Stats and quotes from Junior WRC drivers

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Stats and quotes from Junior WRC drivers

30.03.2021: Statistics under every driver’s identify are primarily based on Junior WRC and WRC Academy outcomes solely.




Martins Sesks / Renars Francis

Wins: 1 Podiums: 3 Stage wins: 15 Rallies: 8 First rally: Sweden 2019

Statistics under every driver’s identify are primarily based on Junior WRC and WRC Academy outcomes solely.
 

Martins Sesks / Renars Francis
 
Wins: 1            Podiums: 3      Stage wins: 15             Rallies: 8         First rally: Sweden 2019
 

A Championship contender in 2020, Martins Sesks would ultimately end runner as much as long-time rival and 2020 Junior WRC Champion, Tom Kristensson. Sesks had a tough rookie season in 2019, regardless of setting quickest stage instances on two out of the 4 rounds he contested. 2020 noticed Sesks develop with mature drives incomes him his maiden Junior WRC victory on Rally Estonia and a complete of three podium finishes whereas taking not less than one stage win on each Junior WRC spherical.
 

“We have now a three-year plan which began in Junior WRC two years in the past, the primary yr for getting used to the WRC and the expertise, it didn’t go very well however we got here again stronger final yr. I believe we had been constructing our tempo via the season and had been championship leaders till the final spherical. We are actually turning out concentrate on one goal: the very best place within the championship and actually wanting ahead to it.

The competitors is actually excessive this yr, I had some good battles with Sami final yr and he will likely be actually quick this season. I believe the opposite guys will likely be sturdy too, it is going to be actually aggressive, everybody has been the quickest man sooner or later of their careers which will even make it actually enjoyable too!”


 
Sami Pajari / Marko Salminen
 
Wins: 0            Podiums: 1      Stage wins: 21             Rallies: 5         First rally: Finland 2019

 
Sami Pajari burst onto the Junior WRC stage at simply 17 years outdated on Rally Finland in 2019, elevating eyebrows after mixing it up with the top-three and taking stage wins. The younger Finn actually stepped up on each rally in 2020, with flashes of rally successful tempo serving to him to safe the Wolf Stage Factors award with a complete of 19 stage wins. Pajari completed third within the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship, claiming the Rookie Award because of being the very best positioned rookie.

 
“I’m actually wanting ahead to beginning my second full season of the FIA Junior WRC Championship, the beginning of the yr has been profitable for us, we did two rallies and gained them each with none main points. I’ve a great feeling proper now, I believe if issues proceed like this I shouldn’t have too many issues.

 I’m feeling extra assured now, I do know the automotive and am comfy, a lot of the guys in our championship are at an identical stage too. I’m actually wanting ahead to battling once more this yr, particularly after some shut competitors with Martins final yr.”
 

Robert Virves / Sander Pruul
 
Wins: 0            Podiums: 1      Stage wins: 2               Rallies: 1         First rally: Estonia 2020
 
Robert Virves made a one-off look on Rally Estonia in 2020 and was in a position to fund his drive because of a crowd-funding marketing campaign that captured the eagerness of Estonia’s rally followers. He didn’t disappoint both, main a lot of the rally and taking everyone abruptly till  heartbreak got here by a puncture with solely three phases to go.

Virves hit again immediately with two stage wins and was in a position to declare third on his Junior WRC debut. Regardless of his disappointment, he proved greater than something that he will likely be one to look at for 2021.

 
“I’m greater than excited to find a way compete in a high-level championship akin to Junior WRC, let’s see what is going to occur! I did Rally Estonia with Junior WRC in 2020, it was a pleasant expertise, I did fairly managed drive, we tried to verify we reached the end and never make any silly errors. This yr won’t be straightforward, that’s for certain, we’re doing a preparation rally in San Remo earlier than Croatia. I’m not saying we are going to push for a win in Croatia, however you by no means know!”
 

Lauri Joona / Ari Koponen
 
Wins: 0            Podiums: 0      Stage wins: 0               Rallies: 1         First rally: Sweden 2020
 

Lauri Joona’s maiden Junior WRC podium escaped him within the closing moments of his first Junior WRC rally in Sweden 2020. The Finn made a powerful begin and was sat third with a ten second hole over fourth on the ultimate stage, then an premature puncture in torrential rain noticed him slip all the way in which to ninth.

He had confirmed to everyone watching that he has the potential for some sturdy outcomes and went on to win AKK’s Flying Finn Future Star Award. Joona is again for extra Junior WRC motion in 2021 and it’s only a matter of time earlier than his first stage win and podium comes via.
 

“I’m the 2020 Flying Finn Future Star Award winner after successful the Finnish Junior Championship final yr and it’s very nice to be part of the 2021 Junior WRC Championship. We did one spherical of Junior WRC final yr in Sweden which was an incredible expertise and received good data on how WRC occasions work.

We will likely be making an attempt for good stage instances this yr; asphalt rallying is completely new for me and I don’t have any expertise on that floor besides with gravel suspension. We attempt to get a great rhythm in Croatia and take it step-by-step. We need to get some asphalt testing earlier than Croatia however proper now there’s nonetheless snow in Finland so we should see.”
 

