02 Aug 08
This weekend wrc.com has teamed up with Jari-Matti Latvala’s co-driver Miikka Anttila to bring you the insider’s view of the Finnish stages.
Here’s Anttila’s verdict on Sunday’s final challenge. “On day three there are only three stages and no services. But even though it’s the shortest day of the rally - its certainly no gentle Sunday drive.”
SS22 Lankamaa 23.09km
Lankamaa is a very tricky start to the day and the last long stage of the event. Mikko Hirvonen also thinks it’s the most difficult of the whole rally. There are fast places where it’s very difficult to get any marking points to know when to turn in. That’s maybe why it’s so hard, but it’s also extremely narrow for pretty much the whole way. There’s also a difficult hilly section where the road gets soft and sandy. If you lose the racing line here then you’re going to be in the soft sand and that won’t help your stage time.
SS23 Hannula 10.92km
A new stage for this year and like Lankamaa it’s very narrow. The opening section is quite fast but after that the speeds will be relatively low. There’s not a lot that’s remarkable about Hannula.
SS24 Ruuhimaki 6.46km
We end with one of the most famous stages of the rally. It’s short but at the end there are big jumps where you can fly a long way. The start of the stage is very easy to remember; it’s just junction after junction, every 80 metres you go right, then left, then right, then left and soon you’re on the wide road and ready for the jumps. It’s vital to follow your notes here; its important to know whether you can go flat out or slow down to look after the car. I think it’s nice to end the rally with this stage, but it’s certainly not a gentle wind down - not with the jumps.