Game developer Codemasters who are now part of Electronic Arts, announced that they have launched the ‘Codemasters DiRT Rally Team’ to compete in the real-world 2021 Junior WRC championship.
Codemasters inhouse rally consultant Jon Armstrong will take the wheel of an M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta Rally4, with professional co-driver Phil Hall handling the roadbook. The duo will make their debut appearance this April in the 2021 Junior WRC Championship Croatia rally, with Thrustmaster and the Royal Air Force as additional sponsors.
The Junior WRC is widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested series on the rally calendar. Open to drivers under 30, competitors compete in identical Ford Fiesta Rally4 cars, all supplied by M-Sport Poland, which allows for a highly competitive yet level playing field. Set across five European locations, (Croatia, Portugal, Estonia, Belgium, and Spain) the Junior WRC retains the WRC race weekend set-up with drivers tackling identical stages and routes.
Jon Armstrong, 26, turned professional in 2015 and has competed in the WRC at both Junior and WRC2 levels. Alongside working full-time at Codemasters as the rally expert, Jon is known on the esports scene, having won the 2018 Esports WRC Championship. Co-driver, Phil Hall, is an RAF reserve and ex-rally driver with several years’ experience at WRC and Junior WRC levels.
We’re excited to launch the Codemasters DiRT Rally Team, and we have high hopes for Jon and Phil in the upcoming Junior WRC season,” said Ross Gowing, DiRT Rally Game Director at Codemasters. “Working alongside Jon, I know the skill, passion and dedication he brings. He’ll have the entire studio and DiRT Rally community behind him.
I’m incredibly grateful to Codemasters for putting their faith in me, and I’m honored to be the driver for the Codemasters DiRT Rally Team,” said Jon Armstrong. “Due to lockdown, my partnership with Phil has developed through training using DiRT Rally 2.0. We can’t wait for the Junior WRC to start, and we will share our experiences with the community through a series of behind-the-scenes videos.
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