Rally Finland – top event from this season…or maybe in all WRC era?
It was really long time, when it was so great fight for podium places without big drama (there we mean hard accidents).
A big number of finnish drivers in fight, almost three on podium on the finish line. First from all must to retired Jari-Matti Latvala due technical issue on his car. Second very luckly driver was Suninen, who had a big moment on penultimate stage and damaged front of his car:
Also very fast were Tanak and Ostberg, but both had some problems on this event – technical and some their mistakes. Ogier and Paddon retired already on Day 2, Meeke and Sordo weren’t with head on this event.
Breen and Neuville had constant driving, but Evans had really good second part of this event, specially on last day, where he pushed very hard and beat Hanninen with 0.3 second in overall classification.
As we already published, the winner became young finnish driver Esapekka Lappi, who won on his fourth event with WRC’17 rally car. He won on this event with 2x R5 and now with WRC rally car.
1. Lappi Esapekka – Ferm Janne ( Toyota Yaris WRC ) 2:29:26.9
2. Evans Elfyn – Barritt Daniel ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +36.0
3. Hänninen Juho – Lindström K. ( Toyota Yaris WRC ) +36.3
4. Suninen Teemu – Markkula Mikko ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +1:01.5
5. Breen Craig – Martin Scott ( Citroën C3 WRC ) +1:22.6
6. Neuville Thierry – Gilsoul N. ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) +1:33.1
7. Tänak Ott – Järveoja Martin ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +1:53.6
8. Meeke Kris – Nagle Paul ( Citroën C3 WRC ) +3:12.6
9. Sordo Dani – Martí Marc ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) +4:11.5
10. Østberg Mads – Eriksen T. ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +4:21.2
Ogier and Neuville have now equal points in championship standings:
1. Neuville – 160 points
2. Ogier – 160
3. Tanak – 119
4. Latvala – 114
5. Sordo – 84
6. Evans – 79
7. Breen – 53
8. Paddon – 51
9. Hanninen – 46
10. Lappi – 45
M-Sport still leads in team standings with 285 points, the closest is Hyundai with 251 points. Toyota has now 193, Citroen is the last with “just” 135 points.
Also one another finnish driver made a great result. Jari Huttunen won with big lead in WRC2 section on his second event with R5 rally car. He won with more than two minutes ahead Quentin Gilbert (both in Škoda Fabia R5) and Tom Cave in Hyundai i20 R5. He won also in RC2 class ahead Eric Camilli in Ford Fiesta R5.
Nicolas Ciamin won first time in this season in JWRC and also in WRC3 section. Nil Solans, the leader in WRC3 championship standings, finished second. Denis Radstrom finished on third place, just 1.3 second behind Solans.
Next event is ADAC Rallye Deutschland, 17. 08. – 20. 08. 2017.