Tuesday | 10 Nov 2015

Junior trio fights for podium places

Three drivers will fight for the final two places on the FIA Junior WRC podium at the last round of the season in Britain this week.

Simone Tempestini, Ole Christian Veiby and Terry Folb can all secure the runners-up spot at Wales Rally GB (12 - 15 November) behind Frenchman Quentin Gilbert, who has already secured the title with five wins from six rounds.

Tempestini (above) and Veiby (below) are separated by four points and victory would be sufficient for either to secure second place. Folb is 14 points adrift of Tempestini and needs his rivals to underperform to stand a chance of securing the runner-up position.

“We’ve shown that we’re capable of fighting at the front at each round, on every surface and we have always been quick. Experience will be an advantage in Wales. I already know this rally and I’m aiming for the win,” said Italian Tempestini.

Among the eight drivers lining up in Citroën’s DS 3 R3-MAXs is Briton Chris Ingram. The 21-year-old makes his Junior WRC debut but has competed in British and European rallies for six seasons and has the benefit of local experience.

“It’s an opportunity to measure myself against the championship’s regular drivers,” he said. “I’m not setting myself any specific goals for my debut in the FIA Junior WRC. There’s no real pressure on me, I’m just going to do my best.”

Irishman Dean Raftery returns for the first time since Portugal in May while Belgian William Wagner is another Junior WRC debutant, although the 21-year-old won his class at last month’s Tour de Corse - Rally de France.

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