Q&A with Jon Armstrong

Jon Armstrong’s early ERC Junior pace on the Circuit of Ireland Rally was rewarded with the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy. We caught up with the young Northern Irish Peugeot 208 R2 driver, ahead of his first trip to SATA Rallye Açores.

What are your thoughts, ahead of your first SATA Rallye Açores?

“I think it will be a very difficult rally for us because it is a rally like no other. The roads look insane from all the Eurosport coverage I’ve watched from previous years! So for our first time there, it will be very challenging – but we plan to enjoy it.”

How much experience on gravel do you have with the Peugeot?

“I did some testing on gravel before Latvia, but apart from that I haven’t done any proper gravel events in the Peugeot 208 R2. The car is good on gravel, it has really nice traction so we will see what we can do.”

Have you done any special training ahead of Azores? 

“I just do my usual training in the gym to keep my fitness levels up. If it is warm in the Azores, then I think it will be a tough event physically because the stages look quite technical.”

Were you happy with your new pace note system in Ireland?

“Yes, it all worked fine on the Circuit of Ireland. We had a very good pace and no big moments, so I think this shows how effective our pace notes are and our ability to make them.”