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 16 Feb 2024

Sweden’s Mighty Mille leads Junior WRC

Mille Johansson has made a dream start to his FIA Junior WRC Championship career with the category lead in the bag at the completion of Rally Sweden’s opening leg.

The 18-year-old Swedish sensation, a product of the Junior ERC Championship, moved to the head of the Junior WRC pack on SS5 and reached the overnight halt in Umeå in front by 44.8sec. He is already guaranteed four points from the weekend, having secured four Wolf Stage Win points.

 

Estonian Romet Jürgenson, a member of the FIA Rally Star quintet, is second followed by Germany’s Fabio Schwarz, Raúl Hernández from Spain, Irishman Eamonn Kelly and José Caparó, who has travelled from Peru to make his Junior WRC debut in Sweden as part of the FIA Rally Star line-up.

 

Jürgenson would have been closer to Johansson but for time lost on SS3 when a bonnet pin came loose and he had difficulty seeing where he was going.

RACB National Team-backed Tom Rensonnet, Chilean Geraldo Rosselot, Spain’s Roberto Blach and Bolivian Nataniel Bruun complete the top 10.

 

Diego Domínguez made up for his SS1 crash, which left him nursing a damaged car during Friday morning’s loop, by topping the Junior WRC times on SS8 following a double deflation on SS7. Norbert Maior, who has graduated to Junior WRC as his prize for winning the Junior ERC title in 2023, was also delayed by two damaged tyres on SS7.

 

FIA Rally Star Taylor Gill was firmly in the lead fight when two damaged tyres put the Australian out of contention on SS6.

Poland’s Jakub Matulka, a frontrunner in ERC3 last season, was fastest on SS3 and was in fifth place among the Junior WRC contenders when he crashed on SS5.

 

In challenging stage conditions caused by heavy snowfall, the 18 Junior WRC drivers who made the start all performed admirably in their identical Ford Fiesta Rally3s run by M-Sport Poland on Pirelli tyres. Bruno Bulacia was a non-starter after he damaged his Fiesta’s rollcage when he rolled on Thursday morning’s shakedown stage.

 

The battle for Junior WRC glory continues on Saturday morning when the 15.65km Vännäs test hosts the action.