Fri 25 Aug 2023

Litwinowicz hopes title triumph inspires future Polish success

Damian Litwinowicz hopes his Euro RX3 success in Germany last weekend – becoming the first Pole to clinch an FIA European Rallycross Championship crown in 17 years – will help to inspire others to follow in his footsteps.

Damian Litwinowicz hopes his Euro RX3 success in Germany last weekend (19-20 August) – becoming the first Pole to clinch an FIA European Rallycross Championship crown in 17 years – will help to inspire others to follow in his footsteps.


Litwinowicz headed to the Estering holding a five-point advantage over stablemate Espen Isaksætre at the summit of the standings, but that margin was reduced after the championship leader endured a troubled run through the heats.


In the first of them, he was collected in a Turn One clash with fellow Volland Racing driver Nils Volland and Martin Kjær, restricting him to just the 12th-quickest time. Further contact ensued at the start of heat two, before Litwinowicz found himself playing second fiddle to Isaksætre in heats three and four – and with the Norwegian topping the intermediate classification, the pressure mounted.

After safely progressing through the semi-final stage – again, not without its dramas – Isaksætre and Litwinowicz lined up respectively fourth and fifth on the grid for the all-important final. And that was where things got really spicy...


The pair ran three-abreast with Dylan Dufas along the back straight on the opening lap. Isaksætre was the first to make a move, slicing past the Frenchman into Turn Four, but as he did so, he inadvertently tagged the rear of Volland’s car and tipped the German into a slide.


Litwinowicz saw his chance to capitalise, but further contact – between the two title contenders this time – culminated in both of them spinning in the joker. Isaksætre was able to rejoin, but could only finish fifth and was subsequently disqualified from the results – confirming the Poznan native as the 2023 Euro RX3 champion.


One of just three drivers from the FIA World Rallycross Championship support series to win more than once over the course of the campaign, Litwinowicz’s glory also made him the first Pole since Krzysztof Groblewski back in 2006 (Division 1A) to lift the laurels at European level.

“Right to the end, it was a very hard weekend,” the 25-year-old reflected. “Saturday was a rollercoaster, with technical problems in free practice and then the accident in the first corner in heat one.


“After the crash in the final, I was really upset. I don’t remember the moment too well after getting out of the car, but my mum said I was throwing my gloves, because I didn’t know how it was going to end and I could no longer do anything about it.


“Poland doesn’t have so many champions in international motorsport, so this title means a lot to me and for the Polish federation and I’m pleased with the performance we showed over the season as a whole. I hope that my success can help to promote this remarkable sport in the country.


“As to next year, I will definitely stick with the European Championship, but I don’t know which category yet. Naturally, I would like to move to a higher class...”

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