FIA Cross-Country Rallies World Cup winner Aron Domzala to debut with R5 car in Shell Helix Rally Estonia
2016 FIA Cross-Country Rallies World Cup winner Aron Domzala has decided to start in Shell Helix Rally Estonia held on 13-15 of July. For Domzala it’s fourth time to start in Estonia and this year he makes a debut with R5 car prepared by ex-WRC driver Toni Gardemeister’s team TGS Worldwide.
Domzala, who has started autosport with rallies chose to participate also in cross-country rallies. In 2016 he became World Cup winner in T3 class and in 2017 he achieved third place driving Toyota Hilux in T1 class which is the highest class in the series. He has also been competing in WRC series as in 2014 was he seventh in JWRC category. Starting in Shell Helix Rally Estonia is for him a good challenge between cross-country rallies.
„I’m very happy to come back to Estonia, as here are my favorite stages, especially I can’t wait to drive Arula stage again. Start in a new car brings even more exitment as this will be my debut in an R5 car. After a longer break and and a lot of driven kilometers in the deserts around the world its nice to challenge those roads again, especially with my friend and co-driver Szymon Gospodarczyk,“ said Domzala.
Toni Gardemeister, TGS Worldwide: „For us it’s very exciting to work with Aron who has done recently mostly cross-country events. I’m sure he will show good pace with our Skoda Fabia R5 and be very competitive. Rally Estonia is a competition with high value, it has professional organisation and great stages.“
Shell Helix Rally Estonia director Urmo Aava admits that having drivers from Poland in the entry list is important in many ways. „Polish market is very important for us and for our sponsors. I’m sure that many spectators from Poland will come to cheer their drivers and also to see three WRC teams fighting for the win here. The roads are familiar for Aron as he has competed and tested here before and and I can’t wait to see him driving R5 car for the first time. Recently he achieved 4th place in Lithuania and this will put him vey high in competition,“ said Aava.
Shell Helix Rally Estonia entry list tops with three crews from WRC series: Ott Tänak-Martin Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC), Hayden Paddon-Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) and Craig Breen-Scott Martin (Citroen C3 WRC).
The official opening and award ceremony will take place in Tartu, the second biggest city in Estonia. Tartu is an entertainment centre of Shell Helix Rally Estonia and the main artist of the official concert is Russian superstar Nyusha.
Otepää which is known as a winter resort offers great opportunities for the technical centre of the rally. Service park and HQ are located in Otepää at Tehvandi Sport Centre. Besides Tartu, Elva hosts another Super Special and the gravel stages in South-Estonia are considered as the best in the country.
Shell Helix Rally Estonia rally passes are on sale in online store on www.rallyestonia.com and in all Circle K stations all over Estonia.
Shell Helix Rally Estonia held on 13-15 of July is a round of Estonian and Latvian rally championships and FIA European Rally Trophy.
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