Rally Finland


Rally Finland
The current service park area at Paviljonki, Jyväskylä.
Jari-Matti Latvala, winner of the Neste Oil Rally Finland 2010, driving his car in Muurame shakedown.
Richard Burns with a Subaru Impreza WRC at the 2001 event.
Armin Schwarz in 2001.
Osmo Kalpala servicing his Donau (DKW) during the 1956 rally.

The Neste Oil Rally Finland (formerly known as 1000 Lakes Rally) is a rally event driven in the Jyväskylä area in Central Finland. It is the biggest annually organised public event in the Nordic countries, gathering over 500,000 spectators every year.

Rally Finland is known as the "Gravel Grand Prix", since it is the highest-speed rally in the championship.[1] The most famous special stage is Ouninpohja, with its spectacular high speed jumps.[2] The rally has also been known for being very difficult for non-Nordic drivers. Only four drivers outside Finland and Sweden have won the rally. The WRC teams voted Neste Rally Finland "Rally of the Year" in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

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History

The rally has been held since 1951, first as a national competition, then from 1959 on as a European Rally Championship event and since the introduction of the World Rally Championship in 1973, as Finland's WRC event. The rally is known colloquially in Finland as Jyväskylän Suurajot (the "Jyväskylä Great Race"). The international name "Rally of the Thousand Lakes" was introduced in 1954. The rally was renamed in 1994 when Neste Oil became the main sponsor.

Ouninpohja

Ouninpohja is one of the most famous stages in the WRC, well-known for its high speed, sweeping corners, blind crests and big jumps. At one famous jump located 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) from the start line, close to a landmark yellow house, spectators measure the length of the jumps and mark the distance by the roadside. In 2003, Markko Märtin set the record for the longest jump, travelling 57 meters (187 ft) in the air at a speed of 171 kilometres per hour (106 mph).[3] In 2005, Gigi Galli did even better with 58 metres, jumping flat-out with a Mitsubishi Lancer WRC.[4]

The Ouninpohja stage was split in two parts for the 2005 and 2006 events, since Petter Solberg exceeded the FIA's maximum average speed (130 km/h) there in 2004. The rule was changed for 2007 so Ouninpohja returned as a 33 km (21 mi) version, although there were three chicanes added. However, in 2008 event only part of the stage was used in Kakaristo stage. In 2009 the stage is completely out of the route. Jarmo Mahonen, managing director of the rally organiser AKK, stated that "the matter was discussed with the FIA already last year, and at the time we were able to keep Ouninpohja as a part of our route. This year we have to leave it out for safety reasons."[5]

Winners

Season Driver Co-driver Vehicle Event report
2011 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën DS3 WRC Report
2010 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 09 Report
2009 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 Report
2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC Report
2007 Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 07 Report
2006 Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 06 Report
2005 Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 307 WRC Report
2004 Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 307 WRC Report
2003 Estonia Markko Märtin United Kingdom Michael Park Ford Focus RS WRC 03 Report
2002 Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 206 WRC Report
2001 Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 206 WRC Report
2000 Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 206 WRC Report
1999 Finland Juha Kankkunen Finland Juha Repo Subaru Impreza WRC 99 Report
1998 Finland Tommi Mäkinen Finland Risto Mannisenmäki Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V Report
1997 Finland Tommi Mäkinen Finland Seppo Harjanne Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV Report
1996 Finland Tommi Mäkinen Finland Seppo Harjanne Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III Report
1995[6] Finland Tommi Mäkinen Finland Seppo Harjanne Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III Report
1994 Finland Tommi Mäkinen Finland Seppo Harjanne Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1993 Finland Juha Kankkunen France Denis Giraudet Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
1992 France Didier Auriol France Bernard Occelli Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1991 Finland Juha Kankkunen Finland Juha Piironen Lancia Delta Integrale 16V
1990 Spain Carlos Sainz Spain Luis Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four
1989 Sweden Mikael Ericsson Sweden Claes Billstam Mitsubishi Galant VR-4
1988 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Delta Integrale
1987 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Delta HF 4WD
1986 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
1985 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
1984 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom Terry Harryman Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
1983 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A2
1982 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Audi Quattro
1981 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom David Richards Ford Escort RS1800
1980 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Fiat 131 Abarth
1979 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Fiat 131 Abarth
1978 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Fiat 131 Abarth
1977 Finland Kyösti Hämäläinen Finland Martti Tiukkanen Ford Escort RS1800
1976 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Fiat 131 Abarth
1975 Finland Hannu Mikkola Finland Atso Aho Toyota Corolla
1974 Finland Hannu Mikkola United Kingdom John Davenport Ford Escort RS1600
1973 Finland Timo Mäkinen United Kingdom Henry Liddon Ford Escort RS1600 Report
1972 Finland Simo Lampinen Finland Klaus Sohlberg Saab 96 V4
1971 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Sweden Arne Hertz Saab 96 V4
1970 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Gunnar Palm Ford Escort TC
1969 Finland Hannu Mikkola Finland Anssi Järvi Ford Escort TC
1968 Finland Hannu Mikkola Finland Anssi Järvi Ford Escort TC
1967 Finland Timo Mäkinen Finland Pekka Keskitalo Mini Cooper S
1966 Finland Timo Mäkinen Finland Pekka Keskitalo Mini Cooper S
1965 Finland Timo Mäkinen Finland Pekka Keskitalo Mini Cooper S
1964 Finland Simo Lampinen Finland Jyrki Ahava Saab 96 Sport
1963 Finland Simo Lampinen Finland Jyrki Ahava Saab 96 Sport
1962 Finland Pauli Toivonen Finland Jaakko Kallio Citroën DS19
1961 Finland Rauno Aaltonen Finland Väinö Nurmimaa Mercedes-Benz 220 SE
1960 Finland Carl-Otto Bremer Finland Juhani Lampi Saab 96
1959 Sweden Gunnar Callbo Finland Väinö Nurmimaa Volvo PV 544
1958 Finland Osmo Kalpala Finland Eino Kalpala Alfa Romeo Giulietta TI
1957 Sweden Erik Carlsson Sweden Mario Pavoni Saab 93
1956 Finland Osmo Kalpala Finland Eino Kalpala DKW Donau
1955 Finland Eino Elo Finland Kai Nuortila Peugeot 403
1954 Finland Osmo Kalpala Finland Eino Kalpala Dyna Panhard
1953 Finland Vilho Hietanen Finland Olof Hixén Allard
1952 Finland Eino Elo Finland Kai Nuortila Peugeot 203
1951 Finland Arvo Karlsson Finland Vilho Mattila Austin Atlantic

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