Neste Oil Rally Finland
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- 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.
- Limited changes to the route, although Thursday evening’s short, sharp leg has been replaced by the Harju street stage in Jyväskylä.
- Friday is the longest and heads south-west towards Jämsa. Nearly half the rally’s competitive distance without service leaves no room for error.
- Saturday includes classic tests such as Mökkiperä and Jukojärvi, while Sunday’s final leg features just two passes over the fast and demanding roads of Myhinpää.
- 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.
- Gravel suspension.
- Packed gravel roads mean soft compound tyres are the usual choice, but hard compound rubber is also available.
- Super-smooth stages mean cars can be prepared in the knowledge that mechanical issues are rare.
- 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 52 of the 64 editions. Top of the roll of honour are Hannu Mikkola and Marcus Grönholm with seven wins.
What’s new for 2015
- Ouninpohja is back! The stage regarded as the sport’s biggest test of bravery and commitment returns with the full-length 34km version driven twice on Friday.
- Jyväskylä’s Harju street stage kicks off the rally on Thursday night.
- 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 Friday here, either at one of the many roller-coaster jumps or at the Kakaristo hairpin to enjoy great action and a brilliant atmosphere.