing -5h 32m 25s
...
8th S. Schott (GER) / H. Schmidt (GER) MINI ALL4 Racing – 6h 14m 14s
...
22nd V. Vasilyev (RUS) / K. Zhiltsov (RUS) MINI ALL4 Racing – 7h 43m 17s
 
Overall standings FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies:
Vladimir Vasilyev   192
Nasser Al-Attiyah     136
Yazeed Al-Rajhi       120
 

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