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Fri August 8, 2014

ERC leader Lappi took to the microphone WRC ERC leader Lappi took to the microphone Esapekka Lappi turned expert summariser when the world championship visited his native Finland recently. The FIA European Rally Championship leader joined the commentary team for the live coverage of the event’s final stage and enjoyed the opportunity. ...

Thu August 7, 2014

Maximum lerning for Max Ford Maximum lerning for Max Max Vatanen gained more vital experience in the cut and thrust of the World Rally Championship with a stage-winning performance on Rally Finland, the fastest WRC event of them all, from July 31-August 3. The 23-year-old son of Finnish rallying legend Ari Vatanen was taking par...

Useful data gather by Pirelli drivers WRC Useful data gather by Pirelli drivers Pirelli drivers contesting Rally Finland were able to gather useful data for the Italian tyre firm, which supplied its Scorpion K4 and K8 reinforced tyres for the high-speed gravel event. Pirelli switched from its strong and durable Scorpion XR to the classic Scorpion K4 reinf...

Sun August 3, 2014

Martin Koci dominates the Juniors Citroen Martin Koci dominates the Juniors Nine crews lined up at the start of Rally Finland after Christian Riedemann was forced to withdraw with tendonitis. Martin Koci got off to a flying start on the very first stage, held on Thursday afternoon, finishing ahead of Alastair Fisher and Stéphane Lefebvre. The Slovakian e...

Latvala triumphs in WRC home event WRC Latvala triumphs in WRC home event A great day for Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, a great day for Volkswagen, and a great day for Finland: for the first time in four years, a Finnish duo triumphed in their home event in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), giving their compatriots reason to celebrate wi...

1000 Lakes and a podium for Kris Meeke Citroen 1000 Lakes and a podium for Kris Meeke The short but tricky final leg of Rally Finland saw Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle confirm their third place. Never out of the top three from the very first stage, Kris held firm on Ruuhimäki and Myhinpää - driven at an average speed of close to 132kph - to rack up his third podium in...

Solid Ford Solid "Finnish" at Fiesta filled Finland M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans have completed Rally Finland in fifth and seventh places respectively. The two M-Sport drivers were amongst eight Ford Fiesta rally cars in the first 15 finishers - giving M-Sport's range of award-winning machinery...

Karl Kruuda flies to Finland victory Ford Karl Kruuda flies to Finland victory Karl Kruuda has claimed his second victory in the World Rally Championship's fastest support category, WRC 2, with a flying first-place finish in Finland today. The 21-year-old, who also topped the division in Sweden in February, took the lead on stage 16 and kept a cool h...

Kubica gains experience Ford Kubica gains experience RK M-Sport World Rally Team's Robert Kubica may have brought his Finnish debut with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC to a close under Rally 2 regulations, but the experience gained will prove vital to his future ambitions. Few events in the FIA World Rally Championship demand as much p...

Hyundai Shell WRT flies top6 finish WRC Hyundai Shell WRT flies top6 finish The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has registered a two-car finish in this weekend’s Rally Finland as both remaining Hyundai i20 WRC cars completed Sunday’s final three stages. Run over a total of 36.6km, including the final Power Stage, there was plenty still up for grabs on...

Karl Kruuda leads Sparco 1-2-3 Ford Karl Kruuda leads Sparco 1-2-3 Sparco-supported rally driver Karl Kruuda has won the WRC2 category in Rally Finland this weekend, leading a 1-2-3 for Sparco in the competitive class. The Estonian drove his Ford Fiesta S2000 to the WRC2 win after taking over the lead of the category from pre-event favourite ...

Sat August 2, 2014

Meeke on course for podium Citroen Meeke on course for podium Mökkiperä, Jukojärvi, Surkee, Himos and Leustu: day three of Rally Finland served up some of the most famous stages of the "1,000 Lakes Rally". Never out of the top 3 of the overall standings since the very first stage, Kris Meeke continued to set his own pace, drawing on the ...

Kubica safely through the day Ford Kubica safely through the day RK M-Sport World Rally Team's Robert Kubica was back on the legendary stages of Rally Finland today. Having had to accept Rally 2 regulations during yesterday's opening speed test (SS5), the Pole was back in the forests and determined to make the most of his Finnish world...

