FIA World Rally ChampionshipJunior WRC

2019 Junior WRC – Tannert Secures Last Ditch Corsica Win

2 Mins read
Photo Credit: FIA Junior WRC.

Julius Tannert took the win after a superb comeback drive in the second round of the 2019 FIA Junior WRC after leapfrogging Tom Kristensson on the final stage of the Tour de Corse.

Tannert had been battling with both Kristensson and Dennis Rådström early in the event, but a spin on SS7 saw him drop a minute behind the leaders before he began an inspired comeback throughout the rest of the weekend.

The German’s troubles meant the leading duo kept fighting ahead of him and all three drivers took stage wins throughout the three-day event and a stunning stage time on SS9 saw him take almost 30 seconds out of Rådström’s lead alone.

Despite leading the class from the second stage of the event right up until the final stage on Sunday afternoon after early leader Jil Solans suffered a puncture on SS2, Kristensson lost out to Tannert by just 1.9 seconds overall following another stage winning time by Tannert on the final stage of the rally; 6.1 seconds quicker than his Swedish rival.

Tom Kristensson finished second in the Junior WRC.
Photo Credit: Jaanus Ree/RedBull Content Pool.

A delighted Tannert said on his win: “Just an amazing feeling to be honest, it’s like a dream come true for me. It’s just a brilliant result with such a tough fight.”

“Big thanks to Dennis and Tom for such a competitive and hard fight, it was really great to do this in Junior WRC. We lost one minute on Saturday morning and thought everything was over but we didn’t give up and gave everything on the last stage.”

Kristensson’s second place finish means he retains the championship lead after round two ahead of Solans and he commented on his weekend: “I am extremely happy with my results and really proud of how I am handling it because it’s a really strange and intense situation. There were a lot of things to take care of to finish this rally which is our main objective.”

Behind Rådström, Solans was another man to produce a comeback drive as he recovered to fourth by the final stage on Sunday afternoon, with the Spaniard winning a total of six stages.

British driver Tom Williams competed the top five, although he was over six and a half minutes behind leader Tannert. The JWRC field in Corsica was completed by Roland Poom, Raul Baiu, Enrico Oldrati, Nico Knacker and Fabrizio Zaldivar.

Round three of the 2019 Junior WRC takes place as part of Rally Italia Sardegna between June 13-16.

Related posts
FIA World Rally ChampionshipWRC2WRC3

Rallye Monte-Carlo: Day 1 - Tänak leads the way as Suninen crashes out

6 Mins read
2019 WRC champion Ott Tänak put the drama of the 2020 edition of Rallye Monte-Carlo behind him to set the pace on the opening day of the 2021 season.
FeaturesFIA World Rally ChampionshipWRC2WRC3

PREVIEW: 2021 FIA World Rally Championship - Rallye Monte Carlo: Ogier Looks For Title Number Eight

5 Mins read
The 2021 FIA World Rally Championship gets underway this weekend in Monte Carlo and Steven Batey looks at the contenders for the opening win of the season.
FIA World Rally ChampionshipWRC2WRC3

SEASON REVIEW: 2020 FIA World Rally Championship - A Familiar Winner of an Unfamiliar Season

8 Mins read
Steven Batey looks back at a unique 2020 FIA World Rally Championship where Sebastien Ogier took his seventh title win.

Leave a Reply