Interview with Kajetan Kajetanowicz
We're talking to Kajetan Kajetanowicz – two-time rally champion of Poland and two-time champion of the Polish round of the European Rally Championships – Rally Poland.
Kajetan, what makes you start in rallies?
When I'm racing, I'm fulfilling my dreams, which came to my mind and to my heart when I was a little boy.
However, you come from a family without rally traditions. What's your history?
You're right; nobody in my family has been connected with motorsport before. However, that was my dad who took me to the first rally in my life, when I was a little boy. When the same rally took place one year later, I cried bitterly, because my dad was busy and couldn't take me there. Well, during my first encounter I liked the rally and a couple of years later I tried my hand at rallies. My history... it's a kind of „from log cabin to White House” :) I think that dreams are the base – real dreams when you know what you want and when you do everything to achieve it. Then you have to steal your dad's car and start in amateur rallies. And you have to be happy about every success, even the least important one, and the failures have to be treated as a motivation to act. If you know what you want to achieve, if you have your passion and if you work with people who share it, dreams drive you, they give you power and you're close to success.
Now you're a grown-up fellow. How have your dreams changed in the course of the time?
I dreamt about the title of a champion, but it started at a certain moment. My career resembles climbing every rung of a ladder – from starting in Fiat 126p, Seicento, Peugeot 106 and 206, right up to four-wheel-drive cars. My dreams have always been possible at particular stages of my career. At the beginning my dream was smaller – to start in a rally in which Leszek Kuzaj, Krzysztof Hołowczyc or other experienced drivers started. When I started with them, I wanted to win a special stage with them and then – the whole rally. When I achieved these particular goals – although that wasn't so easy – I set myself another goal – to gain a title of Champion of Poland. It was accessible, but difficult. Achieving the first title was extraordinary for me, and to defend it last year wasn't easy either, especially that both titles were won in a direct competition in Rally Championships of Poland with a very fast driver Bryan Bouffier.
Now your car is being prepared by a Polish company Rallytechnology, before you were driving cars prepared by Tommi Mäkinen Racing and Symtech. How do you evaulare development of Subaru in the course of these years?
Cooperation with popular companies was very important to me, it widened my horizons. Subaru is a car which is financially accessible. Although I have good partners, starting in S2000 car at a high level is extremely expensive. I assume that it's better to drive a professionally prepared Subaru than to drive Super 2000 car crazily.
At the moment you're close to win a third title of Champion of Poland in a row. What will be next?
At the moment I'm focusing on winning a third title of champion of Poland in a row. I'm thinking about the future and my next goal is to start in a full cycle of the European Rally Championship. I like starting in Poland very much, we've got beautiful routes here, we've got fantastic fans, but I think that I'm ready to throw myself into the deep end. In the European Championship we can compete across the continent. There are many good drivers, competition is interesting. I wouldn’t be offended if I could start in S2000 car before it is possible to drive it in historic class :)