A solid result for Symtech Racing in Poland
Round two of the Polish Rally Championship, the Lotos Rally in Gdansk, was characterised by an excellent performance from Symtech Racing. This event was the first of two gravel rounds planned for this year on the Polish Rally Championship, and for Subaru Poland's factory driver – Kajto Kajetanowicz – it was only his fifth rally on this type of surface. Before the rally even started, it was clear that the entire team faced a difficult task.

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On Saturday proceedings got underway with some hazy sunshine, but there was also a big scare for the Subaru Poland team. Having misjudged a corner halfway through the opening stage, Kajto was unable to avoid hitting a ditch head on. His Subaru Impreza STR09 was heavily damaged but luckily the Polish crew was able to make it back to service. Kajetanowicz commented : « I'm delighted to find out just how strong our car really is! We took off and hit the ditch hard with the nose of the car. The radiator was damaged along with the whole front end, including chassis and bodywork, but despite this big impact the Symtech Racing mechanics made the car as good as new again at service without going over the permitted time limit.»

Throughout the rest of the rally Kajto kept up a good pace in order to finish the opening day in sixth place. It was an encouraging performance from the young Polish asphalt ace, who nonetheless set better times than were expected. On day two, the team changed the car set-up, allowing Kajto to increase his confidence whilst improving his times. The Subaru Poland Rally Team eventually finished the Lotos Rally in fifth overall, with third in Group N.

Wim De Boeck from Symtech Racing commented: "Of course the entire team was delighted after our overall win on the Elmot Rally, round one of the championship, but this weekend brought us firmly back to reality. Having said that, this is far from a bad result for Kajto, given his noted lack of experience on gravel. For us, it was equally pleasing to see that our car, which was perfectly reliable over both days, proved to be very competitive. After Kajto's 'off' on the opening stage it was clear to see just why we build our cars so robustly ! We are now eagerly looking forward to our next event on asphalt, where 'Kajto' is considerably more competitive. »

Everyone in the Symtech Racing team was nonetheless delighted with the Lotos Rally result after the event finish. The next round of the Polish Rally Championship takes place at the Karkonoski Rally, from 11-12 July 2009.

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