Junior World Rally Championship Check In

June 15, 2024Joe Moore

The Junior World Rally Championship season is halfway through. Let’s check in on the championship and see where everything sits. 

Championship Rundown 

Estonian Romet Jürgenson leads the Junior WRC championship with two events to go in the season. Jürgenson has one event win under his belt, winning in Croatia. He also finished second in Sweden to kick off the year. Diego Dominguez Jr. sits second in the championship. Dominguez finished second in the championship last year and has one win under his belt so far this season. Taking the class win in Sardinia earlier this month. Dominguez sits just 25 points behind Jürgenson. Australian Taylor Gill is third in the championship, just one point behind Dominguez. Gill has yet to win an event although he finished second in Croatia. 

A Close Battle

Once again this Junior World Rally Championship season will be a close battle until the end. As just 26 points separate first from third in the championship and all three drivers have the skill to win. Rally Finland and EKO Acropolis Rally Greece will be the final events for the Junior Championship. Both will push drivers to their limits for different reasons. Finland’s speed often catches drivers out with its unforgiving nature. While the rough gravel stages of Greece reward those who respect the stages. It is also worth mentioning only 4 of the 5 events count towards the championship, only one of the top three drivers in the championship has scored at every event. That lone driver is Taylor Gill. Jürgenson finished fourteenth in Sardinia and Domiquiez retired in Sweden. 

Are There Any Dark Horse Contenders? 

After the top three, the championship really starts to spread out. Sure Millie Johanson sits one point behind Gill, but Johanson has only competed in Rally Sweden. Norbert Maior sits fifth in the championship, 5 points behind Gill and 31 points behind Jürgenson. Outside of that nobody sits in a realistic spot to take the championship lead and ultimately the championship.