Neste Rally Finland

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Neste Rally Finland
Start Date: 01.08.2019
End Date: 04.08.2019
Timezone: UTC 3
Category: WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Servicepark: JYVÄSKYLÄ
Website: http://www.nesterallyfinland.fi

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 11 of the 12 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 vital seconds 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 Setup

  • 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.

Event 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 55 of the 67 editions. Top of the roll of honour are Hannu Mikkola and Marcus Grönholm with seven wins.
  • The 2016 edition was the fastest rally in WRC history. Kris Meeke won at an average speed of 126.62kph.

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