Service Park Spy: Finland
As teams continue their final preparations for Neste Rally Finland (26-29 July) we had a look around the Jyväskylä service park – and noticed some eye-catching developments.
M-Sport Ford brings new parts…
We spotted WRC+ All Live’s Julian Porter getting all the latest information about Sébastien Ogier’s upgraded Fiesta. The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team has fitted new aero parts to the Frenchman’s car (above) for this weekend’s event, including a new, bigger, rear diffuser and a new aero faring behind the rear wheels. Parked alongside team-mate Teemu Suninen's Fiesta (below), which doesn’t have the new parts, the difference is clear to see.
…as does Citroën
Citroën has also added some new parts to its C3 for this weekend’s on-stage battle, with a new front axle geometry hopefully bringing more grip on the high-speed gravel stages. We recommend you watch WRC+ All Live throughout the rally to find out more.
Based just outside the rally’s host town of Jyväskylä, Toyota Gazoo Racing is making the most of its home field advantage this weekend. The team has installed a series of 10-metre-high banners that welcome visitors into the service park and fans wearing Toyota t-shirts are already showing their support for the 2017 Rally Finland winners.
Spoilt for choice on merchandise
WRC merchandise supplier High Peak is also at its home round this weekend, with the WRC Shop prominently placed at the entrance to the Paviljonki service park. Fans can get their hands on a range of new products including t-shirts with quotes from famous Finns, as well as Finland-specific caps and hoodies. They’re also available to buy online at shop.wrc.com.
Juniors prepare for penultimate battle
Inside the cavernous halls of the Paviljonki, M-Sport’s Polish division has been busy preparing 15 Ford Fiesta R2s for the fourth round of the Junior WRC. Joining the driver line up this weekend is ‘Future Rally Star’ Henri Hokkala, who is following in the footsteps of previous winners including WRC podium finisher Teemu Suninen and WRC 2 competitors Jari Huttunen and Emil Lindholm.
Young stars head Finland’s WRC 2 entry
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Radstrom tops Junior entry
Prize winner Hokkala joins Junior WRC line-up
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High-speed gravel stages and big jumps will test WRC field