Jon Armstrong: NI driver hired for Junior WRC return

Jon Armstrong finished second in the Junior WRC in 2021

Northern Ireland’s Jon Armstrong is set to return to the World Rally Championship in 2022 after securing late support for a drive.

Armstrong, 26, will compete in Junior WRC after finishing second in the series last year.

He will be joined by new co-driver Brian Hoy, who has had Junior WRC experience with fellow Northern Irishman Callum Devine since 2018.

The Junior WRC season starts in Sweden from 24th to 28th February.

Croatia, Estonia and Portugal make up the calendar ahead of the finals in Greece in September.

“I’m happy to say I’ll be back in Junior WRC this year after a great effort over the past week,” Armstrong posted on social media after a late plea to help him fund the season to secure.

“Thank you for the very positive reception of my post earlier in the week which helped me gain more support for this season.

“It was amazing to see how many of you wanted to donate money via crowdfunding. We will be looking at ways you can get involved in any way as I’m sure it would really help me and I would love you to feel much closer to my journey.

There is still a lot of work to do in the coming weeks to get it all done, but now things are looking very positive.”

Josh McErlean from Northern Ireland will start its seven rounds of WRC2, the second division of the series, in Sweden.

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