Speedy ERC weekend ahead for Tidemand

Pontus Tidemand is ready for his second round of this year’s FIA ERC and Rally Poland is next up. As one of the season’s fastest rallies, nothing but determination and maximum focus are on the table.

Pontus Tidemand made his ERC debut together with GN Motorsport and MRF Tyres Dealer Team two months ago in Portugal and got a quite troublesome start to his championship. According to plan, he did not do the second event on the Canary Islands, but now he is back for revenge at the FIA European Championship’s third round.

“I hope that we can leave the problems behind and have a more smooth weekend. We need to get into the game and go for points” said Pontus, who this season is joined by Julia Thulin in the co-driver’s seat.

Premiering already in 1921, the Polish rally is the world’s second oldest rally, after Rallye Monte-Carlo, and has been a part of the World Rally Championship several times over the years. It’s mainly known for its high speed and will offer both drivers and spectators the perhaps fastest event on the ERC calendar.

“We will have a speedy weekend, I can promise you that. You need to have pacenotes as close to perfect as possible since any kind of hesitation will cost you time. The roads are quick and rhythmic, but get very rutted during the day and you need to stay focused on your mission” said Pontus, who has competed at the event three times previously and finished on the podium twice.

The city of Mikolajki, a three hour drive from the capital Warszawa, has been the hosting town of the rally since 2005, and that was also when it switched from a tarmac event to a gravel event. The rally includes 16 special stages, measuring 182 kilometers, and after Friday’s start, there will be three action packed days until the crews reach the finish line on late Sunday afternoon.