Saturday | 21 May 2022

Finn Pajari set to extend WRC3 championship lead

Sami Pajari is poised to take his second WRC3 victory of the season after remaining unchallenged in the class on Saturday at Vodafone Rally de Portugal.

Friday's drama across the field meant that Pajari carried a huge 3min 38.5sec lead into the penultimate day and he understandably took no risks.

The Finn didn’t win a single one of the day’s seven speed tests but still managed to stretch his lead, eventually ending 4min 37.7sec clear of Lauri Joona.

Lauri Joona is ready to capitalise should Pajari have any issues on the final day

William Creighton restarted after being sidelined by punctures on Friday. The Irishman racked up several stage wins but trailed Joona by over 30min to complete the all-M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally3 leaderboard. 

Mcrae Kimathi retired for the second time in as many days with mechanical gremlins on the opening test.

  • Full coverage from Vodafone Rally de Portugal is available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.