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The Rally of Poland (in Polish, Rajd Polski) is a motorsport event for rally cars that was first established in 1921. It is third-oldest rally in the world, preceded only by Österreichische Alpenfahrt and Monte Carlo Rally. In 1973, the Rally of Poland was the one of the thirteen rounds of newly established FIA World Rally Championship, but was removed from the 1974 calendar. It later found a place as a round of the European Rally Championship, and after a move to Mikołajki in the Masurian Lake District in 2005, event organisers started lobbying for the event's inclusion as a round of the World Rally Championship. After being run as a candidate event in 2007 and 2008, Poland returned to the World Rally Championship in 2009, which was won by Mikko Hirvonen. However, the event was once again removed after a single season, and was replaced by Rally Bulgaria.

During the 2012 season, the FIA put forward a tender for new events, and after a delay of one year, considered events in Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and Poland for inclusion on the 2014 season calendar. The Rally of Poland was the successful candidate, and returned to the championship in 2014. The proposed route featured stages in nearby Lithuania, in a format similar to the Rally of Sweden, which crosses over the border into Norway.[1] It was removed from the calendar after the 2017 season after the FIA repeatedly raised concerns about the event's safety.[2]

Rally winners

† — Rally was part of the World Rally Championship.

Year Driver Car
1921 Poland Tadeusz Heyne Dodge
1922 Austria Hans Lorenz Steyr
1923 Poland Henryk Liefeld Austro-Daimler
CzechoslovakiaDuring the 2012 season, the FIA put forward a tender for new events, and after a delay of one year, considered events in Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and Poland for inclusion on the 2014 season calendar. The Rally of Poland was the successful candidate, and returned to the championship in 2014. The proposed route featured stages in nearby Lithuania, in a format similar to the Rally of Sweden, which crosses over the border into Norway.[1] It was removed from the calendar after the 2017 season after the FIA repeatedly raised concerns about the event's safety.[2]

† — Rally was part of the World Rally Championship.

Year Driver Car
1921 Poland Tadeusz Heyne Dodge
1922 Austria
Wins Manufacturers
12 United States Ford
9 Italy Fiat
7 Germany DKW
Germany BMW
6 Austria Austro-Daimler
Italy Lancia
Japan Subaru
3 Germany Porsche
Germany Opel
Germany Mercedes
Poland FSO
Japan Toyota
4 France Renault
France Citroën
United States Chevrolet
Czech Republic Škoda
3 Czech Republic Tatra
Germany Volkswagen
United Kingdom BMC
2 France Peugeot
Japan Mitsubishi

References

  1. ^ "2014 WRC calendar revealed". WRC.com. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. ^ Evans, David (7 August 2017). "Turkey and Croatia set for 2018 World Rally Championship calendar". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 16 December 2018.

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References

  1. ^ "2014 WRC calendar revealed". WRC.com. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. ^ Evans, David (7 August 2017). "Turkey and Croatia set for 2018 World Rally Championship calendar". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 16 December 2018.

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