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29 August 2014

Since 2005, WESEM has been supporting Jan Chmielewski, one of the top Polish drivers. This is what he writes about his adventure with sports.

“Since childhood, sport has been an important part of my life. Before I started participating in rallies, I had been a mountain bike trials competitor for ten years. In this difficult sports discipline, I won seven titles of champion and vice-champion of Poland, as well as the title of champion of Slovakia (1997). In 1997, I was 4th in the world championship.

I have been accompanied by WESEM since I started rallying – this was the brand that put trust in me first, and with its help I have won the title of champion of Poland four times in the category of one axle drive cars. I have been the class champion many times and I have won the prestigious Citroen Racing Trophy cup. I have also won the championship of Slovakia and the FIA Central European Zone championship. In recent years, as the first driver of a front-wheel drive car, at the end of the season I have been ranked a few times in the top ten of the Championship of Poland, which is dominated by 4 x 4 drive cars. I hardly need to emphasise what kind of excellent headlights I use during my rallies.

The late lamented Janusz Kulig has always been my role model in rallying. He was the champion of Poland in the general classification three times, as well as the champion of Slovakia and the vice-champion of Europe. He was a driver of unusual gifts and skills, as well as a role model of a man and sportsman – he was always fair! I had an opportunity to meet him in person when, as a young journalist, I interviewed him a few times. He impressed me with his modesty, good manners, and winning personality, as well as with his knowledge of life. Thanks to Janusz Kulig I started dreaming of rally starts.

In the 2014 season, I stick to the equipment that has not let me down - I'm still going to drive a Citroen DS3-R3. I’m planning to participate in six rounds of the Poland Rally Championship. My goal is to fight for the highest positions in the category of one-axle drive cars. I know that my competitors are not going to give in easily, so it won't be easy... I'm also planning to take part in the Janusz Kulig and Marian Bublewicz Memorial, as well as in the Barbórka Rally.”