Last weekend, Silesia Stadium became the most important point on the rally map of Poland.
In total nearly 114 teams competed for points on the roads of Upper Silesia in three rally cycles. The first to set off on the route were competitors of the Polish Rally Championship (RSMP), including duos supported by the Rallytechnology team.
The second round of RSMP was a kind of return for the team from Rybnik and some of their crews. After the unlucky inauguration in Rzeszów, Tomasz Kasperczyk and Damian Syty started their favorite Rally Silesia with a double force. The representatives of the Tiger Energy Drink Rally Team did not achieve their third victory in Chorzów, but despite that they added another very good result to their rally statistics. Kasperczyk and Syty also secured another Polish podium for Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
Among the 12 R5 cars, fans could also see the second Polo also prepared by Rallytechnology. Daniel Chwist and Kamil Heller returned to the special stages of the Polish Championship, after nearly 11 months of break, and for them it was an opportunity to debut in a new car. The debut that ends with a good tempo and with one of the best results in the seven joint starts so far. They crossed the finish line of the Silesian Stadium with 8th result, 11 seconds behind their direct rivals. They were one step higher in class 2.
Also in Dariusz Poloński and Łukasz Sitek competed in class 2, as the only ones with a RWD car with drive. Their white and red Abarth 124 Rally RGT was last seen on the routes of Rally Silesia, but like last year's start, also this year's fourth editionwas not their successful one. Just until the unlucky fourth stage they were among the leaders of the top 10 of the general classification, but another attempt of the Miedźna stage turned out to be their last one. Due to a technical failure, they had to withdraw from the rally in the service area.
On the battlefield, fighting for the Rallytechnology team, among the cars with single axis drive, remained Radosław Typa and Szymon Gospodarczyk. The Peugeot 208 R2 duo already at the beginning of the rally took the lead in Class 4, scoring at the first two trials. Unfortunately, they lost the leader's position because of a 10 second penalty imposed after the second special stage. Until the end they fought with Maciej Lubiak and Tomasz Borko for the lead in the rally but they finished second in the class and third among all 2WD cars. Thus, they improved their result from Rzeszów by one position. For the second time in a row, they scored a full set of points in the team classification. At the halfway point of the RSMP, the Rallytechnology team strengthened their lead and with 98 points leads in the top three before APRMotorsport (69 points) and Hyundai Poland Racing (60 points).
Robert Gabryszewski (Rallytechnology team manager): As predicted, 100 km of Rally Silesia turned out to be a great deal of emotions. The key to this rally was not only to go fast, but also clean and with a constant, steady pace. Tomek and Damian went flawlessly on slippery, fast asphalt and avoided any accidents. For the fourth time in a row in Chorzów they are standing on the podium, with another great result behind the wheel of the Polo.
Daniel Chwist and Kamil Heller kept improving the pace from one stage to another. Given that they achieved one of best results in the RSMP, their double debut – both in the rally and in the car – was really successful. Radosław Typa and Szymon Gospodarczyk, in this year's heavily staffed single axle category did not have an easy task, especially that the driver was another rookie in Rally Silesia. But in the right seat of the Peugeot there was an extremely experienced co-driver and this cooperation resulted in a podium, valuable not only individually, but also for the entire team.
Unfortunately, Darek and Łukasz attracted all the bad luck this weekend, and the fans could not see the Abarth at the finish line, as it had been promoted on the official posters. All the hard work once again was taken by the machine failure. Were it not for this, the results and the whole rally would have been quite positive for us.