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Old 08-17-2000, 04:53 PM   #1
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KC, that was one rambling post. i never made it up to Scandanavia, would love to.
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Old 08-18-2000, 12:23 AM   #2
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Post Rally Finland Primer!

With just eight points covering the top three drivers in the 2000
FIA World Rally Championship, Neste Rally Finland will be a crucial
moment in the title chase for series leader Richard Burns and his
closest rivals Marcus Gronholm and Colin McRae. Equally the quest
for the Manufacturers' Championship is just as finely balanced with
Subaru leading Ford by one point and Peugeot closing fast after
Gronholm's win in New Zealand last month. Of these three drivers,
Gronholm starts this event as the bigger favourite as only Carlos
Sainz and Didier Auriol have broken the Scandinavian domination of
this rally in its 50 year history…

Subaru (58 points)
Having seen its early championship lead cut to just a single point
over the past couple of rallies, Subaru will be hoping to repeat its
1-2 victory here last year when Juha Kankkunen confirmed his position
as the most successful driver in the history of the FIA World Rally
Championship. The team has identified the failures that forced both
cars out of New Zealand as a small machining fault on the engine
flywheel and insists that there should be no repeat this time. Richard
Burns has led the FIA drivers' championship since Portugal but is
clearly feeling the pressure and refused all media interviews during
yesterday's shakedown test.

Ford (57 points)
Having seemingly found the reliability that it lacked earlier in
the season, Ford has emerged as a very strong contender for at least
one of this year's FIA World Rally Championship titles. Thanks to
wins in Spain and Greece, Colin McRae has moved closer to the series
leaders and his morale has been boosted by signing a new two-year
contract with the team. Carlos Sainz, as the first of only two non-
Scandinavian drivers ever to win this event must be considered a '
dark horse' for victory. McRae and Sainz will have three active
differentials on their cars. Ford's line-up includes rapid Norwegian
Petter Solberg and, in a 1999-spec Focus WRC, reigning British
Rally Champion Tapio Laukkanen who gets his first big break in a
World Rally Car.

Peugeot (41 points)
Peugeot has entered three cars for this rally but the registered
scoring pair will be Marcus Gronholm and his cousin Sebastian
Lindholm. Lindholm joins the team for the first time to add extra
local experience while Gronholm is, of course, the revelation of
this season's championship. Wins in Sweden and New Zealand have
ensured a permanent place in the team for the Finn as he is chasing
hard for the FIA drivers' title. Francois Delecour gets the third
car this time and his is the only one fitted with the new steering
wheel 'ring' remote control gearshift.

Mitsubishi (29 points)
After a nightmare event in New Zealand, Mitsubishi arrives in Finland
in buoyant mood as the team has the latest version of the Lancer
for the first time. A tubular subframe is just one of several
innovations aimed at reducing the car's weight, most notably at
the front, and the car is also fitted with a super-lightweight
composite sump guard. The problems of handling in New Zealand were
put down to a minute but critical error in differential tolerances.
Mitsubishi is the team most heavily represented here in Finland with
50 of the 130 entries thanks to an enthusiastic motorsport programme
led by the local importer.

SEAT (7 points)
SEAT debuted its first World Rally Car on this event two years ago
and now unveils the Evolution 3 version of the Cordoba WRC for the
first time, driven by team regulars Didier Auriol and Toni
Gardemeister. With the exception of a new front air dam the car
shows no visible signs of change. However, under the skin, the car
features revised engine torque characteristics and lower weight
that is better distributed. Speaking before the start Auriol
explained: “This is an important step for us. The engine now helps
the car to respond better and the improvements in weight speak for
themselves as they give us more usable power.” Auriol is the second
of two non-Scandinavian drivers to win here and, as the other
(Sainz) is Spanish, the combination of the Frenchman in a Spanish
team must be considered a good omen. Auriol celebrates his 43rd
birthday tomorrow.

Hyundai (4 points)
The ever-improving Hyundai team is entering three Accent WRC cars
for the first time on this event although it is the regular pairing
of Kenneth Eriksson and Alister McRae who are nominated for
manufacturers championship points. The third car is entered for
Australian driver Michael Guest as part of a driver development
programme and is his first appearance in the new for 2000 Accent WRC.
Eriksson was among many who were impressed by the car's performance
in New Zealand but warned against expecting too much this time. “Our
problem is the lack of testing time,” he said. “We need to do more
between events so that we aren't carrying out our testing in public
when the event starts.”

