Former digital International Rally Champion Jon Armstrong has secured a go back to real-life racing within the Junior WRC.
The Northern Irishman, 25, will compete within the five-round championship along the WRC regulars.
Armstrong will power a Ford Fiesta R2 within the sequence and will likely be co-driven by way of Noel O’Sullivan.
“Being again at WRC degree used to be what I all the time sought after to do, I imagine this is the place I must be and I’m in a position to appearing there,” he stated.
“It is this kind of buzz on WRC occasions, and they’re actually tricky each bodily and mentally, I will’t wait to get began.”
After sitting out in 2014 because of budgetary problems, Armstrong moved into Eu rallying, profitable the Rookie identify within the DMACK Fiesta Trophy in 2016.
The fulfillment earned him two prize drives the next 12 months within the WRC2 magnificence, the tier underneath the principle International Rally Championship, with rounds in Germany and Spain price £50,000 every.
12 months on from his first day trip at the German asphalt, Armstrong, without a finances for genuine rallying, grew to become his consideration to eSports and gained the 2018 digital International Rally Championship.
The Fermanagh driving force simplest were given at the back of the wheel two occasions ultimate season, completing fourth at the Galway Global Rally earlier than taking victory at the Down Rally in a MINI WRC.
“My occupation turn out to be the video games business has unquestionably unfolded some doorways and alternatives for my genuine rallying occupation, that comes with changing into the eSports global champion in 2018,” stated Armstrong.
“I have been in a position to get fortify from new avenues and meet new people who find themselves keen to assist me.
“My general rally win ultimate 12 months within the mini used to be a super factor to reach and tick of my objective record.
“On the other hand again then I used to be taking a look at doing a R5 marketing campaign, issues modified and JWRC appeared like the most suitable choice to additional my occupation so we began to place issues into position with them plans as a substitute.
“I clearly wish to cross and check out to win the championship, that’s the primary objective.”