Sesks and France were third in the tenth and 12th stages of the Estonian Rally on Saturday, stage 11, which Sesks called a “very fast stage with many springboards” on his Twitter account, and he was second in stage 13.
In the 14th stage we managed to win, although the time was identical to that of Sami Pajari.
In stage 15, he was second behind the British John Armstrong, and in stage 16 – another victory in the special stage, ahead of Pajari by 1.3 seconds. He also won in the 17th special stage, overtaking Armstrong by 1.7 seconds, and in the 18th special stage, half a second ahead of Pajari.
After two days of competition, Sesks and Franci are 44.2 seconds behind the leader Pajari. The second 38.2 seconds behind the bag is Martin Kochi from Slovakia, and the third another behind him is Armstrong.
“We were the fastest junior crew in Saturday’s Rally Estonia stages. An excellent performance that gives us confidence before Sunday,” Sesks wrote in his Twitter account, mentioning that the Latvian crew had been left behind by 5.7 seconds in the second day of the race in Pajari. .
All athletes in this class start in identical Ford Fiesta Rally4 cars.
The leader in the overall standings is Latvian ex-champion Kalle Rovanpere from Finland (Toyota Gazoo), but the top three also have two Hyundai Shell Mobis pilots, Irish Craig Brin and Belgian Terry Neville, who are 50.7 and a minute behind and 20, respectively. 9 seconds. The ferret is in the 24th position.
Estonian fans were already very disappointed on Friday, when the crew of the home favorite Ota Tenaka (Hyundai Shell Mobis) withdrew from the day’s race in the morning session. The Estonian motorsport star finished the third stage with a torn tire, but in the next “dopa” he crashed and left the race on Friday after leaving the meadow, thus continuing the fight for a high-ranking position. He is currently in 32nd place in the overall standings, more than an hour behind the leader.
The last six stages will take place on Sunday.
The Latvian rally driver in the first stage of the JWRC in Croatia was second, but won the second. Prior to the Estonian stage, he was the leader of the JWRC overall standings.
The crew of the LMT Motorsport Academy Sesks / Francis are so far the only Latvian rally drivers who have climbed to the highest step of the JWRC podium. Last year, in three of the four stages of the competition, the crew finished in the top three.
After that, the race for JWRC class motorists will take place in Belgium from 13 to 15 August “but the pilots will finish the season in Spain (14-17 October).
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