Low and high. The whimsical Rally Finland has lived its own particular ‘transfer market’ in the loop the morning of the first stage, or what is the same, the race has been selected to the first change. The good work of the pilots of Toyota Gazoo Racing has almost been overshadowed by the abandonment of some of the cocks of the WRC. Although Latvala and Lappi sign a bright doublet to Toyota, the news of the morning is the abandonment of Sebastien Ogier. The French stayed out of the race in the SS4, the whole time Ogier broke the suspension of his Ford on a jump and ending up off track.
The Finnish pilots began with force, to such an extent that the first scratch of the day was for Teemu Suninen with the Ford Fiesta. The position of the delayed output played in favor of the pilot of M-Sport, which all exceeded that of Kris Meeke or Hayden Paddon. Equality was the predominant note in the first special served as a foretaste of a ‘hat trick’ Finnish, any time in the SS3 the best time was for Jari-Matti Latvala, while tenths of this ended up Esapekka Lappi and Teemu Suninen. Ott Tanak is kept at the front of the rally despite the push of the local riders.
all in all, the rally jumped in the air a stretch later. The first pass ‘Jukojärvi’ dinamitaba the options of three of the applicants to the victory. In the first term because Ott Tanak suffered a touch at the rear of your Ford with a rock that caused a puncture. The Estonian managed to reach the finish line with 1 minute and 34 seconds lost, but at least he managed to stay in the race. could Not say the same for Hayden Paddon after breaking the suspension and Sébastien Ogier that after a bad landing also broke the rear suspension right for to finish off the track.
With Ogier and Paddon out of the race -the first going on regular medical checkups at the hospital – and with the Hyundai showing a performance discrete, the first stage of the Rally of Finland has become a fertile ground for riders who do not have role in the normal way. Beyond the leadership of Jari-Matti Latvala and second place Esapekka Lappi various scratch, Craig Breen was third at the start of the second pass through the stages despite the damage slightly on the front of your Citroën C3. Teemu Suninen and Mads Ostberg managed to settle in the Top 5.
Esapekka Lappi, without giving truce, he closed the loop with four scratch consecutive, however, not allowed to attack the leadership of Jari-Matti Latvala, who comes to regrouping with a lead of 2.2 seconds to his teammate. Mads Ostberg was third in the last stretch of the morning, demoted to Craig Breen into fourth position despite its enormous regularity. All in all, the irish stays ahead of Teemu Suninen and Juho Hänninen, both in full progression before the heat of his audience.
With minimal differences between all the riders, Craig Breen exercised note ‘jarring’ between the pilots scandinavian and Kris Meeke as a reference from these. However, the pilot of Citroën is seventh 20.2 seconds of the head, which serves to be ahead of Elfyn Evans and the two Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe survivors. However, Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo did not seem very comfortable in these early stages of the rally and for the moment, the belgian is not taking advantage of the abandonment of Ogier with a ninth position which is far from being optimal results for Thierry.
The feast Finnish is total thanks to the leadership of Jari Huttunen in WRC2, every time that the young local rider excels at 13.9 seconds to Gus Greensmith. The umpteenth promise of the quarry Finnish is showing great speed at the wheel of his Skoda Fabia R5. The provisional podium of the category closes Pierre-Louis Loubet, although the three fastest drivers of the second category in the world championship have not been able to match the performance of Ole Christian Veiby and Eric Camilli, the fastest drivers at the wheel of his R5 despite not competing within the category.
finally, the Junior WRC and the class WRC3 are led by Nicolas Ciamin, in a test in which Nil Solans does not seem to be as comfortable as in previous appointments. In fact, Solans is the fourth place in both categories 25,3 seconds of the leader and is ahead of Dennis Radström and Terry Folb, the pilot must control to maintain its comfortable lead. Behind the Spanish rider, Julius Tannert is their main threat.
Classification after SS7 of the 67th Rally of Finland
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||40:57.5|
|2nd||Esapekka Lappi||Toyota Yaris WRC||+1.6|
|3rd||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+13.8|
|4th||Craig Breen||Citroen C3 WRC||+14.2|
|5th||Teemu Suninen||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+14.3|
|6th||Juho Hänninen||Toyota Yaris WRC||+19.7|
|7th||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 WRC||+20.2|
|8th||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+22.5|
|9th||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+34.1|
|10th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+51.5|
The Rally of Finland continues this Friday (14:00h) with the dispute of the six sections remaining of the twelve special of the day. The pilots will face nothing more and nothing less than 62,69 km against the clock.