For more than seven decades, Finland’s smooth forest tracks have been providing fast, furious and stomach-churning action.
Affectionately known as the ‘Finnish Grand Prix’, this week’s event welcomes the hybrid-powered Rally1 cars for the first time. And it won’t be easy.
Secto Rally Finland’s organising team has conjured up a real treat, with around 50 per cent of the route altered from last year. To make things even more exciting, 10 per cent of the itinerary is brand-new to the WRC.
The rally kicks off on Thursday evening with the exciting mixed-surface Harju (3.48km) street stage in front of big crowds in central Jyväskylä. It has been given a major makeover for 2022, with cars negotiating two laps of the extended curtain-raiser.
Friday’s opening loop takes crews north of the Paviljonki base. It begins with Laukaa (11.75km), which is followed by Lankamaa - the longest stage of the rally at 21.69km. Both are repeated after a trip to service, with the second pass followed by a single-lap run of Harju (2.01km).
Lankamaa returns for the first time since 2017 when it ran in the opposite direction and takes place just a stone's throw away from the farm where four-time world champion Juha Kankkunen grew up.
The afternoon loop unfolds to the west of Jyväskylä, with double runs of Ässämäki (12.31km) and Sahloinen-Moksi (15.70km) leading into the overnight service.
Saturday is clustered around Jämsä and, with 150.30km of relentless action, comprises almost half the rally’s competitive distance.
Rally Route: Secto Rally Finland 2022
Päijälä (20.19km) opens proceedings and is followed by Rapsula (20.56km) - a new stage for 2022. It utilises familiar roads and includes the famous Kakaristo hairpin which once formed part of the iconic Ouninpohja stage.
Patajoki (13.75km) and the new Vekkula (20.65km) test round off the loop, which is repeated once again after service to complete the gruelling leg.
Sunday’s finale has been tweaked from last year, with Oittila’s (10.84km) flowing roads and Ruuhimäki’s (11.12km) big jumps taking centre stage. Ruuhimäki’s second pass forms the bonus-points paying Wolf Power Stage.
The 22 stages total 322.61km.
- Full coverage from Secto Rally Finland will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.