Sami Pajari is the youngest ever champion in Junior WRC’s 20-one year ancient previous at the age of 19 years susceptible and the well-known ever Finnish driver to raise the championship.
Pajari and co-driver Marko Salminen won the Junior WRC Championship by successful Rally Spain, the final and double aspects paying spherical of the championship. The rally saw the Finnish crew recede head-to-head with their championship rivals and excelling where their competitors faltered.
It marks the Finn’s 2nd career victory in Junior WRC, alongside with his first approaching Rally Estonia this one year, which additionally saw him stable the championship lead. Pajari’s rally started on the backfoot and it regarded that he would must mount a severe project on Jon Armstrong who used to be the favourite heading to the Spanish Tarmac.
By the discontinue of Friday Pajari began to fee and used so that you simply can preserve anguish-free through Saturday to emerge with a clear lead. The Finn used so that you simply can aid his lead with some impressive drives, avoiding the competition on Sunday to raise stop dwelling the greatest prize package in rallying: A brand unusual M-Sport Fiesta Rally2, 200 Pirelli tyres, free registration for WRC2 2022 and five free entries for 2022.
Jon Armstrong used to be Pajari’s closest championship challenger in Spain and the initial favourite, he regarded heading in the right direction to dwell up to expectations, following his performance on Friday. His rally unravelled on Saturday after going off the avenue and losing over five minutes to Pajari. The Northern Irishman regrouped and delivered a group of blisteringly rapidly instances to salvage precious Wolf Stage Resolve Parts but his day would design to a sudden quit as he hit a drain on stage 11. The retirement set his championship hopes in tatters and supposed the stress used to be off Pajari to aid his lead. Armstrong would restart on Sunday in fourth, taking two stage wins earlier than finishing and taking the Wolf Stage Resolve Parts award for the most stage wins of the season.
Martins Sesks used to be in contention for the title heading to Spain but it absolutely rapidly was apparent that the Latvian used to be struggling for tempo on Friday. Saturday saw Sesks pushing laborious but his day came to a untimely discontinue when a puncture saw him recede off the avenue, negative his wheel in the technique and retiring for the day. Sesks restarted the rally on Sunday to present sixth and sigh third in the 2021 FIA Junior WRC Championship.
Lauri Joona claimed his 2nd Junior WRC podium of the season on Spain and for about a levels looked esteem he used to be in contention for the rally maintain too, trailing Pajari by genuine two seconds after stage 11. In his first elephantine Junior WRC season, Joona claimed fourth in the championship.
Robert Virves delivered some competitive instances all the design through Rally Spain and accomplished third, a puncture saw him drop a long way from the main pack where he used to be as soon as closing on Pajari’s lead. Virves’ third jam supposed he claimed fifth overall in the championship with some impressive stage instances on Rally Spain, taking a entire of 5 Wolf Stage Resolve Parts.
William Creighton looked as if it would be a seemingly contender for victory on Rally Spain but an accident on stage one rapidly set these plans to bed. Creighton took a stage maintain on Saturday to imprint he has the tempo on the vogue to securing sixth in his rookie Junior WRC season.
Maciej Woda, FIA Junior WRC Championship Manger, said: “What a attractive consequence and fulfillment for Sami and Marko! The well-known Finns to raise the Junior WRC Championship and Sami turning into the youngest ever Junior WRC champion, I procure we could well be seeing his establish plenty more in years to advance befriend. His performance this weekend has been exceptional and he is a essentially deserving champion, I essentially cannot wait to look at what he can develop in the long creep. Jon Armstrong and Phil fought admirably for the length of this rally, as soon because it was firm Jon used to be on the befriend foot we essentially saw what tempo he his salubrious of and that’s underlined by the fact he won the Wolf Stage Resolve Parts Award. I are searching for to highlight genuine how competitive Junior WRC has been this one year, every driver entered took Wolf Stage Resolve Parts at some level this one year which is largely excellent. We possess now had an incredibly proficient self-discipline and I note futures for each person entered right here in Spain. Lastly, I are searching for to thank the M-Sport Poland crew, WRC Promoter, Pirelli, Wolf and FIA for all of their laborious work and energy to issue the kind of assorted and inspiring championship. The memoir from this one year won’t be forgotten for a essentially long time.”
Sami Pajari, 2021 FIA Junior WRC Champion, said: “Here’s a essentially sizable fulfillment, I don’t know what to tell. I procure so thankful for so many contributors who made this doable. I procure it’s no longer most attention-grabbing me who deserves it, it’s many contributors additionally. Wow, genuine wow. There were so many u.s.and downs genuine in one rally so it used to be no longer so easy to actually note this coming, I was the lucky one this time. You have to dream, dream about many of things, but to this essentially occurring is one thing that doesn’t even feel genuine at the 2nd.”