The course :
Compact however sturdy! Beneath the COVID-19 period, the organizers stepped into the breach opened by an FIA waiver issued final summer time, by providing programs of lower than 300 kilometers. A minimal quota, nevertheless nonetheless obligatory at first of 2020 however which is now solely a distant reminiscence as evidenced by the course of the Arctic Rally Finland.
With a timing grouped over three days, shakedown included, the Finnish occasion provides solely ten specials for a complete of 251.08 kilometers timed. Regardless of this planning, which seems to be like an actual dash, the timed sectors stay prime items. With lengths between 19.91 km (ES4-ES7) and 31.05 km (ES1-ES2), the ultra-fast and slim profiles ought to make it attainable to regionally strategy the 200 km / h bar.
One thing to significantly fear concerning the file set, a couple of hundred kilometers additional south round Jyväskylä, by Kris Meeke (Citroën DS3 WRC) who had swallowed the 2016 version of Rally Finland (1000 lakes model) at greater than 126.62 km / h common.
Contested in latitudes above 66 levels a couple of kilometers from the Arctic Circle, the Arctic Rally Finland has all of the attributes needed to offer a super playground this week. Only one 12 months after the simulacrum supplied by Rally Sweden, which got here near being canceled resulting from lack of snow, all the weather are in place to make sure that the one winter spherical on the WRC calendar is lastly worthy of its rank!
With a thermometer whose mercury will oscillate between -15 ° C and -30 ° C and snow in massive portions, the crews will even must take a survival package (appropriate clothes and footwear), so as to be affected person. exterior the automobile within the occasion of an surprising go to to the snow partitions.
The brightness may also be taken under consideration. On this area of the globe the place the polar day (interval throughout which the solar doesn’t set) extends for greater than a month across the summer time solstice, the nights of December are in distinction very lengthy with almost 22 hours darkness. Fortunately, presently of 12 months, the solar adopts schedules corresponding to these of Western Europe (dawn at 7.15 a.m. and sundown 10 hours later). Which, in the long run, will solely have penalties on the second passages in Sarriojärvi (SS2) and Siikakämä (SS8) disputed at night time.
56 crews have determined to take up the problem of the Far North! A complete which corresponds to the common reached lately at the beginning of Rally Sweden. Among the many 13 WRCs current, Toyota Gazoo Racing and M-Sport have the identical line-up because the one lined up on the Monte-Carlo aspect. After a failed begin within the French Alps, Hyundai Motorsport depends on Craig Breen to assist Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville.
Throughout the Auvergne 2C Competitors workforce, Pierre-Louis Loubet is joined by “the attraction of the weekend” Oliver Solberg who officiates for the primary time on the highest stage in a personal Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, all with a brand new co-pilot. Optimistic for COVID-19 (earlier than being examined negatively twice), Aaron Johnston regardless of himself leaves his pocket book for this weekend to Sebastian Marshall (co-pilot of Kris Meeke).
On the wheel of Ford Fiesta WRC managed by their groups, Lorenzo Bertelli and Janne Tuohino be a part of the ranks of the RC1 class. With 39 representatives, the RC2 class seems to be nice. Invincible within the opening spherical, Andreas Mikkelsen steps ahead like the person to beat in Rovaniemi. Towards the Norwegian, a number of names stand out to supply him resistance. Absent final January, Esapekka Lappi is on the prime of the record alongside together with his compatriots Jari Huttunen, Emil Lindholm and Eerik Pietarinen.
The tires :
Pirelli continues its return to the World Championship. After the puzzle supplied in Hole in January, the equation is way simpler to unravel in Rovaniemi. This weekend, the Italian producer provides just one possibility, in opposition to 4 (the utmost on a rally) within the French Alps. With its 384 studs seven millimeters lengthy (exterior the tread), the Sottozero Ice J1A (directional and asymmetrical) provides incomparable grip when snow and ice cowl the street in abundance.
Within the opinion of some riders, one of these tire even supplies higher grip than the compounds used on gravel. No methods subsequently with this distinctive selection, however a administration of the gums which makes excellent sense. On levels of greater than 20 kilometers on common, these 384 tungsten appendages lose their effectiveness relying on the remaining size.
The pilot to observe:
Barely 20 years outdated, Kalle Rovanperä by no means ceases to impress observers. With just one season performed on the highest stage, the Finn has already proven a gripping maturity to the purpose that he’s given the favourite this weekend at dwelling. Along with being one of many few official drivers to have already pushed in Rovaniemi (victory on the Arctic Rally Lapland 2020 on the wheel of the Yaris WRC), the Toyota driver confirmed in Sweden final 12 months that he was notably snug on one of these very quick monitor. 20 years and 18 days after his father Harri’s solely WRC victory, the younger prodigy can proceed the household legacy and now write his personal story.
The COVID-19 level:
The COVID-19 epidemic stays related even in -30 ° C deep within the forests of Lapland. On this nonetheless unsure context, the in digicam continues to be imposed on the sting of the specials. No privilege subsequently for Santa Claus!
Caught within the act of undeclared extra time, the outdated bearded man, who welcomed the official drivers on Tuesday, must observe the race on Motorsport.com regardless of particular levels arrange a couple of kilometers from his home (the actual one!). His reindeer, who dwell in semi-freedom on this area, may nonetheless be extra curious. The group printed this week a process within the occasion of a collision with these mammals that may even weigh as much as 200 kg.
The determine to recollect:
43, or the variety of days it took for the workforce of Kai Tarkiainen, director of the occasion, to arrange the second spherical of the 2021 World Rally Championship. From its official integration into the WRC on January 14 to The beginning of the shakedown scheduled for Friday at 7:31 am, the Finnish group lastly had solely six weeks to supply an occasion trustworthy to the expectations of the FIA and the WRC Promoter, the place some require a number of years to fulfill the specs. A outstanding efficiency within the present context!No Video(s) Found