Armstrong up for high-speed Estonia test
12 July 2021
Jon Armstrong returns to Junior WRC for Rally Estonia’s high-speed gravel stages. Armstrong and Phil Hall step back into their DiRT Rally liveried Ford Fiesta Rally4 after sealing a Rally3 debut win on last month’s Rally Poland.
Junior WRC midpoint
The story so far
Victory on Croatia Rally marked an incredible return to rallying for Armstrong, who had barely competed in the years prior to April’s asphalt opener. A stunning start gave the pair an early lead on Rally Portugal only for two punctures and engine failure to ruin their weekend.
An Estonian challenge
"Estonia is the biggest challenge for us and a lot of the drivers were there last year and will have done the stages. "Our plan is to just go there, do the best job possible, and see where we end up at the end of the rally. To be honest that has been our motto this season."
A unique event
“The surface is quite sandy and the roads are wide and fast. There are crests and man-made jumps so it is not what we are used to in Ireland and the UK. It demands a different driving technique, it’s almost a different surface to be honest.”
Armstrong's winning Rally3 debut on Rally Poland was invaluable high-speed gravel experience for Estonia. The Junior WRC contender also tutored Ireland's Brian Brady on a private Rally4 test which will benefit both drivers going forward.
Junior WRC standings
1. Sesks / Francis 2. Pajari / Salminen 3. Armstrong / Hall 4. Koci / Tesinsky 5. Joona / Koponen 6. Virves / Pruul
46 pts 37 33 31 28 21