The 2016 FIA Junior WRC season continues as the competitors head up to Scandinavia for Rally Finland.
Finland is the half-way point in the 2016 JWRC season, which is contested on six European rounds before concluding in Wales for Rally GB in October.
Current JWRC leader Simone Tempestini currently leads the Drivers’ Standings with 50 points by virtue of his two previous wins in Portugal and Poland. After winning in Poland last time out, the Italian intends to keep his rich vein of form for Finland despite crashing out in the rally last year.
Tempestini’s nearest rival is Terry Folb in second, 17 points behind the championship leader. The Frenchman has driven intelligently all season, but knows that he has to raise his game if he’s to win in Jyväskylä this weekend and close the gap to the Italian in the standings.
Completing the last of the top three drivers in the standings is Norway’s Ole Christian Veiby in third, 8 points behind Folb in second and a further 25 points behind the leader Tempestini. Veiby has performed well on this rally before, finishing third last year. The Norwegian is aiming for victory in the fast-flowing Finnish stages this year.
Meanwhile, in WRC2, four out of the 20 competitors will be fielding Citroën DS 3 R5 cars. Reigning JWRC Champions Quentin Gilbert and Renaud Jamoul will be contesting their fifth rally of the season with the car being prepared by the DG Sport Team.
Yoann Bonato/Denis Giraudet, Emil Bergkvist/Joakim Sjoberg and Pierre-Louis Loubet/Vincent Landais will also be continuing their WRC2 campaigns in Rally Finland this weekend.
The 2016 edition of Rally Finland will take place form Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 July 2016 with the first Super Special Stage taking place in Jyväskylä.