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Consistency key to Pajari's Junior success

FIA Junior WRC championship leader Sami Pajari is favouring consistency across the season over outright pace on individual rallies.

Pajari wrote himself into the Junior WRC history books at Rally Estonia last month by taking his maiden win. He chalked up six consecutive stage wins on the second day alone and eventually ended 24.1sec clear of the field after measuring his pace over the closing stages.  

The victory vaulted him to a four-point lead at the top of the standings, but the youngster was quick to point out the importance of maintaining consistency with just two rallies remaining. 

“I think for me, the best way is to have consistency over the full season,” explained Pajari.

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“Everybody is pushing hard to try and get the stage win points for the championship, so you have to be on a good pace, but it’s also important to get the finish and points from the rally.”

The Finn was lucky to finish the Croatia Rally in April when he rolled his M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally4 machine. He also suffered a number of mishaps in 2020, but was pleased to report no such troubles at round three. 

“There is a lot of things that can happen in the World Rally Championship. For me in Estonia, there were no issues with the car or with my driving. Everything was really nice,” he added.

Next month’s Renties Ypres Rally Belgium will be unknown territory for the 19-year-old. He was set to compete there in 2020 before organisers cancelled the rally due to Covid restrictions. 

“I think we have already seen that Belgium is a very different kind of event,” Pajari mused. “Let’s just say, if it rains, it will be interesting.”

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