Other teams
The leading FIA Teams Cup entrant, Spike Subaru Team (driven by
Toshihiro Arai), is absent from this event. It is therefore a great
opportunity for Toyota Team Saudi Arabia (Abdullah Bakhashab),
F.Dor Rally Team (Frederic Dor) and Arab World Rally Team (Hamed
Al Wahaibi) to close the gap or overtake the Japanese entry. There
are many private or semi-private entries here, led by Harri Rovanpera
who again drives a Grifone Toyota after winning the recent Mantta
Rally. Markko Martin, Pasi Hagstrom and Janne Touhino also have top
quality Toyotas. Joukko Puhakka tops a typically strong Group N
entry ahead of FIA Production Cup leaders Manfred Stohl and Gustavo
Trelles. The Skoda team is again absent from this event but will
return to FIA World Championship action in Cyprus next month.



Friday 18 August
1st LEG (456.10 km)
10:00 Start from Jyvaskyla
10.31 SS 1 Kuohu 7.67 km
10:57 SS 2 Parkkola 20.11 km
11:57 SS 3 Mokkipera 13.39 km
13:55 SS 4 Muittari 13.51 km
14:18 SS 5 Konttimaki 13.08 km
14:51 SS 6 Palsankyla 13.90 km
16:09 SS 7 Valkola 8.40 km
16:52 SS 8 Lankamaa 23.44 km
17:45 SS 9 Laukaa 12.37 km
20:17 SS 10 Killeri 1 2.23 km
20:42 End of leg 1 in Jyvaskyla

Saturday 19 August
2nd LEG (694.90 km)
06:00 Start from Jyvaskyla
08:07 SS 11 Juupajoki 30.34 km
09:25 SS 12 Vastila 17.43 km
10:00 SS 13 Paijalala 12.81 km
11:56 SS 14 Ehikki 1 19.08 km
12:59 SS 15 Leustu 1 23.58 km
15:06 SS 16 Ouninpohja 1 34.21 km
16:09 SS 17 Vaheri 1 25.43 km
20:04 SS 18 Killeri 1 2.23 km
20:29 End of leg 2 in Jyvaskyla

Sunday 20 August
3rd LEG (529.14 km)
06:00 Start from Jyvaskyla
08:39 SS 19 Ehikki 2 19.08 km
09:12 SS 20 Moksi 14.67 km
09:51 SS 21 Leustu 2 23.58 km
11:58 SS 22 Ouninpohja 2 34.21 km
13:01 SS 23 Vaheri 2 25.43 km
16:11 Finish of the rally in Jyvaskyla


ENTRY LIST (top 30)

1 Richard Burns/Robert Reid (GB) Subaru Impreza WRC2000 (A8)
2 Marcus Grönholm/Timo Rautiainen (FIN) Peugeot A8 206 WRC (A8)
3 Colin McRae/Nicky Grist (GB) Ford Focus WRC (A8)
4 Carlos Sainz/Luis Moya (E) Ford Focus WRC (A8)
5 Tommi Mäkinen/Risto Mannisenmäki (FIN)Mitsubishi Lancer (A8)
6 Juha Kankkunen/Juha Repo (FIN) Subaru Impreza WRC2000 (A8)
7 Didier Auriol/Denis Giraudet (F) Seat Córdoba WRC E3 (A8)
8 Freddy Loix/Sven Smeets (B) Mitsubishi Carisma GT (A8)
9 Toni Gardemeister/Paavo Lukander (FIN)SEAT Córdoba WRC E3 (A8)
10 Kenneth Eriksson/Staffan Parmander (S)Hyundai Accent (A8)

11 Sebastian Lindholm/Jukka Aho (FIN) Peugeot 206 WRC (A8)
12 Alister McRae/David Senior (GB) Hyundai Accent (A8)
13 Petter Solberg/Philip Mills (N/GB) Ford Focus WRC (A8)
14 Harri Rovanperä/Risto Pietiläinen (FIN) Toyota Coralla WRC (A8)
15 Francois Delecour/Daniel Grataloup (FIN) Peugeot Esso 206 WRC (A8)
16 Tapio Laukkanen/Kaj Lindström (FIN) Ford Focus WRC (A8)
17 Markko Märtin/Michael Park (EE/GB) Toyota Corolla WRC (A8)
18 Pasi Hagström/Tero Gardemeister (FIN)Toyota Corolla WRC (A8)
19 Janne Tuohino/Miikka Anttila (FIN) Toyota Corolla WRC (A8)
20 Abdullah Bakhashab/Bobby Willis (SA/GB) Toyota Corolla WRC A8)

