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Daniel Polasek and KMS Racing to top off the season with another podium

02.10.2023 / KMS Racing Press

KMS Racing’s Daniel Polasek finished third in the FRC3 category in the season finale in Kokkola. Third position was enough to secure fourth in the drivers’ championship. Co-driver Katerina Janovska got to celebrate a medal however, as the Czech copilot won bronze in the co-drivers’ championship.

KMS Racing, the official M-Sport partner in Finland, has finished on the podium on the final round of the Finnish Rally Championship in Kokkola. Team’s young talent Daniel Polasek secured his third podium of the year. The Czech driver finished his maiden season in Finland with a P4 in the overall standings. The other half of the crew, co-driver Katerina Janovska, won bronze medal in the FRC3 co-drivers’ championship.

The pair started the rally on Friday with a second fastest time on the day-ending super special stage. Going to the final day of the season, Polasek was sitting fourth in the classifications.

A tough battle for fourth position ensued on the first half of the day, with Polasek on top at the day’s service. However, after misfortune of a fellow competitor, Polasek was elevated into third position, in which the young talent finished. A P3 finish meant a P4 in the FRC3 overall standings.

-I am happy that we finished the season in Finland, it was a great experience and it taught us a lot. Standing on a podium one more time was a great feeling too! I am sure we will come back to Finland soon. Thank you to the team for their support this year, and congratulations for Katerina for bronze medal, Polasek after the conclusion of their maiden season in Finland.

KMS Team Principal Jussi Kumpumäki is pleased with the progress seen throughout the year. Furthermore, the work put in by the team throughout the season deserves recognition.

-It’s been a great season. Daniel came here to learn, and that he has done. The difference to the top has been getting smaller and smaller in every race, and we have recognised where the remaining gap is. Only one small mistake at the season opener, but otherwise a solid season for the drivers and the car, of which a massive thank you to our team as well. Whilst FRC season has concluded, we have something still in the planner, but more on that next week, Kumpumäki stated.

SM Kokkola Ralli results

1. Nico Valkonen               1:01:17,8             Ford Fiesta Rally4

2. Jooa Iivari                      +1:47,9                 Renault Clio Rally4

3. Daniel Polasek              +3:14,8                 Ford Fiesta Rally4

4. Justus Räikkönen         +6:23,9                 Peugeot 208 Rally4

5. Topi Kärki                       +13:40,6              Ford Fiesta Rally4

 

FRC3 Drivers’ standings

1. Justus Räikkönen         101        Peugeot 208 Rally4

2. Tuomas Välilä               93           Ford Fiesta Rally4

3. Nico Valkonen               90           Ford Fiesta Rally4

4. Daniel Polasek             83           Ford Fiesta Rally4

5. Niko Patajoki                 52           Ford Fiesta Rally4

FRC3 Co-Drivers’ standings

1. Mikael Korhonen          101

2. Päivi Välilä                     93

3. Katerina Janovska       83

4. Niklas Heino                  59

5. Juha Lummaa               52

Photo: Merita Mäkinen

Score top 5

1. Roope Korhonen / Anssi Viinikka 88 points LMM (Rally2)
2. Teemu Asunmaa / Ville Mannisenmäki 75 points AlavUA (Rally2)
3. Benjamin Korhola / Sebastian Virtanen 74 points VihUA (Rally2)
4. Anssi Rytkönen / Mikael Korhonen 65 points KoMoKe (R5)
5. Niclas Grönholm / Kristian Temonen 49 points EMSC (Rally2)

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Calendar 2024

1) 12.-13.1. SM Auto Sorsa Riihimäki-Ralli, Riihimäki
2) 1.-3.2. 59. Arctic Lapland Rally, Rovaniemi
3) 8.-9.3. SM Tuuri Ralli, Alavus
4) 24.-25.5. SM Mad-Croc Länsirannikon Ralli, Turku
5) 14.-15.6. SM Pohjanmaa Ralli, Seinäjoki
6) 23.-24.8. Future SM-ralli, Lahti
7) 4.-5.10. SM Ralli Kitee, Kitee

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