Poland’s Martin Kaczmarski will make his first start in the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the second round in Portugal next week. 

Kaczmarski made his Supercar debut in the FIA European Rallycross Championship last season in an ex-Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta Supercar, and finished his inaugural campaign 11th overall in the standings. At the opening round of the 2017 season in Barcelona earlier this month, he qualified for the semi-finals and finished sixth in semi-final one. 

The Polish driver began his rallycross career in 2015, racing in the support category now called the RX2 International Series, moving from cross country rallying, where he had become the Dakar Rally’s youngest debutant in 2014 (aged 23) and finished the event ninth overall. For his 2017 programme Kaczmarski is racing in the five-round Euro RX Championship and selected rounds of World RX in Europe, with his sights set on competing full-time in World RX in the future. “I’ve been intensely looking forward to the 2017 season. It’s long been my dream to compete in the World Rallycross Championship. Competing against some of the best drivers in the world in World RX is absolutely one of the biggest challenges in my career,” he said. “I am aware of how difficult it will be, but I am as happy as a child. I will go in fighting and give 100% from myself.” 

Also competing at the Montalegre circuit next week will be Germany’s Rene Muennich, Belgium’s Gregoire Demoistier in the DA Racing team for his second rallycross event, and Portugal’s Joaquim Santos.


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