Jon Armstrong and Phil Corridor have laid down the gauntlet for his or her Junior WRC championship problem, taking their second victory of the season following a flawless efficiency on Ypres Rally Belgium.
Armstrong was supreme all through your entire all-out asphalt affair on Ypres’s iconic roads, taking seven stage wins and main from begin to end.
Sami Pajari and co-driver Marko Salminen claimed second place after preventing again from fourth and choosing up two Wolf Stage Win factors alongside the best way.
Robert Virves scored his second podium of the season to assert third, narrowly lacking out on stage wins all through the rally.
Lauri Joona was engaged in a battle for the rostrum, finally settling for fourth after initially operating second on Friday.
Martins Sesks had a disastrous occasion, solely two Wolf Stage Win Factors on your entire rally, crashing throughout shakedown and retiring for the day on Saturday after changing into stranded in a ditch. He restarted on Sunday to assert sixth.
William Creighton and Liam Regan hit the bottom operating on Ypres Rally with aggressive occasions from shakedown, they went on to take a complete of seven Wolf Stage Win Factors, drawing stage finest with Armstrong and Corridor for many stage wins on Ypres Rally.
Creighton firmly established himself as a category act and contender for future wins and podiums in Junior WRC following his efficiency Ypres Rally. A technical difficulty misplaced him two minutes on the third stage of the rally however from there the Irishman went from energy to energy, refusing to surrender whereas pushing laborious for stage wins. His first stage win got here on stage seven on Friday night however he got here into his personal on Saturday, pulling one other three stage wins. Creighton received three out of the 4 aggressive phases on Sunday ultimately ending fifth, scoring a wholesome haul of factors.
Robert Virves got here to Ypres following a disappointing consequence on his residence rally in Estonia. He stunned many with a really aggressive tempo on Ypres’s tarmac roads, sometimes difficult for stage wins and ending Friday in second. Saturday noticed the Estonian drop to 3rd and forward of fourth positioned Lauri Joona by 30 seconds, a bonus he maintained to the tip of the rally, claiming his second Junior WRC podium of 2021.
Pajari initially struggled with confidence and dedication on Ypres Rally, he discovered a while on the second loop of Friday to start closing in on a podium place however ended the day and not using a stage win. On Saturday he struggled once more for tempo on the opening loop, returning with confidence through the afternoon’s phases to ship two stage wins and finish the day in second. Sunday noticed the Finn keep his place and convey residence one other crucial consequence to assist his championship marketing campaign.
Armstrong was the person of the second on Ypres Rally, he topped the timesheets on shakedown and didn’t look again from there. Friday was a very efficient day for the Northern Irishman, pulling out 5 stage wins from seven aggressive phases to amass a 50-second result in finish the day. Armstrong bagged one other two Wolf Stage Win Factors on Saturday to additional cement his lead which had eclipsed the minute mark after Saturday’s phases. On Sunday Armstrong admitted to be driving with full concentrate on gathering the consequence, holding again from pursuing extra stage wins and crossed the end on the Spa Francorchamps circuit to take his second ever FIA Junior WRC occasion win.
Maciej Woda, FIA Junior WRC Championship Supervisor, stated: “Big congratulations to Jon Armstrong and Phil Corridor who’ve each carried out exceptionally on Ypres Rally. The pair made no errors in any respect and had been supreme all through, that is an unbelievable victory for them, and it has rocketed them up the championship standings. Taking into consideration Junior WRC drops a driver’s worst classification rating, Jon is in prime place for the championship heading to Rally Spain. Sami Pajari had fairly a battle on his arms with this rally, however he dug deep after struggling on Friday morning, placing in a mature drive and claimed a effectively earned second place. In an identical place, Robert Virves has come again from Rally Estonia and actually impressed me along with his tarmac pace, particularly for an Estonian driver, his preparation actually paid off for this one. William Creighton and Liam Regan actually impressed me too on Ypres, regardless of their difficulties, they delivered some actually good occasions, William’s angle and willpower was very admirable. We at the moment are heading to our closing spherical of the championship with double classification factors on provide and the possibility to win a brand-new Fiesta Rally2, 200 Pirelli tyres and the chance of a lifetime! It’s going to be an unbelievable battle and I actually can’t wait!”
1. Jon Armstrong / Phil Corridor 02:51:55.4
“It’s been a very good weekend all spherical we didn’t know what it was going to be like this weekend as a result of the rally is new for almost all of driver in Junior WRC. Fortunately we had been actually quick out of the blocks we pulled an enormous lead on day one. Then the remainder of the rally we’ve got been making an attempt to handle that. It’s simply been very troublesome at the moment particularly. Whenever you begin to try to go gradual it’s laborious to maintain a rhythm and focus nevertheless it’s unbelievable to win and good for the championship.”
2. Sami Pajari / Marko Salminen +01:00.6
“For positive it was an enormous problem and for me it was a fair larger problem. I believe Jon actually deserved the win, however I believe he was extra acquainted with the phases. I’m actually completely happy for my second place so it wasn’t too dangerous after so I ought to be pleased with myself.”
3. Robert Virves / Aleks Lesk +01:21.7
“The sensation was good, and I used to be simply driving within the snug rhythm foremost aim was to complete and achieve the kilometres to get as a lot as expertise as doable, it’s a novel rally that’s removed from straightforward. I used to be doing it as preparation for the longer term. The occasions weren’t so dangerous both it was good to be on the rostrum once more after some fairly huge points.”
4. Lauri Joona / Mikael Korhonen +01:47.8
“It was very difficult race and for Finnish guys it’s fairly powerful, but additionally I prefer it. Levels had been actually slim particularly with the cuts.”
5. William Creighton / Liam Regan +03:31.9
“Good rally, with spectacular tempo particularly on at the moment’s phases because it was new for everybody at the moment. It’s a disgrace in regards to the difficulty on Friday nevertheless it was outdoors of our management, we had been actually completely happy to point out our tempo with seven stage wins and effectively executed to Jon.”
6. Martins Sesks / Renars Francis +71:29.7
“I believe it’s the most disappointing rally that I’ve realized probably the most from, which is the toughest a part of the rally.”