Tough Portugal test up next for Armstrong
17 May 2021
Junior WRC points leader Jon Armstrong will not rest on his laurels from Croatia Rally as he faces a new challenge in Rally Portugal. The formidable gravel event features three days of 337 competitive stage kilometres.
Junior WRC - Rd 2
A new challenge
Armstrong knows the stages he will face in Portugal couldn’t be more different to Croatia’s asphalt roads. His methodical approach will remain the same, however, and DiRT Rally driver reckons Portugal’s rough terrain might suit his stage-by-stage driving style.
The Portugal plan
"I think a similar approach to Croatia will be beneficial in Portugal as it’s quite a tough rally on the car. You need to get through the stages as quick as you can but also as safe as you can. There are a lot of things we can improve on so I look forward to implementing them.”
After their 33-second victory on Rally Croatia, Armstrong and Hall top the Junior WRC standings. Martins Sesks is their nearest rival, nine points behind. “That performance gives me confidence that I can win events and I think we can only get better building on that"
Armstrong finished fourth on his only other visit to Rally Portugal. His rally was hit by punctures but the result proved the value of fighting on in the arduous event. Watch out for rocks, jumps, tarmac sections, and tyre wear this weekend!
Eyes on Portugal
Junior WRC standings
1. Armstrong / Hall 2. Sesks / Francis 3. Pajari / Salminen 4. Joona / Koponen 5. Koci / Tesinsky 6. Creighton / Regan
27 pts 18 17 16 15 10