Junior WRC in Finland:
Maiden win for Ciamin
Frenchman Nicolas Ciamin scored his first FIA Junior WRC victory at Neste Rally Finland on Sunday afternoon.
He headed championship leader Nil Solans by 3min 26.5sec after a drama-filled final day. Solans’ final-stage win edged him into second ahead of Dennis Rådström, earning the Spaniard just enough points to take two more WRC 2 prize drives in 2018.
Ciamin set 11 fastest times and led for 20 of the 25 super-fast gravel stages in central Finland in his Ford Fiesta R2T. He closed the gap at the top of the championship to 26 points with two rounds remaining.
“I think this is the best event I’ve ever done,” he said. “Friday was a big battle but once I got into the lead I thought there was a chance I could do it.
“I was really happy with the performance and it was very unexpected for me to win here. Sometimes on these stages it was a little scary but if you are not scared here then you’re not going fast enough.”
Solans dropped more than three minutes on Saturday after sliding into a ditch. He battled back and jumped from fourth to second on the last stage, leap-frogging Rådström and Julius Tannert.
Rådström also lost more than three minutes on Saturday after crashing at high-speed, and he also rolled today on SS23. However, the Swede finished third, just 1.3sec behind Solans, after claiming four stage wins.
Tannert was the early leader and held the final podium place until he rolled this morning, but recovered to finish fourth. Local star Emil Lindholm was a comfortable second until a heavy accident today brought retirement. Dillon Van Way was fifth.
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