Mikko Hirvonen was leading on day one only to suffer a huge accident [pictured] from which he and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen were lucky to emerge unscathed. Team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala inherited top spot to win his home rally for the first time following a mature drive, which was also the last victory for the Ford Focus model in the world championship. Sebastien Ogier was the top Citroen finisher in second, one place ahead of Sebastien Loeb. Petter Solberg was second after day one but slipped back to fourth at the finish. Four-time world champion Juha Kankkunen scored drivers’ championship points on a one-off return in a Focus.
Did you know?
In the last 20 editions of the event, only three non-Finns, Didier Auriol, Markko Martin and Sebastien Loeb, have taken victory on Neste Oil Rally Finland.
Michelin runners will use the soft-compound version of the company’s Latitude Cross gravel tyre. Chinese firm DMACK will provide the G4 medium compound version of its DMG2 for competitors in the Production world championship. Non-priority drivers will also be able to choose the soft compound G6.
You’ll find more information on Neste Oil Rally Finland, including this year's itinerary and links to the official website, in the Rally Finland section of wrc.com.
We’ll bring you preview information from each of the leading teams over the coming days here on wrc.com.