Junior WRC – Title battle tighten in Ypres

The penultimate spherical of the 2021 FIA Junior WRC Championship hits the flat-out asphalt roads of Ypres Rally Belgium this week as the subsequent stars of the FIA World Rally Championship bid for his or her likelihood to win an EcoBoost-powered Fiesta Rally2.

Junior WRC 2021 - Sami Pajari / M. Salminen

The Belgian traditional, which has been working for over 50 years, is predicted to offer the right battle floor for the vastly aggressive Junior WRC discipline which has seen three totally different winners from three rounds of the championship up to now this season. Including to the problem and ability wanted to grasp this rally, Ypres itself can ship unpredictable and changeable climate on certainly one of Europe’s most difficult sealed floor rallies.

Ypres Rally Belgium is made up of a collection of tight asphalt roads lined by ditches that drivers will likely be eager to keep away from, particularly these combating for the highly-coveted FIA Junior WRC Championship and an opportunity to win their very own Ecoboost-powered Fiesta Rally2. The ultimate leg of the rally guarantees a dramatic end to the championship battle on the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit, dwelling to Method One’s Belgian Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Spa endurance race and the Spa World Rallycross of Benelux for the second time in 2021.

Three gruelling days of fierce competitors over 300 aggressive kilometres await this yr’s crews, all in equivalent, Pirelli shod M-Sport Poland-built Ford Fiesta Rally4 vehicles. For Ypres Rally Belgium Pirelli is offering Junior WRC crews with 16 P Zero RA7+ (intermediate moist), 12 P Zero RA5 (laborious) and 12 Cinturato RWB (moist) with a most allowance off 22 tyres for the rally together with shakedown. When it comes to tyre technique, Ypres presents a problem with not a lot grip, plenty of cuts and consequently a number of mud introduced out onto the highway after the reduce making it very slippery. Friday night time additionally sees the Junior WRC crews head out with lamp pods fitted for a loop of night time levels which would require further consideration to element with their pace-notes and full religion within the co-driver’s calls. Ought to it rain throughout Friday night’s levels the situations may show to be essentially the most testing of the Junior WRC season, with extremely restricted visibility and grip.

Maciej Woda, FIA Junior WRC Championship Supervisor, mentioned: “It’s nice to be heading to Belgium for WRC’s first ever  Ypres Rally Belgium, it is without doubt one of the most iconic rallies on the calendar and a incredible alternative for our Junior WRC crews. Ypres Rally Belgium is a really particular rally that has retained a lot of its character over time and watching our crews navigate the tight and technical roads all through West Flanders will likely be an thrilling prospect. The traits of the rally rewards the expert drivers which have put the laborious work in and are actually ready, on the similar time for these not bringing their A-game it might probably punish them laborious. The night time levels are definitely going to be fascinating and it’s a nice alternative for our crews from a studying goal as driving levels at midnight is a very totally different beast that requires a number of confidence.”

#54 Sami Pajari / Marko Salminen
“I’m wanting ahead to this rally, I used to be aggressive in Croatia so let’s see what the roads of Ypres will likely be like. It’s a brand new feeling, okay it’s not modified that a lot however it’s a distinct kind of feeling nonetheless.”
#55 Martins Sesks / Renars Franics
“I feel the consistency on this rally would be the key, for certain will probably be good if consistency comes with some stage factors that’s helpful for the championship however I really feel no stress.”
#56 Jon Armstrong / Phil Corridor
“We’re simply gonna sere the way it feels, attempt to get a superb rhythm and see how the rally is growing, attempt to handle the rally. That’s what we did in Croatia, we tried to be sensible so let’s see what this occasion brings.”
#57 Lauri Joona / Mikael Korhonen
“I’ve a superb rally in Croatia so we’ll attempt proceed from there. We had a check rally the weekend earlier than in Belgium I feel we will do a superb job.”
#58 William Creighton / Liam Regan
“It’s positively good to return to a rally that you simply’re acquainted with. As I mentioned earlier than the rally, the drivers of this championship are of such a excessive calibre that it’s not going to make it simpler by any means however for certain it’s a little bit of a confidence increase.”
#59 Robert Virves / Aleks Lesk
“Proper now I feel its about getting the expertise on WRC occasions, the result’s what it’s so I simply need to exit and get a superb feeling whereas having fun with this course of.



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