Finland’s Juha Rytkonen will race for Ferratum Team in the final rounds of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship, and following his debut podium in round three at the World RX of Finland in Kouvola, he has high hopes.
Rytkonen was signed up by Ferratum Team after his incredible World RX debut with GRX SET in round three, where he finished on the podium at his home track. He planned to make his first appearance with Ferratum Team at Catalunya-Barcelona last weekend but engine problems experienced by Finland’s Jani Paasonen in the Riga-Latvia weekend kept the team’s Ford Fiesta on the sidelines.
The team is now working on racing in the Spa World RX of Benelux (21-22 November) and the World RX of Germany (12-13 December).
“My expectations for the Kouvola race were to gain experience and have a clean race. One of the targets was to gain experience in working with a professional team, but reaching a spot on the podium exceeded all of our expectations. I got a phone call after the Sunday race in Kouvola and Ferratum Team asked my plans for the future and possibilities of working together. That's were it started and since then we have been working together. I joined the team in Riga, which was great to see how the team really works. It was valuable experience for us all,” said Rytkonen.
Ferratum Team is planning more test sessions before the upcoming races. “We have already done few days of testing. Before the races in Belgium and Germany we'll have some testing as well. I have a great feeling to drive with the Fiesta. Even though we have experienced some new tracks, the car has given me a lot of confidence. Of course there are some differences between the Hyundai [i20, that he drove in Kouvola] and Fiesta but you have get used to all of these things. I hope we can have clean races in Belgium and Germany and at least reach the semi-final places.”
Rytkonen has also recently tested Ferratum Team’s newly acquired all-electric Projekt E Ford Fiesta ERX that was raced at Riga-Latvia by Latvia’s Janis Baumanis. “It was very powerful and exciting to drive. It has been great to be able to have the possibility to test the electric car. For sure this will be the future of motorsports. Generally, the driving experience is at the same level compared to World RX Supercars. At the moment the Projekt E car is heavier compared to the World RX Supercar and it makes the driving a bit different, but on the other hand you have a great amount of power and torque in the Projekt E car.”