Kris Meeke leads in Finland between punctures and errors


Jost Capito does not give stitch without thread and placed Kris Meeke as a favorite to victory in the Rally of Finland remained pressure to the Volkswagen drivers. However, what could not guess the pattern of the German team is that their words were going to be premonitorias by punctures and errors of its pilots. After a first day quite rugged, Kris Meeke is leading the Rally of Finland with a plus of 18.1 seconds over Jari-Matti Latvala. Thierry Neuville closes the provisional podium of the rally after the output of track suffered by Sébastien Ogier, more human than ever.

The complex second stage of the Rally of Finland starting with Kris Meeke, Jari-Matti Latvala and Ott Tanak as the protagonists, in good times and bad. Even though the three shared the scratch of the loop of the morning, only the pilot of Citroën managed to save the section without problems. Jari-Matti Latvala was left 15 seconds after clicking one of your tires in a track output. No major damage on his Polo R WRC, the local rider he was able to stay in the race while Ott Tanak lost half a minute on SS5 by a break in the suspension of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC DMACK.

With a pace much more reliable, Sébastien Ogier got
save the ballot of open track
and closed loop morning with a disadvantage
with 23.3 seconds on the leader, something that has not prevented the French re –
threaten with their withdrawal to a regulation that does no more than destroy the
options of victory of the leader of the test to the open track. Be that as it may, the
French has been more concerned about stop the drive of Andreas Mikkelsen,
Thierry Neuville and Craig Breen
that try to attack the pilots that had by


The loop evening started with the injuries clean
after the repairs carried out on the World Rally Cars of Latvala and Tanak,
something that showed in the times. Ott Tanak chain the best time in
the SS7 and SS9
, what he was worth to climb to the seventh position after
beat Hayden Paddon and Mads Otsberg, both with a discrete role. Worse you
things were going in any case to a Yazeed Al-Rajhi suffered a rollover in
the SS7
after having several scares over the sections previous. The
pilot Arabic of time comes to an accident per day.

The last two stages of the day and the second edition of
the special urban ‘Harju’ not would mutate the differences between the two pilots
strongest of the day, so that Kris Meeke closed the stage with 18,1 seconds
advantage over Jari-Matti Latvala
. However, the second pass through ‘Surkee’
I had a clear effect on the development of the rally the entire time that Sebastien
Ogier suffered an off track
. The French rider stopped his Volkswagen Polo R
WRC stuck in a ditch and despite the efforts of the fans, Ogier lost
a 16 minute
, leaving free the third step of the podium for Thierry Neuville.

In full battle with Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen holds the
fourth position to 1.1 seconds of the belgian
, although the protagonist in this fight
for the podium is still a brilliant Craig Breen, that just stands 8,4
seconds behind. Hayden Paddon is sixth to a sigh of
pilot of Citroën while Mads Ostberg is just eight seconds for
behind Breen. The fight for the podium -staffed by five pilots in
less than 20 seconds – it does not form part of the big star of the Rally of Poland, all
while Ott Tanak has suffered a puncture.


Esapekka Lappi is at the forefront in WRC2 after a day in the
that the finn has left more than patent his virtues and the Skoda Fabia
R5 in a rally as fast. However, Lappi has joined all the scratch in
game except three
that have fallen into the hands of Elfyn Evans who unfortunately for
M-Sport is out of the fight. Evans suffered a power steering problem
of his Ford Fiesta R5 running outside the top ten and thus losing their
leadership in the general. In this way, Teemu Suninen and Pontus Tidemand occupy
the provisional podium

Ole Christian Veiby leads the Junior WRC in a rally that already
it is a thing of two in this category
, that only Simone Tempestini has
managed to follow the rhythm marked by the pilot Norwegian. The Italian in fact
you have closed the step to 15 seconds of the leader, being the only real threat of the
pilot scandinavian. Finally, the Drive DMACK is providing a battle to the
Osian Pryce leads by 1.1 seconds ahead of Max
Vatanen. Bernardo Sousa is 46 seconds, closing the podium.

Classification after SS12 of the 66th Rally of Finland

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Kris Meeke Citroën DS3 WRC 1:13:22.2
2nd Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R WRC +18.1
3rd Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC +44.3
4th Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R WRC +45.4
5th Craig Breen Citroën DS3 WRC +53.8
6th Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC +58.2
7th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1:02.9
8th Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1:14.4
9th Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1:22.6
10th Esapekka Lappi Skoda Fabia R5 +2:02.8

The third stage of the Rally of Finland starts this Saturday at 07:08h (Spanish time) with the dispute of the legendary special of ‘Ouninpohja’, a great protagonist of the day. The pilots will face eight sections with a total distance of 150,48 km.