Raul Badiu / Rares Fetean
 
Wins: 0            Podiums: 0      Stage wins: 2               Rallies: 7         First rally: Turkey 2018
 

Badiu enters his fourth season of FIA Junior WRC, together with a cameo look on Rally Turkey for the finale of the 2018 championship. The Romanian demonstrated uncooked velocity on all three surfaces Junior WRC competed on all through 2019 posting top-three stage instances and incomes a profession better of fourth on Rally d’Italia Sardegna earlier than a horrific accident on Rally Finland.

Badiu returned to motion on Rally Sweden in 2020, taking his first stage win Torsby Dash and his second got here on the second go of the identical stage on his option to fifth total. Heading to Croatia, Badiu has expertise on related roads with performances to show it after an ERC3 podium on Rally Hungary in 2020 in an older specification automotive.
 

“I’m very excited, I’m completely satisfied to be right here prepared for the beginning of Croatia, it’s been a really tough interval with COVID and all the things. Even underneath regular circumstances it’s tough to get to those occasions however with COVID it’s even more durable so to be right here at the beginning is a large aid.

I’ve a brand new co-driver for this season, however I need to actually thank Gaby a lot for all the things on this interval of my profession all through all of the ups and downs. I felt that being it’s my final yr of Junior WRC I needed to make a change and do one thing totally different which is why I selected Rares who I’ve labored with in Romania final yr.”
 

Jon Armstrong / Phil Corridor
 
Wins: 0            Podiums: 0      Stage wins: 0               Rallies: 1         First rally: Sweden 2020
 

With a powerful rally esports profession, 2018 WRC eSports champion Armstrong isn’t any stranger to the actual world of rallying with a powerful resume heading into 2021. He has expertise on WRC occasions, proving himself as a aggressive driver in two-wheel and four-wheel drive equipment because of a high ten end in WRC 2 on Rally Spain in 2017 and two Drive D-Mack Fiesta Trophy victories in 2016.

 
“After Rally Sweden in 2020 I actually didn’t know if I used to be ever going to get the prospect once more to come back again and provides all of it one other go. I had fairly a giant crash and I’ve gotten over that however after that it was a state of affairs of ‘how can I make this occur?’ for 2021 and I’ve been engaged on getting right here ever since. It’s like a dream come true to place this bundle collectively, I can’t wait.

I believe I should be real looking and construct up my velocity once more and see the place we’re at come the top of day one in Croatia. My purpose in Croatia is simply to mattress myself again into it and take it from there. Asphalt is one in every of my favorite surfaces although I’ve had actually good outcomes on gravel too, I really feel comfy on asphalt although and I’m actually wanting ahead to getting again behind the wheel.”
 

Martin Koči / Petr Těšínský  
 
Wins: 2            Podiums: 7      Stage wins: 40             Rallies: 19       First rally: Germany 2012
 

Martin Koci’s Junior WRC profession stretches again earlier than FIA Junior WRC, when the feeder collection was often known as WRC Academy in 2012 the younger Slovakian driver made a one-off look on Rally Germany. Koci returned in 2013 to the rebranded FIA Junior WRC Championship and improved yr on yr, claiming his first Junior WRC victory in 2014.

Koci’s strongest season got here in his final Junior WRC look when he completed on the rostrum 4 instances in 2016 together with one victory and completed second within the championship to Simone Tempestini. Koci went on to contest nationwide championships in Rally2 equipment however claims he has unfinished enterprise in FIA Junior WRC!
 

“We nonetheless need to obtain some targets in WRC, to be sincere coming again was not a simple activity however Junior WRC made essentially the most sense for me. I believe we really feel we nonetheless have some enterprise to complete off on this class nonetheless, we completed third in 2014, second in 2016 however we wish to go one place higher.

I’m not the youngest however they’re the explanations I needed to come back again and I’m proud of this selection. I used to be rallying on nationwide occasions between my 2017 and now, it’s exhausting for me to say the way it will go so I’m coming to the sector with respect as I don’t know what sort of velocity I’ve now.

I’m working more durable than ever to be as aggressive as doable. We have now already began our preparation; I did a rally final yr on gravel with a Fiesta Rally4 and final week I had a primary occasion with the Fiesta Rally4 on tarmac to prepare for the championship forward.”
 

William Creighton / Liam Regan
 
Wins: 0            Podiums: 0      Stage wins: 0               Rallies: 0         First rally: Croatia 2021
 

Croatia Rally will mark William Creighton’s FIA Junior WRC rally debut as he embarks upon his first full worldwide marketing campaign away from nationwide championships within the UK and Eire. With a primarily asphalt background, Creighton is under no circumstances a stranger to gravel, his final rally win was on the identical phases that Rally GB is contested on after successful within the Junior WRC on the 2020 Cambrian Rally.

 With numerous nationwide success in earlier seasons, Creighton is trying to construct his expertise as he settles into the tempo of FIA Junior WRC.
 

“We’ve competed on a WRC occasion earlier than, on Rally GB we did the complete WRC rally for the British Rally Championship, however we needed to restart the rally on my first try. I’ve been on YouTube making an attempt to collect as many movies as I can of the roads in Croatia however watching it in your laptop computer and experiencing it are two very various things.

We’ll be doing as a lot analysis as we will heading in although. We’re comparatively inexperienced in relation to rallies outdoors of Eire and the UK however the one method you may study is to go and do them.”
 

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1     8     EST O. TÄNAK     EST M extra >>


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1     8     EST O. TÄNAK     E extra >>


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