Creighton stops as Armstrong punctures

By Adam Hall

21 May 2021

Junior WRC woes

Northern Irish drivers Jon Armstrong and William Creighton held an impressive Junior WRC 1-2 in Portugal this morning. But driveshaft failure stopped Creighton on SS5 while Armstrong lost over four minutes with a puncture on the next test. Creighton should return tomorrow under SuperRally rules.


A problematic puncture

Armstrong was left to rue Rally Portugal's sixth stage. His Ford Fiesta Rally4 fell off its jack twice on the rough terrain while Armstrong and Hall replaced a punctured wheel. It brought an end to their string of four fastest times.


Junior WRC after Day 1


1. Pajari / Salminen 2. Koci / Tesinsky 3. Sesks / Francis 4. Armstrong / Hall 5. Virves / Pruul 6. Creighton / Regan

1:36:35.1s +25.7 +44.5 +3:55.9 +7:30.4 DNF

Top ten McErlean

Josh McErlean has completed his first day on Rally Portugal in WRC 3's top ten. The young Motorsport Ireland driver has shown his consistency as he picks up as much WRC experience as possible. Chris Ingram is third in WRC 3.


Tanak snatches lead

Ott Tanak claimed the rally lead on SS7 when his Hyundai team-mates hit trouble. Theirry Neuville rolled his i20 WRC after an optimistic pacenote led his right-rear wheel into a bank. Dani Sordo lost his lead with a stall and shot tyres costing him over 20 seconds.


WRC after Day 1


1. Tanak / Jarveoja 2. Evans / Martin 3. Sordo / Rozada 4. Katsuta / Barritt 5. Ogier / Ingrassia 6. Rovanpera / Halttunen

1:22:35.0s +6.0 +9.0 +15.4 +24.0 +28.9

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