Cutting to the chase ahead of Ypres Rally
10 August 2021
Jon Armstrong is preparing to start the business end of Junior WRC this season. The title fight hits its penultimate round - Belgium’s Ypres Rally. It's Armstrong's first asphalt rally since his debut Rally4 win on Croatia Rally earlier this year.
Back to tarmac
It's all about the cuts
“People always talk about the cuts in Ypres. Some of them are quite deep and cambered. You have to watch out for the ditches as you can’t afford to slip into one of those. Also, the four-wheel-drive cars in front of us will pull out loads of gravel which we will have to be wary of.”
How things stand
A runner-up finish on July’s Rally Estonia put the Codemasters DiRT Rally Team 15 points behind overall leader Sami Pajari. Double points on Rally Spain’s finale leaves the Junior WRC battle wide open.
JWRC's business end
“For us having a retirement in Portugal means we need to continue having a strong run. I don’t necessarily think we need to win the rally to win the championship. We just want to do the best we can and if we get a win that would be great."
Action starts on Friday 13th August as the famous asphalt rally makes its WRC debut. The iconic occasion will be marked with an iconic finish. The Power Stage is based on a circuit steeped in motorsport history - Spa-Francorchamps.
The lowdown on Ypres
“I just want to thank each one of my sponsors and supporters who have made this whole journey possible. We have two big rallies coming up so thanks to those who are driving our campaign forward behind the scenes.”
Junior WRC standings
1. Pajari / Salminen 2. Sesks / Francis 3. Armstrong / Hall 4. Joona / Koponen 5. Koci / Tesinsky 6. Creighton / Regan
71 pts 67 56 40 34 28