Sunday | 07 Aug 2022

Relentless Joona storms to WRC3 victory

Lauri Joona blew away his WRC3 rivals at Secto Rally Finland to secure a convincing 4min 23.8sec victory in his home round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

The FIA Junior WRC regular won all but one stage across the weekend in the all-Ford Fiesta Rally 3 category despite experiencing steering issues on both Friday and Saturday.

Already carrying a comfortable 3min 34.7sec lead over second-placed Jan Černý into Sunday, Joona did not let up his relentless push and took a clean sweep on all four of the final leg's speed tests.

His win moved him within a single point of championship leader Sami Pajari, who was contesting the WRC2 category. 

"The rally was quite okay for us," he said. "We got what we came here for and found things to develop in different areas.

Jan Černý navigated his way to second spot

"Overall, a great event. There were lots of people so thanks to all of the fans that were out there. We can't help but enjoy this," Joona added.

Henri Timonen filled the final podium spot more than 17 minutes in arrears, while FIA Junior ERC frontrunner Toni Herranen completed the leaderboard. The Finn had been outpacing Černý on Friday but plummeted down the order when he hit a rock in the penultimate leg. 

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