Neste Rally Finland
|Neste Rally Finland|
- Smooth and blisteringly fast gravel roads, buried among Finland’s forests and lakes, are characterised by massive jumps.
- University town of Jyväskylä is the hub of everything and Paviljonki service park in the centre draws huge crowds.
- Rally starts on Thursday evening with Harju street stage in the town.
- Friday is a marathon with almost 16 hours at the wheel. Drivers head west for favourites such as Jukojärvi and Urria, before turning east to classics including Laukaa and Lankamaa.
- Saturday routes competitors south to Jämsä and the legendary Ouninpohja – Finland’s signature stage. Same tests as 2016, but mostly driven in the opposite direction.
- Sunday’s finale is a carbon copy of last year, heading south of Jyväskylä and east of Lake Päijänne.
- A mix of hard, wide roads with narrower more technical sections.
- Flat out from start to finish. It is affectionately known as the Finnish Grand Prix and nine of the 10 fastest WRC rallies have been here.
- Pace notes must be perfect. Blind crests often hide corners and it’s vital to position the car correctly before take-off to ensure maximum speed through the bend.
- Speeds are so high that time differences are small and there is little opportunity to regain time after a mistake.
- One of the hardest rallies for co-drivers as high speeds demand a constant, pinpoint accurate delivery of pace notes.
- Mastering the jumps. If the speed is too high, the car’s aerodynamics will force the back down and the front will rise. The tactic is to brake before take-off and accelerate full throttle over the jump.
- Dates back to 1951 when it was launched as a means of deciding the Finnish entries for Rallye Monte-Carlo.
- It took on the name 1000 Lakes Rally and was included in the calendar for the WRC in its first year in 1973.
- It has been dominated by Finnish drivers who have won 54 of the 65 editions. Top of the roll of honour are Hannu Mikkola and Marcus Grönholm with seven wins.
What’s new for 2016
- A 43 per cent new route and a number of new short and sharp 'jab' stages to break up extended liaison sections.
- All mid-day services will be held in Jyväskylä.
- The return of two stages south east of Jyväskylä. Lempää was last driven in 1999, while Oittila last featured in 1994 when it was called Mutanen
- The party atmosphere. Jyväskylä is the ultimate rally town and no visit would be complete without a night out in one of the many bars in the main street. Drinks are not cheap though...
- Ouninpohja. Get up early and spend Saturday here, either at one of the many roller-coaster jumps or at the Kakaristo hairpin to enjoy great action and a brilliant atmosphere.