Koči claims JWRC runner-up spot by winning Wales Rally GB

by Umar Hassan

Martin Koči claimed his maiden win in both WRC3 and Junior WRC categories at the 2016 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.

Koči led from start to finish to record a dominant first WRC3 and Junior WRC win on the Welsh gravel.

With that win in Wales means that the Slovakian is the 2016 Junior WRC Championship runner-up.

Simone Tempestini finished over two minutes behind Koči in second, but that was enough for the Italian to claim the 2016 WRC3 Championship, which adds to his Junior WRC Championship that he won prior to this rally.

Credit: @World Photography/Citroën Racing

Credit: @World Photography/Citroën Racing

Yohan Rossel claimed the final podium spot on the Welsh gravel in third, whilst Vincent Dubert completed the finishers in the WRC3 and Junior WRC class.

Koči said about his win in Wales “It’s been a perfect weekend for us, since we led from start to finish. I’m very happy to win this rally and also to finish as runner-up in the FIA Junior WRC.

“My only frustration comes from having missed one rally. If it hadn’t been for that, I think I might have given Simone a run for his money! This season has enabled me to show my speed and I’m now thinking about the future.

“I hope I can move up another level. We’re going to work on some things to try and compete in WRC2 next year.”

Tempestini added “After the FIA Junior WRC, my goal was to add the WRC3 title to my record. At the start of the rally, I was able to keep pace with Martin, but my brake problems forced me to back off on Saturday morning.

“Right to the end, I wasn’t sure about the WRC3 title, because it depended on the results of other drivers. I’m very pleased to have obtained this additional goal and I can’t wait to contest the 2017 season with Citroën Racing.”

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