Saturday | 01 Aug 2020

Trogen crowned Neste Rally Finland eChallenge Shootout Champion

Sami-Matti Trogen has claimed victory in the final of the Neste Rally Finland eChallenge Shootout Final over fellow Finn Sami Pajari, but by a margin closer than many would have predicted.

Trogen, who is an established eSports driver, as well as an up-and-coming rally driver as part of the Flying Finn Academy, was the firm favourite going into Saturday night’s final, following on from dominant performances in the quarter and semi-finals.

But, with tens of thousands of fans watching from home on WRC’s Facebook and YouTube channels, it was advantage Pajari early on, winning the opening Harju stage by more than two seconds.

 

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But, with tens of thousands of fans watching from home on WRC’s Facebook and YouTube channels, it was advantage Pajari early on, winning the opening Harju stage by more than two seconds.

Midway through the second and deciding stage, Ouninpohja, it appeared that Pajari’s two-second advantage would be enough to take him to victory. However, disaster would strike midway through the stage when the 2019 Flying Finn recipient put his Ford Fiesta WRC on its roof, leaving the door open for Trogen to claim a four-second victory.

Pajari will have his opportunity to exact revenge over Trogen as soon as next Saturday (8 August), with both drivers competing in the Neste Rally Finland eChallenge Motorsports Great Showdown, taking place in Jyväskylä, Finland. The event will be streamed live on WRC’s Facebook channel at 18:00 CET and  will feature, among others, WRC drivers Esapekka Lappi, Kalle Rovanperä, Teemu Suninen and Takamoto Katsuta.

 

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