Tue 26 Apr 2022

Widłak gets tips from Rally3 rival Armstrong

Fiesta Rally3 pilots Igor Widłak and Jon Armstrong recently joined forces, as Armstrong helped his rival prepare for Rally Islas Canarias (12 - 14 May).

Last month, the pair were fighting for ERC3 honours at the Azores Rallye. A few weeks later, they were sharing a car during a test session in Widłak’s native Poland. 

Armstrong’s Azores outing was a one-off in preparation for his FIA Junior WRC campaign, but his pace caught the attention of Widłak, who decided he could learn a thing or two. 

“I met Jon at the Azores Rallye,” explained Widłak. “His speed was amazing. He sent me two onboards after the rally, and I decided that we need to get him in [the car] for a test.

“It was an amazing feeling to sit in the same car as him and learn all the details. He taught me a lot in the car, but the conversations on rally topics also helped me a lot. 

“Jon opened my eyes to many things; the driving line, seeing the road, speed management and car management. My perception of rallies changed quite a lot during the two days of testing,” he added. 

Widłak currently tops the ERC3 championship standings by 15 points from Kaspar Kasari, who took victory at round one. 

The 30-year-old remains happy with his progress, and told FIAERC.com that he now feels more confident on asphalt - a surface he has not previously favoured. 

“I think that we have started the season well,” he continued. “We are the class leaders - maybe it is not because of pure speed - but we have a good plan and we are implementing it. 

“We want to fight for the highest goals, and Rally Islas Canarias is the first asphalt rally of this year’s ERC. I have always felt stronger on gravel, but now we are well-prepared after the tests with Jon.” 

Lead image also by Banan Foto

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