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Neste Oil Rally Finland

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Neste Oil Rally Finland
Start Date: 31.07.2014
End Date: 03.08.2014
Timezone: UTC 3
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Stages: 26 (360.82 km)
Distance: 1604.49km
Website: www.nesteoilrallyfinland.fi

Route

  • University town of Jyväskylä is the hub of everything and Paviljonki service park in the centre draws huge crowds.
  • Classic smooth gravel stages among forests and lakes with massive jumps. 
  • New-look itinerary begins on Thursday evening with a short, sharp leg north-east of Jyväskylä.
  • Friday is the longest day and heads-south-west, while Saturday includes big jumps over some of Finland’s most well-known stages.
  • Short Sunday loop features two passes over the classic Ruuhimäki test.

Challenge

  • 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 eight 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.  

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01 Jan 2014

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