WRC Live Radio
Presenter: Becs Williams
Can you feel it in the air?
Can you sense the anticipation?
Can you bear to wait any longer?
The correct answers to the above questions are Yes, Yes and No. A gold star to everyone who answered correctly.
The time has come my friends, the second half of the WRC season is upon us and we here at WRC Live are practically salivating at the thought of the opening round of ‘WRC Part Two’, Rally Finland.
This is my 13th time here and as many of you know (because I always say it) this is my favourite event. I have no worries about upsetting other events by saying this, as I adore all events I travel to but Finland is my ‘personal’ favourite.
True, I don’t have a hope of ever understanding the language and I can never afford to buy more than one drink at a bar but none of that matters!
I arrived into Finland on the weekend and spent my Saturday at the Neste Oil Helsinki Battle, which was an incredible event pitting the current WRC stars against the Finnish rally legends - Markku Alén has long been hero of mine, so to actually see him compete in front of my eyes almost floored me. It was a superb day and you will hear all about it on the radio this weekend. I may never stop talking about it actually…
We ventured out yesterday to take a look at some of the new stages that Rally Finland has to offer this year, as well as taking in some of the classics. Sometimes you forget just how good the roads are here. We snaked through the flowing gravel tests at a moderate speed but the stages are just begging you to put your foot down, tempting you to give just a little bit more, it seems almost impossible to drive slowly. Unless you are in a milk float.
Our weekend is set to be packed to the rafters with features, live stages and studio interviews. We may have to extend Rally Finland by a day, just to get it all in.
Our support championships are here in force and we will be hearing from the Junior WRC drivers on their experiences so far.
The talented people at Michelin will be telling us all we need to know about tyres for this event and their plans for the second half of the season.
Hyundai co-driver Tommi Tuominen will be giving us his own personal guide to Rally Finland, whilst Citroen legendary engineer Didier Clement will be telling us how they prepare for the ‘gravel grand prix’.
We, with the help of the drivers and co-drivers of the WRC, will be building a profile of Jari-Matti Latvala ahead of his home event.
Add to that our usual gaggle of quirky features and in-depth interviews and you have a rather busy weekend. Oh, and did I mention that I’m interviewing Hayden Paddon’s co-driver John Kennard whilst sampling some of the wine from his vineyards? Funny how I managed to secure that one….
Here are the important on air times that you need to know about…
Thursday 31st of August: 1530
Friday 1st of August: 9am
Saturday 2nd of August: 0745
Sunday 3rd of August : 9am
All times are local to Finland EEST
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