Neste Rally Finland

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Neste Rally Finland
Start Date: 27.07.2017
End Date: 30.07.2017
Timezone: UTC 2
Category: WRC2
WRC
JWRC
WRC3
Servicepark: JYVÄSKYLÄ
Website: http://www.nesterallyfinland.fi

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History

  • 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.

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 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.  

Car spec

  • 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.

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