Baja Russia: Kuba Przygonski comes in fourth
Feb 18, 2018
Start into the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup season.
First snow rally for the young Pole.
Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) secured fourth place at the Baja Russia – Northern Forest. For the young Pole it was the first FIA Cross Country World Cup event he had to contest on snow and ice.
Przygonski and Cosoul gathered a lot of experience on the unfamiliar terrain and improved special stage by special stage. In the Super Special on Friday they finished seventh and on Saturday, they added a fifth and a sixth place to their tally. “Racing on ice and snow represented a completely new experience for me,” revealed the MINI JCW driver. “It’s very slippery and making mistakes is easy.” In the final two special stages on Sunday Przygonski took his MINI JWC Rally to fourth and third places.
“Prior to the final special stage we found the best setup and it went really well for us,” said Przygonski. “I’m happy that we succeeded in completing the five special stages without making any major mistakes. Furthermore, contesting the Baja Russia was big fun. The route was fast, with numerous jumps and corners. I’d love to return to this Baja next year. But then I will practice on snow, in the run-up, as I have to admit that I have been lacking in experience racing in these conditions.”
Baja Russia – Northern Forest 2018
1. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 5h 14m 17s
2. M. Prokop (CZE) / J. Tomanek (CZE) Ford – 5h 20m 02s
3. V. Vasilyev (RUS) / K. Zhiltsov (RUS) MINI – 5h 25m 31s
4. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI JCW Rally – 5h 36m 27s
5. Y. H. Seaidan (SAU) / A. Kuzmich (RUS) Toyota – 5h 06m 00s