21 Jouko Puhakka/Tomi Tuominen (FIN) Mitsubishi Carisma GT (N4)
22 Manfred Stohl/Peter Müller (A) Mitsubishi Lancer (N4)
23 Juuso Pykälistö/Esko Mertsalmi (FIN) Mitsubishi Carisma GT (N4)
24 Jani Paasonen/Jakke Honkanen (FIN) Mitsubishi Carisma GT (N4)
25 Gustavo Trelles/Jorge Del Buono (ROU/RA)Mitsubishi Lancer (N4)
26 Raphael Sperrer/Per Carlsson (A) SEAT Córdoba WRC (A8)
27 Henning Solberg/Runar Pedersen (N) Toyota Corolla WRC (A8)
28 Marko Ipatti/Jorma Körkkö (FIN) Subaru Impreza 555 (N4)
29 Jarmo Kytölehto/Arto Kapanen (FIN) Hyundai Coupé Evo 2 (A8)
30 Michael Guest/David Green (AUS) Hyundai Accent (A8)



Summer 2000 has seen most unusually unstable weather conditions so
far in Finland, with rain and sun seemingly every day. This looks
like continuing, with daytime temperatures between 16 and 19 degrees
and warm evenings.



50s everywhere! This is the 50th time World Rally Cars have been
admitted to world championship rallies. This alternative formula was
first seen at Monte Carlo in 1997, conceived by the FIA as a way to
encourage new manufacturers into the series. At that time three
manufacturers were active at the top level, now there are seven, and
next year there promises to be an eighth. · Also the rally! Take time
to enjoy the rally's half-century anniversary proceedings. Throughout
the event there will be a display of old time rally cars which
competed on 1000 Lakes Rallies in earlier days. The collection has
been arranged by former codriver Seppo Harjanne who, though now retired,
partnered two world champions (Timo Salonen and Tommi Makinen) and
entered more world rallies than any other codriver. · Not forgetting
the drivers! This is the 50th world championship rally for Manfred
Stohl, the 28 year old Austrian currently leading the FIA Production
Cup series. His first was the 1991 Ivory Coast Rally when he acted as
chase car driver for his father Rudi. It was only his second ever rally.



The FIA has announced the rules for the Super 1600
category due to take effect in 2001. This will be a six event series
for drivers within the World Championship with three events on asphalt
and three on gravel, using small Group A Kit Cars with cost saving
limitations on modifications. Registered drivers must start all the
events. Minimum of 10 drivers must enter before 1 February 2001 for
the series to take place.

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Old 08-18-2000, 12:51 AM   #3
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Crap...had I known in advance that they start fom Jyvaskyla...man that brings back mammories, oops, I mean memories.

I know a few poeple from there and surrounding towns. They probably go through their back yards. Actually, I remember one saying the rally goes through there. Forgot and locked that up until now becuase back then I was like, what's rallying? At that point the subject changed.

Had I known then what I know know LOL.

There's always next year tho.

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Old 08-18-2000, 05:48 AM   #4
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Anyone know why Toshi Arai isn't in this one?

Results from Stage 6:

1. 10 GRONHOLM-RAUTIA Peugeot 2O6 A8 38'48"300 126.3 km/h 1 1
2. 3 BURNS-REID Subaru Impr A8 38'54"600 + 00'06"30 2 2
3. 5 McRAE-GRIST Ford Focus A8 39'13"100 + 00'24"80 3 3
4. 1 MAKINEN-MANNISE Mitsubishi A8 39'21"500 + 00'33"20 4 4
5. 4 KANKKUNEN-REPO Subaru Impr A8 39'25"200 + 00'36"90 5 5
6. 7 AURIOL-GIRAUDET Seat COrdob A8 40'09"500 + 01'21"20 6 6
7. 9 LINDHOLM-AHO Peugeot 2O6 A8 40'18"000 + 01'29"70 7 7
8. 15 McRAE-SENIOR Hyundai Acc A8 41'02"500 + 02'14"20 8 8
9. 14 ERIKSSON-PARMAN Hyundai Acc A8 41'04"800 + 02'16"50 9 9
10. 6 SAINZ-MOYA Ford Focus A8 44'55"100 + 06'06"80 10 10

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