Thu 28 Jul 2022

Experience the target in Pajari's WRC2 outings

Reigning FIA Junior WRC champion Sami Pajari is keeping realistic expectations for his second WRC2 start at Secto Rally Finland next week (4 - 7 August).

The 20-year-old Finn is defending his Junior WRC crown this season but will drive a Toksport-prepared Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo at his home WRC round next week. 

It marks his second outing in the WRC’s premier support category and follows on from Rally Italia Sardegna in June, where he finished an impressive fifth overall. 

Despite his Italian success, Pajari is determined not to get drawn into any silly battles. Instead, he wants to extract as much experience as possible from the Jyväskyla-based encounter. 

“We always had some raw plans from the beginning of the year that, if everything goes well, then maybe we can try some rallies with the Rally2,” he told WRC.com. “But the main focus this year has - and always will be - Junior WRC.

“The main thing is to try and get the experience and maybe next year we can do more with the Rally2 car. I mean, we were fifth in Sardinia already and that was a great result if I am honest - we should be really happy with that. 

“In Finland, I wouldn’t say it’s better that I don’t look at the results, but I just want to get the natural feeling with the driving and then maybe we can see some good stage times again. 

“I am trying not to think too much about it and I just want to enjoy the driving and go as fast as I can  - that’s the main point,” he added.

Pajari shares the Junior WRC series lead with Ulsterman Jon Armstrong. One round remains at EKO Acropolis Rally Greece (9 - 12 September), where double points are on offer. 

“The Junior championship is looking really, really tight now,” he mused. “Now we have only one round left and a few different guys who can take the championship, so it's really exciting for the last rally.

“Somehow it feels quite natural to move between the Rally3 and Rally2 cars. For now, I am just looking forward to being back in Finland on my home rally."

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