Sat 20 Apr 2024

Jürgenson edges closer to maiden Junior WRC win

Romet Jürgenson tightened his grip on the FIA Junior WRC lead going into the final leg of Croatia Rally as Belgium’s Tom Rensonnet was forced to retire on Saturday.

It was another exhilarating day for young Estonian Jürgenson, who competes under the FIA Rally Star programme banner. He secured a further four Wolf Stage Win points aboard his M-Sport Poland-built, Pirelli equipped Ford Fiesta Rally3 to add to his already impressive haul from Friday.

Jürgenson now sits 2min 9.4sec clear at the top of the Junior WRC standings leaderboard after his closest rival coming into day two, Tom Rensonnet, was forced to retire. The RACB National Team-backed Belgian had won SS10 but pulled up in the following stage when his car overheated.

Australian Taylor Gill, who secured back-to-back stage wins yesterday, rose to second place following Rensonnet’s demise and showed impressive to speed to win SS14.

Gill headed Norbert Maior who, together with co-driving sister Francesca, climbed to third ahead of fourth-placed Bruno Bulacia.

There was disappointment for some of the youngsters, however, with last year’s Croatia winner Eamonn Kelly retiring in SS9 due to a coolant leak. Petr Borodin also felt Croatia’s wrath, rolling in SS13 whilst sitting inside the top five.

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