There was also frustration for Martin Kangur, who dropped out of the top 10 on the final stage with broken powersteering and a puncture. The 20-year-old from Estonian had excelled with two fastest times in his Markko Martin Motorsport-run Fiesta R5 to become one of the youngest stage winners in the European championship. He had to make do with 14th, one place behind Toshi Arai, who scored more ERC Production Car Cup points in his Yokohama-equipped Subaru Impreza R4 STI. Kangur's misfortune handed Zbigniew Staniszewski eighth spot with young Russian Vasily Gryazin taking ninth and Maciej Oleksowicz tenth.
After completing Saturday's final stage with the front-right wheel missing from his Citroen
DS3 RRC following contact with a rock on a high-speed right-hander, Robert Kubica was unable to restart after it was discovered that his car's turbocharged engine had ingested mud and had suffered terminal damage. The F1 race winner was in second overall at the time of his moment. However, he once again underlined his blistering pace by setting two fastest stage times. LOTOS 70 Rally Poland marked the last of Kubica's four planned runs in the ERC this season although a final appearance is still under consideration.
Elsewhere, Lithuanian champion Dominykas Butvilas clinched ERC Production Car Cup honours in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX R4 with Radoslaw Raczkowski taking the spoils in the ERC 2WD Championship after rising star Stephane Lefebvre dropped out of the class lead on the penultimate stage when he broke his Peugeot 208 R2's suspension striking a rock.
Molly Taylor secured the ERC Ladies' Trophy laurels for the fourth time this season despite completing the final stage with a cracked suspension beam and Simone Tempestini top-scored for Napoca Rally Academy in the ERC Production Car Cup for Teams.
The 2013 FIA European Rally Championship now continues at the end of the month when competitors head to Croatia (September 26-28).
LOTOS 70 Rally Poland - Top ten positions:
1. Kajetan Kajetanowicz /Jaroslaw Baran
Ford Fiesta R5 1h58m40.6s
2. Bryan Bouffier /Xavier Panseri
Peugeot 207 S2000 +23.3s
3. Jan Kopecky /Pavel Dresler
Skoda Fabia 2000 +1m28.4s
4. Michal Kosciuszko /Maciej Szczepaniak
Ford Fiesta R5 +2m14.1s
5. Krzysztof Holowczyc /Lukasz Kurzeja
Ford Fiesta RRC +3m15.5s
6. Michal Solowow /Sebastian Rozwadowski
Ford Fiesta RRC +3m17.4s
7. Craig Breen /Lara Vanneste
Peugeot 207 S2000 +3m33.5s
8. Zbigniew Staniszewski /Pawel Drahan
Ford Fiesta S2000 +3m48.2s
9. Vasily Gryazin /Dmitry Chumak
Ford Fiesta S2000 +4m08.0s
10. Maciej Oleksowicz /Michal Kusnierz
Ford Fiesta S2000 +4m13.5s
ERC Production Car Cup:
Dominykas Butvilas /Renatas Vaitkevicius (Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX R4)
ERC 2WD Championship:
Radoslaw Raczkowski /Lukasz Gwiazda (Citroen DS3 R3T)
ERC Ladies' Trophy:
Molly Taylor (Citroen DS3 R3T)
Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy: