heart-stopping Speeds, crests, blind corners and little margin for error. If the ingredients of the Rally of Finland are more defined, in 2017, it still will accentuate more. the arrival of The World Rally Car of new generation rises as the square of all these factors that define one of the most iconic and with more history of the WRC. The eternal battle between the pilots and scandinavian pilots outsiders draws a new episode in which Ogier and Neuville, by his particular battle for the title, have a starring role. Toyota plays at home and Latvala comes with a lot of hunger.
The Rally of Finland dates from the beginning of the decade of the 50’s and form part of the WRC since the founding of the event in 1973. Thanks to its unique characteristics, the appointment of Finnish has become one of the icons in the championship despite the iron grip of the pilots in scandinavia. In fact, Carlos Sainz was the first pilot member-at-large in achieving the triumph in 1990. Followed your steps, Didier Auriol, Markko Martin, Sébastien Loeb, Sébastien Ogier and Kris Meeke. With all, the two pilots most successful in the Rally of Finland are local and so credited the seven triumphs of Hannu Mikola and Marcus Gronholm.
The Rally of Finland is somehow an authentic festival of speed, and so it is from the first section. With headquarters in the university city in Jyväskylä, the test will begin Thursday night with the special urban ‘Harju’ in the centre of the city. Already on the day of Friday, the riders face a 145-kilometer timed in a day marathon, with up to 12 special. The first loop of the day to the west of the city already accounts for a double pass for three special, while the afternoon will complete the day with five sections and another edition of the special urban ‘Harju’.
The Saturday flights are wider, faster and with a greater number of crests and jumps. For this is the stage that most excitement is generated and more recognizable for the fans. However, the roads in the region of Jämsä hide the more special classic trial with the brand new ‘Ouninpohja’ to the head, which, together with ‘Päijälä’ and ‘Philajakoski’ is run in the reverse direction to 2016. All of the sections of this journey are addressed twice. Finally, the rally closes with the double pass through the stages of ‘Lempää’ and ‘Oittila’. This last will be the times of the Power Stage.
despite having 25 special and 314,20 miles against the clock, the Rally Finland is often defined by small details. The deck should be beautiful and full of confidence and this it is essential that the notes of the airbag to be smooth and concise. In this rally the choice of tire brand less differences, not the place of departure. Although this is not a rally in the forming clouds of dust and the factor of cleanliness is pronounced, the rain will be a traveling companion of the pilots and this can limit the options of the one and the other according to their start position.
Sébastien Ogier arrives as the leader of the WRC and though the rain may play to your favour, perhaps for the first time a non-party as a favorite. Within M-Sport has a fearsome opponent and fast as is Ott Tanak, but perhaps the limiting factor for the French is the performance of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 in a test where engines and suspensions marked differences. In this aspect, Toyota Gazoo Racing hopes to have a good job and more when you compete at home of the team and all its riders. Have Finnish pilots as Jari-Matti Latvala, Esapekka Lappi or Juho Hänninen should be synonymous with success.
The Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe has proved to be the car plus cash in the last rally, so the Rally of Finland can be a turning point for the team. Thierry Neuville seeks to assail the leadership of the contest for the first time in the whole season, Dani Sordo to rejoin the podium and Hayden Paddon get a good performance in a rally quite to your taste. Finally, Citroën Racing comes low hours and with Kris Meeke who could take advantage of exit back, always and when the rain respects the test. The options of the irish don’t seem too positive in that aspect.
The absence of the official drivers of Skoda in WRC2 open the list of possible winners of the second category in the world championship. Ole Chrisitian Veiby as a pilot, scandinavian is one of the favorites and more with a Skoda Fabia R5. Quentin Gilbert, Fabio Andolfi, Osian Pryce or Simone Tempestini should take advantage of the opportunity and pick up the crumbs in Finland, because the season is not being easy for any of them. Alex Villanueva compete with their Citroen C3 R5 out-of-category, while Nil Solans is favourite to victory in the JWRC and in the class WRC3.
Sections and schedules of the 67th Rally Poland
Thursday, July 27, 2017
|07:00h||SD||Ruuhimäki (Shakedown)||4,62 km|
|18:00h||SS1*||Harju 1 (WRC+)||2,31 km|
Friday, July 28, 2017
|06:12h||SS2||Halinen 1||7,65 km|
|06:45h||SS3||Urria 1||12,75 km|
|07:48h||SS4||Jukojärvi 1||21,31 km|
|09:06h||SS5||Halinen 2||7,65 km|
|09:39h||SS6||Urria 2||12,75 km|
|10:42h||SS7||Jukojärvi 1||21,31 km|
|14:00h||SS8||Äänekoski – Valtra 1||7,39 km|
|15:13h||SS9||Laukaa 1||11,76 km|
|17:09h||ss11 state road||Äänekoski – Valtra 2||7,39 km|
|18:22h||SS12||Laukaa 2||11,76 km|
|19:30h||SS13*||Harju 2 (TV / WRC+)||2,31 km|
Saturday, July 29, 2017
|07:58h||SS14||Pihlajakoski 1||14,90 km|
|09:06h||SS15||Päijälä 1||22,68 km|
|09:49h||SS16||Ouninpohja 1||24,38 km|
|11:02h||SS17||Saalahti 1||4,21 km|
|13:55h||SS18||Saalahti 2||4,21 km|
|15:08h||SS19*||Ouninpohja 2 (TV / RB TV / WRC+)||24,38 km|
|16:16h||SS20||Pihlajakoski 2||14,90 km|
|17:24h||SS21||Päijälä 2||22,68 km|
Sunday, July 30, 2017
|08:25h||SS22||Lempää 1||11,15 km|
|09:08h||SS23*||Oittila 1 (TV / WRC+)||18,68 km|
|10:47h||SS24||Lempää 2||11,15 km|
|12:18h||SS25*||Oittila 2 (PS) (TV / WRC+)||18,68 km|
* Live by Movistar Sports, Red Bull TV or WRC+.