Hard, smooth roads mean mechanical problems are rare here, but the speeds mean that every second counts and just one mistake can prove costly. Getting the technique for jumping right is crucial, as is ensuring the accuracy of the pace notes. But for viewers, it is, without doubt, one of the most thrilling rallies of the season.
As befits a country where rallying is akin to a religion, the Rally Finland is an epic and hugely challenging event. Combining high speeds with narrow stretches and a number of jumps, it is an event which tests the precision and accuracy of both the driver and co-driver to the max.
One-Two-Three win for ŠKODA in Paraguay as Tiago Weiler claims his first win of the season. FABIA R5s finish first and second in the WRC2 championship at the Rally Finland, and also at the Tyrone Stages Rally in Northern Ireland.
That was a new flying Finn on the top of the WRC2 podium at the Rally Finland (27th to 30th July), ninth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), as Jari Huttunen claimed victory at his home event. He led home a ‘one-two’ finish for FABIA R5 drivers, a result which means it is twelve WRC2 wins in a row for ŠKODA. The cars from Mladá Boleslav have not been beaten in the championship since October 2016 and their 100% run this season continues.
The Rally Finland is the ninth round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship and despite no ŠKODA Motorsport cars competing this year, there is still no shortage of FABIA R5s taking part.