Jan Solans clinched the FIA Junior World Rally Championship title after winning the double-points final round at Wales Rally GB on Sunday afternoon.
Solans started Sunday’s leg with a 3min 24.4sec lead over fellow title challenger Tom Kristensson. The Spaniard opted for a steady approach as he focused on the title. This outlook paid off, as Solans, driving a Fiesta R2, arrived back at the Llandudno finish on the top step of the JWRC podium.
His prize is a brand-new Ford Fiesta R5 to compete in the WRC series next year, accompanied by a generous tyre support package.
"It feels amazing to win my first world title and hopefully 2020 will be a great year in WRC 2. I am so happy about the whole weekend,” said the new champion.
Although a puncture on Saturday cost Kristensson the chance to fight for the overall championship, he was content with his result at the end of Sunday. The Swede finished 2nd in the JWRC standings, 2min 51.7sec behind Solans. The result was good enough for Kristensson to snatch the 2019 rookie award and with that a 15,000 euros prize fund to support his JWRC campaign in 2020.
Sean Johnston enjoyed a relatively drama-free event to secure a career-best finish in third place whilst Enrico Oldrati came home a distant fourth.
Fabrizio Zalidvar rounded out the top-5, followed by American drivers Ryan Booth and Keanna Erickson-Chang who were both enjoying their JWRC debut on the muddy Welsh stages.