The Rally of Finland you choose with an invisible hand their champions and up to the smallest of details makes the difference between success and failure. In his flesh he has lived the most of the local heroes. However, Jari-Matti Latvala has been forced to leave by an electrical fault when he was leading the rally. In full ‘Ouninpohja’, Latvala has seen his Toyota Yaris WRC is stopped and the sweetness of the leadership fell into the hands of Esapekka Lappi. The young pearl is four stretches of their first victory in the WRC and everything in your room to rally as pilot of the Toyota Gazoo Racing.
With Ogier out of the game and Neuville out of rhythm, the Rally of Finland has followed the stage Saturday with his capricious selection. No one could expect and less after the second pass through ‘Saalahti’, any time that Jari-Matti Latvala claimed the scratch on the SS18, reaching his fifth scratch consecutive day. The finn managed to extend his lead to 8.5 seconds to Esapeka Lappi. All in all, 4,21 kilometers of this small special barely changed anything, although Teemu Suninen compactaba the fight for the third victory after a small error of Juho Hänninen in one of the curves of the leg.
all in all, the Rally of Finland lived his umpteenth roll-over on the ‘Ouninpohja’, because in the background could not be on another site. However, the Toyota Yaris WRC of Jari-Matti Latvala was stopped suddenly by an electrical problem in the middle of the stretch, a few kilometers from the point where last year also said goodbye to the chance of winning the rally house. The Finnish driver beat her with rage behind the wheel of their World Rally Car before having to park the car in one of the tracks attached to the stretch. The rally Latvala ended and that left Esapekka Lappi as a new leader.
Esapekka Lappi not succumb to the pressure to add a new scratch in the stretch the most iconic of the rally, be a leader and have a 54-second advantage over Juho Hänninen. Ideal conditions, but at the same time difficult to manage at the time of the truth. All in all, Lappi took with some calm in the SS20. Teemu Suninen took advantage of this fact to get the scratch, time value of step to snatch the second position to Hänninen, with problems in the anti-sway bar for your Yaris. Elfyn Evans managed to trim a few tenths more in its pursuit of the podium, leaving patent his enormous speed.
The last leg of the journey left a well-deserved scratch for Elfyn Evans, which gets so fully in the fight for the second position. However, while Esapekka Lappi has a leadership comfortable 49,1 seconds, the distance between Teemu Suninen, Juho Hänninen and Elfyn Evans arrives at the six seconds. In this aspect, the pilot of M-Sport and Toyota are playing at home, but Elfyn Evans with the tires DMACK promises to offer a lot of war in the four sections of the day Sunday. A step behind, Craig Breen seems to have secured the fifth position after a rally very solid.
Fruit of the abandonment of Jari-Matti Latvala, Thierry Neuville already occupies the sixth position, a result that allows it to continue ‘scratching’ points to Ogier despite hitting a rock in the last section. The driver of the Hyundai has a comfortable lead over Ott Tanak, the Estonian has overcome in the past, Kris Meeke, who has come to the track with one wheel very damaged. Dani Sordo occupies the ninth square, while Mads Ostberg closes the Top 10 with the merit of holding the new record length in the leap of ‘Ouninpohja’, where he has flown with his Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 beyond the 50 meters.
While the struggle for the complete victory he has experienced great changes, cannot say the same for the rest of the categories. Jari Huttunen keeps the front of the class WRC2 with an advantage that has already been shot for over two minutes. Quentin Gilbert continues to occupy this second position, , while the podium closes the briton Tom Cave, the latter without any opposition on the part of Osian Pryce or Hiroki Arai, who are already shooting very far away from the british. In this aspect, unless the event of accident, breakdown or error of piloting, the category is more than determined.
Something similar happens in the JWRC and in the class WRC3, although both categories have some open front. In both cases, the leader is Nicolas Ciamin. The French have an advantage of 1 minute and 25 seconds to Emil Lindholm. While both pilots appear to have secured these positions, the fight for third place in the JWRC and WRC3 is for them to decide. However, Julius Tannert, Dennis Radström and Nil Solans are separated by little more than fifteen seconds, a distance that still allows the Spanish dream of the podium and to take another step forward in its aspirations to both titles.
Standings after SS21 of the 67th Rally of Finland
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Esapekka Lappi||Toyota Yaris WRC||2:13:02.7|
|2nd||Teemu Suninen||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+49.1|
|3rd||Juho Hänninen||Toyota Yaris WRC||+53.4|
|4th||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+54.7|
|5th||Craig Breen||Citroen C3 WRC||+1:16.9|
|6th||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+1:31.6|
|7th||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+2:07.5|
|8th||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 WRC||+2:59.1|
|9th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+3:54.0|
|10th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+4:23.6|
The Rally of Finland ends this Sunday with the dispute of the last four sections of the test from 08:25h with the dispute of the four remaining specials of the rally. The pilots will face 59,66 kilometres against the clock.