Home Advantage For Kornicki?

Home Advantage For Kornicki?

The next round of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy will see Szymon Kornicki and co-driver Przemyslaw Mazur tackle the stages of their home country Poland.


This year is the first time Rally Poland has featured on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar since 2009 and not only this, the Ford Fiesta R2 is built at M-Sport's factory in the country, making it an even more significant round for Kornicki.


"Poland will be a bit difficult," said Kornicki. "My friends and family are expecting me to be better because it is my home rally, but the competition is still very hard. I'll try to drive as fast as I can but not as much as I did in Portugal. I need to push but still be on the safe side."


Rally de Portugal marked the Pole's first WRC round, where he finished sixth overall following a mixed event. Despite this, he gained vital experience which, coupled with his familiarity of the rural roads in Poland, puts him in a good place for round two of the championship. 


"Using my knowledge of the roads is a bit of a yes/no situation in terms of using them to my advantage. I can go into the rally having some experience of the surface but there are a few Estonians and people from further north who will know what to expect," added the 32-year-old. 


There will be a great deal of support for Kornicki with fellow Polish rally driver Robert Kubica also competing on the event. Added to this, rallies in the area are famous for a substantial number of spectators with thousands expected to flock to the stages from all over Eastern Europe. 


"To compete on my home rally is a great pleasure and it should be good fun to take part in a World Rally Championship round in Poland."


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