Sunday | 23 Oct 2016

Tempestini eyes a second title in Wales

Newly-crowned Junior WRC champion Simone Tempestini will have a second title in mind when he contests the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB next week (27 - 30 October).

After securing the Junior title at the Tour de Corse earlier this month, the Italian will be aiming to collect enough points to add the FIA WRC-3 Championship trophy to his 2016 haul.

Currently leading the WRC 3 standings by 14 points from Michel Fabre and Fabio Andolfi, Tempestini must leave Wales with an advantage of at least 26 points to guarantee the title before the final WRC 3 counter in Australia, which he will not contest.

Either way, Tempestini can count on a six-race WRC-2 programme next year behind the wheel of a DS 3 R5 - his prize for winning the Junior title.

Having begun in May in Portugal, the Junior WRC draws to a close in Wales, with a close battle in prospect for the runner-up spot.

Currently second in the standings, Ole Christian Veiby is unlikely to hold the position because he has switched to the WRC 2 category. And in the absence of Terry Folb, the two favourites for second place are Martin Koci and Vincent Dubert.

In 2014, Koci finished as runner-up in the FIA Junior WRC and therefore has the advantage of experience. However, Dubert, who is just five points behind Koci, has been a consistent finisher this year with five top-six finishes in as many rallies.

Yohan Rossel, who finished second in Corsica, and William Wagner complete the Junior entries for Wales.


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