Kris Meeke is very close to adding his second victory of the
season after throwing the perfect fit in the third stage of the Rally
Finland. The northern ireland has signed a hyphen offensive from the first
special and that has served to stop the test hearing for sentencing. Except
final drama, and seen what’s happened with Tanak in Poland must be careful, Meeke
you have in your hand to get a new success for Citroën. While the brand
maximizes your program’s partial, the Rally of Finland gives a fight
for the podium of five riders within 23 seconds.
The iconic ‘Ouninpohja’ served to open the third stage of the Rally of Finland, and also to make it clear that the leader of the test was not going to relax, taking advantage of his position of output and factor the cleaning of the sections. Kris Meeke signed a brilliant scratch in ‘Ouninpohja’ charging them for 13.4 seconds to Jari-Matti Latvala. Third party for its part was Ott Tanak in full comeback to get in on the fight for a final position of the podium in after this stretch was going to be the property of Andreas Mikkelsen. A joy short-lived since Mikkelsen suffered an off track that he demoted to the eighth position on the SS14.
Already at this stage the day had lived moments of anguish with the strong accident of Lorenzo Bertelli and Eric Camilli, a mishap that in the case of Italian just with the bones of his co-driver Simone Scattolin, in the hospital as a precaution. These two incidents and the small departure of Sébastien Ogier, that with problems in the brakes you have opted for a touch of attention of the promoter of the WRC leaving behind Tanak, marked by a morning in which the winners were Craig Breen and Hayden Paddon, third, and fifth to the end of the loop morning.
With the announcement of the renewal of the Rally of Finland for two seasons, the pilots of the WRC is returning to face ‘Ouninpohja’, even if the script did not change in excess in relation to the first pass. Scratch of Kris Meeke and all kinds of penalties for Andreas Mikkelsen, very hurt by his position output. Much better things were going to Ott Tanak after suffering two punctures along the morning I got mark a pace enviable that we went back to get fully in the fight by the third position of the podium, a great attraction of the test.
While Kris Meeke was handed the scratch with Sébastien Ogier in the loop evening to close the day with a 41 second advantage over Jari-Matti Latvala, resigned to not getting his third consecutive victory in front of his fans. However, the fight for the above mentioned last step of the podium recrudecía face to the last day of the rally. Although in this battle without a doubt the name itself was Ott Tanak, who managed to move from the seventh position to the fourth in the SS18 state road, a position which he maintained until the end of the day without suffering any more setbacks.
All in all, Craig Breen, Ott Tanak, Thierry Neuville, Hayden
Paddon and Mads Ostberg are separated by 23 seconds in the absence of 34 kilometres
timed the final day. Five candidates to reach the podium with
much to gain and little to lose in general. Behind all
them, Andreas Mikkelsen has lost a great opportunity to get close to Ogier
in the championship, since the first error of a lump of Ogier in the season
will be answered by the Norwegian with a good swag of points. For his part,
zone of points close Esapekka Lappi and Teemu Suninen.
The two drivers who occupy the ninth and tenth position are to
the time the great protagonists of the second category in the world championship, although the
duel has a clear favorite. Esapekka Lappi is leading WRC2 after amassing a
advantage of 46.9 seconds on Teemu Suninen. In fact, the young rider has
had to raise the pace in the final stages of the day to defend themselves
the attacks of a combative Pontus Tidemand. Elfyn Evans occupies the fourth
position after beating Karl Kruuda and Henning Solberg throughout the day.
tighter is the World Junior championship with Ole Christian Veiby
as a leader with 15 seconds ahead of Simone Tempestini. In the third
position without making much noise, but knowing how to manage your advantage has
placed the young local rider Juuso Nordgreen. Finally, in the Drive DMACK
Fiesta Trophy everything is in favor of Max Vatanen. The son of the champion of the WRC
you have 49 seconds ahead of Bernardo Sousa, while Osian Pryce has
lost almost 50 minutes after suffering a multitude of problems during the stage
Standings after the SS20 the 66th Rally of Finland
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Kris Meeke||Citroën DS3 WRC||2:22:00.8|
|2nd||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+41.0|
|3rd||Craig Breen||Citroën DS3 WRC||+1:43.0|
|4th||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+1:54.5|
|5th||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||+2:00.9|
|6th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC||+2:03.6|
|7th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+2:06.0|
|8th||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+2:24.0|
|9th||Esapekka Lappi||Skoda Fabia R5||+4:23.6|
|10th||Teemu Suninen||Skoda Fabia R5||+5:10.5|
The last stage of the Rally of Finland starts this Sunday at 07:28h (Spanish time) with the dispute of the four special end of the rally. The pilots will face 33,96 km.