Third place at Rally Poland for local driver Lukasz Habaj was enough to maintain his lead in the European Rally Championship, but reigning champion Alexey Lukyanuk from Russia won the fourth round, scoring his first victory in the season.
Second place went to an official i20 R5 entry from Hyundai Motorsport for the initial event leader Jari Huttunen, leaving Lukyanuk to lead Huttunen and the rest of the field the rest of the event, despite punctures, clutch, damper and brake problems.
Chris Ingram had power steering trouble.
The two-wheel drive Junior ERC3 category was initially led by the Peugeot of Sindre Furuseth before a puncture dropped him him back, and was then led by the Fiesta R2 of Ken Torn. Steve Rokland rolled his Peugeot R2.
Jari Huttunen lead early, and finished second in his Hyundai i20 R5.
Behind the leaders there was a lot of drama on Day 2 with crashes for Efren Llarena (Peugeot R2), Hiroki Arai (Citroen 3 R5) and Marijan Griebel, whose car blocked the final stage.
Ingram retired with an engine water leak, Filip Mares held third place for most of the rally but fell back to fourth with a puncture.
The two official Opel Junior entries for Lundberg and Munster both retired on the final loop.
Elsewhere on gravel in Europe: the Citroen DS3 WRC of Thibault Durbec and Liondel Baud finished 1-2 on the Rallye Terre du Haut-Var, the old Mille Pistes event.
Meanwhile, Sebastien Loeb recovered after his steering problem to finish third overall, fifth in R5 in a Hyundai i20.
In north west Spain, Xevi Pons won the Spanish championship Rally Astorga in a Skoda Fabia R5, ahead of the Citroen C3R5 of Jose Maria Lopes.
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