Secto Rally Finland has been included in the FIA Junior WRC 2024 calendar after the one-make series’ season was announced.

Open to drivers aged up to 30 and driving Ford Fiesta Rally3 Evos prepared by M-Sport Poland, the Junior WRC calendar for 2024 boasts five iconic rallies spread across a variety of surfaces.

A major change for the new campaign is the return of the legendary Secto Rally Finland with its lightning-fast roads and stomach-churning jumps. Not used in Junior WRC since 2019, the gravel event forms round four and takes place from 1 – 4 August.

The season starts slightly further north in the snowy countryside of Rally Sweden. Based in the university town of Umeå, the 15 – 18 February fixture will likely witness several crews’ ice-driving debuts but, thanks to Pirelli’s studded Sottozero tyres, traction will not be a worry.

A completely different challenge awaits at Croatia Rally (18 – 21 April), which hosts the only all-asphalt test of the year. Blind crests, fast corners and a surface which varies from smooth to badly broken will demand ultimate pace note precision.

Rally Italia Sardegna (30 May – 2 June) requires a unique approach with its soft and sandy gravel surface that becomes rougher as each car passes. The Mediterranean counter has served up endless Junior WRC drama in recent years and requires a tactical approach.

EKO Acropolis Rally Greece (5 – 8 September), taking in famous stages such as Tarzan and Bauxites, again forms the season decider and boasts the additional allure of double classification points.

The eventual champion will not only join a roll of honour which includes the likes of Sébastien Loeb and Thierry Neuville, but they will also receive a career-defining prize package featuring four fully-funded WRC2 drives in an M-Sport Fiesta Rally2 in 2025, plus 200 Pirelli tyres and full pre-event test day before each event.

Source:  Read More 

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *