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Sat 26 Feb 2022

Armstrong topples Joona for late junior lead

Jon Armstrong piled the pressure on Lauri Joona to swoop into the FIA Junior WRC top spot late on Saturday at Rally Sweden.

The Ulsterman started the day 7.7sec down on his M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally3 rival, but moved in front after going 8.0sec quicker on the Brattby opener. 

Joona reclaimed the position after snatching back 5.8sec on the following two speed tests before Armstrong began reeling him in again in the afternoon.

It all came down to the final stage, and Armstrong emerged on top after setting the fastest time. After 208km of flat-out action just 3.5sec split the pair. 

“It’s been crazy,” said Armstrong. “I got into a better rhythm this afternoon than I did in the morning and I really tried to neaten up my driving. 

“It’s nice to be leading,” he continued. “I wasn’t expecting that when I came here, so I’m really happy and we’re having fun.”

Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy youngster William Creighton remained on course for his maiden Junior WRC podium 1min 17.3sec adrift of the leaders, whilst East African debutant Mcrae Kimathi ended fourth.

Sami Pajari and Robert Virves restarted after their Friday retirements and held fifth and sixth respectively. Although almost 50min back from the lead, Pajari won five of the six special stages.  

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