World Rally Championship
Rally Finland, the fastest event of the WRC season
The Neste Rally Finland, 9th round of FIA World Rally Championship (where many teams involved are equipped by BMC), takes place on July 27-30 in Jyväskylä, a town with a population of around 150,000 in southern central Finland.
The total length of this year’s route is 1,422.34km, including 315.63km divided into 25 stages, only five of which have been carried over from 2016. The others have featured in previous editions of the high-speed classic. For example, the awesome Ouninpohja test – an all-time favourite which features one of the rally’s most spectacular jumps – has reverted to its 2015 configuration and will run in the opposite direction to last year.
After a curtain-raising super-special in the streets of Harju, crews will head west on Friday for a marathon leg that will see them spend 16 hours away from Jyväskylä. Saturday’s route then strikes south towards Jämsä, while the last day – near Lake Päijänne – will be identical to 2016’s finale.
Asland earlier this month, Rally Finland’s stages feature a sandy top-coating but tend to have a more compact base. They are also much wider, which explains why this event is the fastest of the season. Indeed, nine of the ten fastest rounds in WRC history were hosted by Finland.
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