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Virves targets dwelling glory in FIA Junior WRC

Tuesday | 12 Jul 2022

Robert Virves is hoping to interrupt his FIA Junior WRC victory duck on dwelling soil at Rally Estonia this week (14 – 17 July).


Virves, now over midway via his second full season within the one-make M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally3 collection, at the moment holds fourth within the standings. 

Although the 22-year-old has secured six podiums since debuting in Estonia in 2020, a maiden victory has at all times remained illusive. This week, he’s hoping to interrupt that development. 

Joining Virves within the automobile is Swedish co-driver Julia Thulin. The pair joined forces for ERC Rally Poland final month and used English tempo notes for the primary time ever, finally ending thirteenth total in addition to profitable their class 

“I’m wanting ahead to a very good outcome right here in Estonia,” mentioned Virves. “It is a spot the place you may’t be too sluggish – all people goes to be actually quick.


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“It is unquestionably not the best job to be quick on this rally, however we must see how we are able to handle it. We will attempt to be flat out as it will be nice to win on my dwelling occasion. 

“I’m now utilizing English tempo notes, I first used them on Rally Poland with a brand new co-driver and it went properly, so hopefully we are able to proceed like this on my dwelling rally,” he added.


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Ulsterman Jon Armstrong tops the entry and, regardless of hitting hassle within the earlier two rounds, leads the championship by a single level from Finn Lauri Joona. Joona’s compatriot Sami Pajari – winner of Vodafone Rally de Portugal – will even bid for victory. 

Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy driver William Creighton is hoping to banish all reminiscences of his Portugal retirement, whereas East African star Mcrae Kimathi completes the listing – recent from a WRC3 podium at Safari Rally Kenya. 

  • Full protection from Rally Estonia shall be out there on WRC+ All Live right here, together with each stage broadcast because it occurs in addition to key interviews, options and professional evaluation from the service park.


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