Experience the finish on Pajari’s WRC2 stakes

The 20-year-old Finn is defending his Junior WRC crown this season but will drive a Toksport-prepared Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo in his home WRC race next week.

It is his second outing in the WRC’s main support category and follows June’s Rally Italia Sardegna where he finished an impressive fifth overall.

Despite his Italian success, Pajari is determined not to get drawn into stupid battles. Instead, he wants to get as much experience as possible from the Jyväskyla-based encounter.

“We’ve always had some rough plans since the beginning of the year that if everything goes well we might try some rallies with Rally2,” he told WRC.com. “But the main focus this year is on the Junior WRC – and always will be.

The Junior WRC remains the main focus

“The most important thing is to try to gain experience and maybe next year we can do more with the Rally2 car. I mean, we were fifth in Sardinia and that was a great result to be honest – we should be really happy with that.

“In Finland I wouldn’t say it’s better if I don’t look at the results, but I just want to get a natural feel to the ride and then maybe we’ll see some good stage times again.

“I try not to think about it too much and I just want to enjoy driving and go as fast as possible – that’s the main point,” he added.

Pajari shares the lead of the Junior WRC series with Ulsterman Jon Armstrong. One run remains at the EKO Acropolis Rally Greece (September 9-12), where double points will be awarded.

“The junior championship is looking very, very close now,” he mused. “Now we only have one lap left and a few other guys who can win the championship so it’s really exciting for the final rally.

“Somehow it feels very natural to switch between the Rally3 and Rally2 cars. At the moment I’m just looking forward to being back in Finland for my home rally.”

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