Latvian rally driver Mārtiņš Sesks and co-driver Renārs Francis won third place in the World Rally Championship this weekend (WRC) Sardinian junior class, maintaining the leading position in the overall JWRC.
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It has already been reported that on Friday, the leader of the junior class overall leader Seska faced technical problems in the fourth stage of the vehicle, as a result of which the pilot was forced to withdraw from the first day of the race without going to the start in the other two “dopos”.
On Saturday, the Latvian crew returned to the track and won five of the six special stages, but in the tenth “dopa” it ranked sixth. The demonstrated performance allowed Seska’s crew to climb to the third position in the junior classification.
On Sunday, Sesks and Franci were second behind Sami Pajari in all three special stages, which allowed him to keep the third place. The victory was celebrated by the Swedish Tom Christenson from Sweden, the second with a deficit of more than 11 minutes was Paraguayan Fabricio Zaldivars, but Sesks was almost half an hour behind.
In the JWRC class, all athletes start with “Ford Fiesta“vehicles.
In the overall standings, Sesks was in the fourth tenth, but the victory was celebrated by the Spaniard Dani Sordo (“Hyundai“), who beat his teammate Terrier Neville from Belgium by 5.1 seconds, but another Frenchman Sebastian Ogier (“Toyota“).
Elfins Evans from the United Kingdom (“Toyota”), the Finnish leader, settled for the fourth place.
The theme is Suninen (“Ford”), but the sixth was last year’s champion, Estonian Ots Tenaks (“Hyundai”).
Two stages before the end of the championship, the leader with 111 points is Evans, followed by Ojie with 97 points, but Neville scored 87 points.
In the first stage of the season JWRC, Sesks and Francis in Sweden won the second place, conceding only to Tom Christenson, but in the second stage in Estonia they took Latvia’s first victory in this class. This year’s stage of the World Junior Championship is also planned in Belgium (November 19-22).
Last year, Sesk had a debut year driving a front-wheel drive Ford Fiesta R2 at the World Junior Championships. In JWRC class in 25 stages Seska’s crew managed to finish in the top three, in the stages they won three rallies.