Juha Rytkönen

Juha Rytkönen only debuted in rallycross in 2018, but immediately, he marked himself out as one to watch. Contesting the autocross class of the Finnish Championship, he made history by taking maximum points from the campaign, winning every single race he started to lift the laurels at the first time of asking.

Nationality FIN
Date of Birth 21 August, 1991
Birthplace Suonenjoki, Finland
Team Betomik Racing
Car Ford Fiesta
Car number 18
World RX wins 0
World RX podiums 1

 

 

Juha Rytkönen only debuted in rallycross in 2018, but immediately, he marked himself out as one to watch. Contesting the autocross class of the Finnish Championship, he made history by taking maximum points from the campaign, winning every single race he started to lift the laurels at the first time of asking.

With that box ticked, the Flying Finn stepped up to the headlining Supercar category in 2019 behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta. Notwithstanding the inevitable period of adaptation, he was once more quickly on the leading pace, and victory in the final round at Honkajoki was enough to secure Rytkönen his second title in as many years.

He continued his progression in 2020, making his international bow in World RX’s double-header at Kouvola in a GRX-SET Hyundai i20. Stunning the series regulars with his turn-of-speed to grab fourth in the intermediate standings, the Suonenjoki native went on to win his semi-final and then chase Johan Kristoffersson – on his way to his third World Championship crown – right to the chequered flag in the final, outpacing the likes of Timmy Hansen and Niclas Grönholm in the process.  

Rytkönen looked to have reached the final again the following day, only for a track limits penalty to rule him out – but his results over the course of the weekend were nonetheless enough to place him 12th in the end-of-season classification, despite only entering a quarter of the rounds. He returns to World RX in a Betomik Racing Fiesta in 2021.