Two-part thriller in Finland WRC Two-part thriller in Finland With a combination of driving expertise and nerves of steel, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) held on to their Rally Finland lead in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC in what became a real thriller. They clearly set the pace on the Saturday morning of their home rally and cont...

M-Sport fight on in Finland Ford M-Sport fight on in Finland M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans finished a challenging third day of competition at Rally Finland in fifth and eighth places respectively. It was a frustrating morning for home hero Hirvonen. As one of the fastest and most technical events in the FIA ...

Hyundai Finland day3 WRC Hyundai Finland day3 The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has made positive progress during today’s ten long and demanding stages with both remaining cars running in the top seven as Rally Finland enters its final day. The team endured a disappointing Friday after having to retire the #7 Hyundai i2...

Kris Meeke on good pace in Finland Citroen Kris Meeke on good pace in Finland After a long prologue over close to sixty kilometres yesterday, today's leg featured nine stages in total. The crews set off in the same order as the World Championship standings. Lying third as the action got underway this morning, Kris Meeke set off at the same pace as o...

Fri August 1, 2014

Hyundai Shell WRT fighting hard WRC Hyundai Shell WRT fighting hard The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has ended the second day of Rally Finland with two cars still running solidly in the top ten after a challenging day run over eight stages and 131 rally kilometres. Unfortunately, the team was forced to retire the #7 Hyundai i20 WRC at lunchtime...

Strong finish still in sight for M-Sport Ford Strong finish still in sight for M-Sport M-Sport World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen may be holding sixth place at the end of Rally Finland's second day, but there is still all to play for. Immersed in one of the event's most closely-fought battles, the Finn has not given up on a stronger result with 166.96 ki...

Three-way battle for Volkswagen WRC Three-way battle for Volkswagen Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) have maintained their lead in Rally Finland during stages five to 13. In a three-way battle for the top spot, Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) finished in third place, behind Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL, Citroën). So far, Latval...

Finland day2 for Kubica Ford Finland day2 for Kubica RK M-Sport World Rally Team's Robert Kubica damaged the front-left suspension of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC one and a half kilometres into the first test of the day (SS5). The M-Sport team made a full repair and the popular Pole will restart under Rally 2 regulations tomorrow. ...

Wed July 30, 2014

Vatanen revved up for home run WRC Vatanen revved up for home run This weekend is when it all comes home - quite literally - for Max Vatanen. The 23-year-old has made the annual pilgrimage to Jyvaskyla for Rally Finland quite literally more times than he can remember, but this is actually the first time that he will have ever driven on the even...

Sat July 26, 2014

Kruuda back in Fiesta for Finland Ford Kruuda back in Fiesta for Finland Karl Kruuda will be reunited with the car that he took to the biggest victory of his career so far when he contests Rally Finland from July 31-August 3. The Estonian rising star, 21, is switching back to the Ford Fiesta S2000 he used to win the WRC 2 section of Rally Sweden ba...

M-Sport debuts facelift Fiesta Ford M-Sport debuts facelift Fiesta M-Sport World Rally Team's Ford Fiesta RS WRCs will be sporting a new-look next week when Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans power through the high-speed forests of the 64th Neste Oil Rally Finland. As rallying's spiritual home, there is perhaps no batter backdrop on which to...

Hyundai Finland preview WRC Hyundai Finland preview After a short summer break, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will resume its debut campaign in the FIA World Rally Championship at Rally Finland next weekend, the fastest and most spectacular round of the series. The Alzenau-based team secured a well-earned podium result in...

Citroen ready for 2nd half of season Citroen Citroen ready for 2nd half of season CITROËN AND RALLY FINLAND: FOUR WINS SINCE 1962 Back when the Swedes were the only drivers that could compete with the Finns at their home event, Citroën enjoyed its first win at the "1,000 Lakes Rally" in 1962 when local drivers Pauli Toivonen and Jaakko Kallio secured victory ...

Fast track learning for the juniors Citroen Fast track learning for the juniors The first half of the season, contested exclusively on gravel, is set to conclude at very high speed on roads through the Finnish forests and lakes. Junior WRC leader, having claimed two successive wins in Portugal and Poland, Stéphane Lefebvre will be one of the few drivers in t...

Drift, jump, full throttle WRC Drift, jump, full throttle For many it is the essence of rallying: the Rally Finland. The Volkswagen works duos go into the eighth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), from 31 July to 3 August, in first, second and third place in the championship. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Ma...

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