Less than a week before the official end of the 2020 World Rally Championship, the competitors of the European Championship are ready to fight for the decisive points. The FIA ERC final round will take place on the winding asphalt special stages of the Canary Islands. Due to the changes in the calendar, Rally Islas Canarias, held for many years in May, will host the crews in the autumn scenery this time (November 26 - 28).
The 44th Islas Canarias 2020 Rally will also be the last one of the five Abarth Rally Cup 2020 eliminations, in which Dariusz Poloński and Łukasz Sitek, supported by the Rallytechnology team, will return to the competition. The crews of almost 300hp Abarths will cover 17 special stages, 200 km in total, on Friday and Saturday. The Polish duo, with the number 33, will set off on the route as the second one of the scorpion rally cars.
The starting number turns out not to be accidental, because as the statistics show, it will be Dariusz Poloński's 33rd start in the ERC rally - of which he spent the last 9 driving an Abarth. What's more, it was on the roads of the Spanish island that Poloński and Sitek started their adventure with the cup, and they finished their debut on the third step of the podium. So they have an even greater appetite for this year's good result, and they started their preparations with a strong accent. They completed the 3.45 km qualifying stage of Guia with a score of 2:03.394 seconds - the best ERC2 in the entire competition.
Robert Gabryszewski (Rallytechnology team manager): We started the last ERC season with our arrival at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and this weekend it is here that we will close the 2020 European Championship series. Regardless of the season, the views here are breathtaking, and tomorrow we will see how the change of rally date will affect the course of the competition. Nevertheless, the winding and demanding asphalts highlight a difficult rally weekend.
This season is not easy for Darek and Łukasz, but we are returning to the Abarth Cup with fresh energy and ready to fight. Preparing for this start, we made some significant improvements to the drive unit and spent a lot of time working on the car, so we are optimistic about the first special stage. The result on the qualifying stage shows that the boys are eager to drive and want to close this year's European Championship with a strong result. Keep your fingers crossed!