WRC ORLEN 80th Rally Poland
Poland
Starts: Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 8:00:00 AM
ERC Delfi Rally Estonia
Estonia
Starts: Friday, July 5, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM
Ferratum World RX of Sweden 1
Sweden
Starts: Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM

Fri 21 Oct 2022

Joona strikes first in WRC3 title showdown

Lauri Joona overcame a slow start to build a 16.5sec advantage over Jan Černý by the end of Friday's opening leg in WRC3 at RallyRACC - Rally de España.

Arriving to Salou on Spain's west coast, Černý and Joona were tied on points with two wins and two runner-up results apiece, setting up a winner-takes-all showdown.

Czech driver Černý delivered the first blow in the all-Ford Fiesta Rally3 category, claiming the opening stage by 16.1sec. However, Joona wasted no time in biting back, winning the next six stages before the final test of the day was red-flagged.

The pairing have opened a healthy gap over the remainder of the field with Paraguayan youngster Diego Dominguez 1min 32sec behind Joona and 4min 54sec ahead of Zoltan László, who rounds out the field.