Mon 31 Jul 2023

Finland Countdown: Route + Maps

It’s a recipe that always delights. Take the world’s fastest rally roads, mix in the sport’s superstar drivers and the result is a tantalising mix of fast and furious high-flying action on Finland’s rollercoaster forest tracks.

Secto Rally Finland (3 - 6 August) holds a special place in the hearts of rally fans worldwide as one of the WRC's founding fixtures in 1973. The iconic event, characterised by its high-speed crests and stomach-churning jumps, has become a mecca for enthusiasts and drivers alike.

And an exciting experience awaits in 2023 as organisers have introduced a revamped itinerary with an impressive 27 per cent of the mileage being completely new for this week's fixture.

Wednesday’s harbourside start ceremony in host city Jyväskylä is the forerunner to Thursday morning’s Rannankylä (4.48km) shakedown - but the real action begins later that evening with the mixed-surface Harju (3.48km) street stage in front of big crowds in central Jyväskylä.

The biggest changes to the route come on Friday, where nine stages and 104.76 competitive kilometres are on offer to the north-east of Jyväskylä.

The first test, Laukaa (11.78km), is a familiar name but features a new start and some epic jumps. Up next is a revamped version of Lankamaa (14.21km), which precedes the legendary Myhinpää (15.51km) - back on the itinerary for the first time since 2015.

Halttula (9.14km) is brand-new for 2023 and rounds out the loop, which is repeated after service before a re-run of Thursday’s Harju completes the day.

Saturday hosts the rally's longest leg and takes in eight special stages totalling 160.68km of competition.

It opens with another new stage at Västilä (18.94km) followed by the legendary Päijälä (20.19km), Rapsula (20.56km) and Vekkula - the longest stage of the rally at 20.65km. All four are repeated in the afternoon after service.

Secto Rally Finland 2023: Magazine

Sunday’s finale comprises two double-use speed tests based around the town of Himos. Double passes of Moksi-Sahloinen (16.56km) sandwich Himos-Jämsä (9.26km) before a tyre fitting zone in Himos. The latter then forms the bonus points-paying Wolf Power Stage.

The 22 stages add up to 320.56km in a total route of 1471.63km.

Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM