Vatanen Hopes High Speed Will Help Chances In Poland

Vatanen Hopes High Speed Will Help Chances In Poland

After an impressive two stage wins and an unfortunate retirement from his debut in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy at Rally de Portugal, Max Vatanen is hoping to bounce back next week on round two at Lotos Rally Poland. 

During the gap between the first two rounds of the championship, Max has been keeping himself busy by preparing for an outing on the ERC Geko Ypres Rally in Belgium, which takes place this weekend. Rally Poland has still been at the front of his mind even though he's been testing on Tarmac. 

"Even though I've been preparing myself for Tarmac rallies, I have still thought about how I'm going to approach Rally Poland," said Vatanen. "I did a small test on gravel, but as I'm familiar with the gravel surface, I was concentrating more on Tarmac. The roads in Finland are like what you find in Poland."

With Poland making a reappearance on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar for the first time in five years, it brings a new experience and unfamiliar ground for most of the crews but Max believes he can use this to his advantage:

"It is always good to drive on a rally where you find some common ground. Like I said, the roads in Finland are very similar with the surface and the fact they are fast. All drivers will experience this, like in Portugal, Suarez had competed in the rally three times before this year. In Poland all of us will more or less be in the same boat."

The aim in Poland for Vatanen and his co-driver Mikko Lukka, is trying to secure the most amount of points as they possibly can, using their experience on gravel to gain an advantage over their rivals. Vatanen added: "After Portugal, I don't want to make any mistakes. A win would be welcome but I must drive wisely and try and get the most points I can from Rally Poland.


"My plan is to put my foot down and drive on the limit as much as it allows, but sometimes that can increase your chances of making a mistake. In Portugal so many people made mistakes, and I can't afford to make any more."


Max Vatanen
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