Warsaw streets become rally circuit for St Barbara’s Day

Photo: Twitter/Rajd Barbórka/Marcin Rybak

The traditional annual rally celebrating Saint Barbara’s Day took place in Warsaw on Saturday.

‘Rajd Barbórka’, or Saint Barbara’s Day Rally is a traditional event of Polish rallying that dates back to 1964. It is a prestigious competition considered the symbolic finale of the Polish Rally Championships.

This year’s 56th edition was held in three locations with the legendary finale of the Rally organised, as per tradition, on the narrow, brick Karowa Street in the centre of Warsaw. The evening Karowa stage has always attracted plenty of supporters. It was no different this year, despite the biting frost.

The legendary finale at the twisting Karowa Street in the centre of Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański

Three-time European Champion, Pole Kajetan Kajetanowicz triumphed in the Rally. He achieved this a record sixth time in a row. Mr Kajetanowicz equals the number of wins recorded by another Polish legend, Tomasz Kuchar, who however topped the podium five times in a row, and once at a later edition.

“I am very happy being here and winning for the sixth consecutive time, nobody has ever done something like this. In spite of the temperature being very low, the competition was watched by crowds of fans, for that I thank them”, Mr Kajetanowicz said.

Champions of this year’s Saint Barbara’s Day Rally, Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański