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GP Week : Issue 51
Preview: Rally Poland W ELCOME to rallying in Poland! The ‘Rajd Polski’, held this weekend, is the eighth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship, and only the second time this event has been included in the WRC. The other occasion was in the inaugural year of the series – 1973. Rajd Polski was first held in 1921, and has been held as a top-level international championship event since 1960. The 2009 edition will be the 66th time the rally has been held, making this the longest 38 running event in rally sport, except for Monte Carlo. If I tell you that the last time a World Championship rally was held in Poland, a one-litre, three-cylinder two-stroke East German Wartburg car, which was seeded one car from last out of the 62 starters, finished second overall, don’t dismiss this story as fantasy. It actually happened. Be prepared for a journey to the Eastern end of Europe, for a rally where the unexpected is sure to wait for us. The 1973 event, then based at Krakow, was remarkable. It was extremely tough, and despite being held in July, it was largely run at night in fog. It was so tough, in fact, that only three crews were classified as finishers. The winners were Achim Warmbold and Jean Todt in an official Fiat Abarth 124, who finished almost three hours ahead of second placed driver, the East German Egon Culmbacher in his works Wartburg 353, while third and last was Polish driver Maciej Stawowiak in a private Group 1 Polski Fiat 125p. To this day, Stawowiak’s result is the highest achieved by a Polish driver in a World The last time the ‘Rajd Polski’ was a round of the World Rally Championship was back in 1973, and asMARTIN HOLMES reports, a lot has changed since then ... Championship rally – and the only time a Pole had been on a world rally podium. My first visit to the event was on the occasion of the 36th event, back in 1976. Life was very different. The rally had now moved to what became a spiritual home of the event, Wroclaw, in the south west of the country. A lot of the event was run at night, the event was the pride of East European rallying, a major event in the Peace and Friendship series attracting entries from Bulgaria, East Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Russia.