Mille Johansson secured his fourth consecutive podium finish in four races as the FIA Junior European Rally Championship took place this weekend in Estonia. Along with co-driver Johan Grönvall, Mille extended his lead in the championship standings ahead of the final two rallies.

Mille and Johan arrived in Estonia after two consecutive wins, the most recent being on home soil in Sweden. Although the feeling wasn’t quite there on the fast and challenging gravel roads of Rally Estonia, they remained in contention for a podium finish.

Heading into the final stage, Mille and Johan were second in the Junior ERC class with their Opel Corsa Rally4 from the IKsport Racing team. However, a spin caused them to drop to third place at the finish.

“The rally in Estonia is probably the one we are least satisfied with this year. The feeling I had in the previous races just wasn’t there, mostly because the roads were rutted and you could only drive in the ruts, which caused the car to be thrown around in every turn,” says Mille.

“Additionally, I made three mistakes over the weekend that cost us a lot of time. On the last stage, we spun and lost 14 seconds, which resulted in a third-place finish instead of second.”

Despite this, Mille and Johan collected many valuable points in the fight for the championship title, extending their lead in the standings to 30 points.

“It has been a weekend with very tough roads and highly variable weather. One moment it’s bright sunshine and dry roads, and suddenly it turns and there are downpours like I haven’t seen in a long time. Estonia has a very unique character to its roads. It twists and jumps all the time, while also being incredibly fast. We came here to extend our lead in the championship, and we did that,” summarizes Johan.

“To sum up, Estonia wasn’t the best race of the year, but we still managed to extend our championship lead, which was the goal for the rally. Now we’re putting a lot of focus on the next round and hoping for better results there,” concludes Mille.

The FIA Junior European Rally Championship now takes a summer break until the weekend of August 30 to September 1, when the asphalt rally Rali Ceredigion in Wales awaits. The final round, also on asphalt, will be held in Poland from October 11-13.