Secto Rally Finland

Fascinating Rally Finland 2022. Time For Hypnotic Jumps!

The Rally Finland 2022 takes us deep into the forest and over many jumps, adding up to a visual proof that rally cars are flying. With its breathtaking scenery, Secto Rally Finland offers new endurance challenges for the vehicles and nerve-wracking tests for its drivers. Get ready for the most popular rally round in Europe. Here we go. 

Reasons you can’t miss out WRC Rally Finland 2022.

In Finland, the event is called the Finnish Grand Prix or the “Gravel Grand Prix” because the action is fast and furious. The organising team of Secto Rally Finland brought some new experiences to the spectators and to the brave drivers. The route was changed with around 50 per cent of the route altered from last year! Further, the event was filled with fascinating stories about champions, drivers, and the people.

Kalle Rovanperä heading to home race.

Kalle Rovanpera is the youngest rally winner ever and it’s not for nothing. The Toyota driver continues to amaze the motorsport community with his consecutive victories.

This is not a vain display. Kalle Rovanperä’s winning line in 2022 started on the prickly ice in Rally Sweden, when nobody expected it. Next, on the fog-filled Rally Croatia, where even the champions had to struggle with visibility issues and heavy rains, Kalle made us as well as the other drivers wonder.

The dust at the Rally Portugal 2022 also prevented Rovanperä from taking the third victory in a row. Only the round in Sardegna was an exception, as Ott Tänak ran like a spaceship, but not for a long time. Already at the next Safari rally Kenya the background of the wild nature with the animals, Kalle Rovanperä smiled from the first positions to legendary Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier. What a daredevil!

Following Estonian rally Toyota driver also won too in his best manner and surprised all the rally fans in Tartu. 

Kalle Rovanpera is headed for his first ever championship title in the Fia World Rally Championship and nothing seems to be stopping him. Here in Finland the crowds gathered to greet the national hero. Also, winning in his homeland is an honor for him as a driver and as a person. Only if…

Takamoto Katsuta  Toyota WRC
Takamoto Katsuta, Photo credit: wrc.com

Kalle’s fast teammates.

Toyota Gazoo racing’ Yaris cars have the pace. These are more reliable and the best settled than their chief rivals: the Hunday’ I20 and the Purple Pumas from M-Sport Ford. But at the same time, that’s the key. However, there is also competition within Toyota. Elfyn 

Evans was so close to winning a championship during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. It was like just a moment stood between him and becoming a hall of famer. Despite the fact that it seemed impossible, Sebastian Ogier always took the lead. 

In 2022 Ogier joined the Toyota team as a part-time driver, and everything seemed to be going according to plan for Evans, but at this time Kalle Rovanpera took the lead. But Elfyn Evans doesn’t stop and keeps pushing. Time by the time he makes the table with the fastest time.  

Takamoto Katsuta preparing for the best experiences in his career. Japan’s driver debuted in 2022 and quickly realized that the team was waiting for the actual results. Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä fought hard to get into the top spots, but Katsuta had been improving his skills in the top 5 for a while and got the most out of that. His results from the past four rounds are as follows: 8, 6, 3, 5 for Rally Estonia 2022.

Ott Tanak’s fight back.

Hyundai driver remembers defeat in his homeland. Tanak finished Rally Estonia in front of the crowd of his fans in third place, while Kalle Rovanpera took all the ovations. Ott Tanak is no less popular in Finland, and this round represents an opportunity to fight Toyota back. Additionally, Hyundai is required to achieve maximum scores today, as their chances for the manufacturers’ title are diminishing from rally to rally.

In this weekend’s match, Tanak has a competing teammate who will assist the team. Neuville also has experience in Finland’s forests. Furthermore, the Belgian driver is calm and looking forward to positive experiences.

Rally Finland 2021
Rally Finland 2021, Photo credit wrc.com

The Finnish Rally is always about danger.

Here on Rally Finland you can find out that you will never see in any other challenges, and it’s all about risks. The challenge is primarily characterized by hairpin turns and jumps. That driver who doesn’t know when the pace is fast enough is always driving flat out. That is what we need to remember. In addition, it’s important not to overlook the tires, where punctures are very easy to occur. 

Secto Rally Finland’s organising team has prepared something new to make the weekend even more exciting. Therefore, 10 per cent of the itinerary is brand-new to the WRC. Therefore, we have 22 stages totaling 322.61km.

WRC Rally Finland 2022 route,
Secto Rally Finland, Photo credit: wrc.com

WRC Rally Finland 2022 route.

And we will start on Thursday evening street stage in front of big crowds in central Jyväskylä and heading to the mixed-surface Harju (3.48km). For the first day of the Rally in Finland, that will be enough for an aperitif, because Friday will begin early without time to relax.

We will be launching crews at eight o’clock local time to start north of the Paviljonki base at Laukaa (11.7km) then heading to Lankamaa.
Remarkable that the stage takes place just a stone’s throw away from the farm where four-time world champion Juha Kankkunen grew up. The stage returns for the first time since 2017. That will be the longest leg of the rally at 21.69km. After the pitstop at the service park both stages will be repeated and we will follow a single-lap run of Harju (2.01km).

At afternoon, we will go to the west of Jyväskylä, with double runs of Ässämäki (12.31km) and Sahloinen-Moksi (15.70km). Saturday is all about Jämsä. The relentless action on 150.30km comprises almost half the rally’s competitive distance on Saturday.

On Sunday we will face something really new and dangerous. Therefore, we will start from Päijälä (20.19km) and head to one new stage, Rapsula (20.56km) with the famous Kakaristo hairpin which once formed part of the iconic Ouninpohja stage! Remarkable that hairpins on WRC Rally Finland are unique. Therefore, facing the challenge has unpredictable results, especially for rookie drivers.

Patajoki (13.75km) and Vekkula (20.65km), which are repeated once again following service to complete the challenge and bring a new call – Power Stage, which was also changed from last year.
The rally cars can will fly on Oittila’s (10.84km) flowing roads and Ruuhimäki’s (11.12km).

Elfyn Evans in Finland 2021, Photo credit wrc.com
Elfyn Evans in Finland 2021, Photo credit wrc.com

Who will win the Rally Finland 2022?

As with any challenge, the round in Finland will be unpredictable. A skilled driver will be determined by the endurance test. Although Toyota Gazoo Racing, which has its headquarters nearby, is the main claimant with as many Yaris as they have.

Besides, Hyundai Motorsport claims their second victory of the season. The points coveted by Alzenau’s team today are more valuable than ever. Toyota has already taken the majority of ovations, quickly robbing the team of its chances for the manufacturer’s championship. Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak are focusing on the prize and waiting for positive experiences.

For drivers Can Craig Breen or Gus Greensmith, M-Sport has a chance of taking the podium right away, as the team has shown they have speed in the season 2022 of the FIA World Rally Championship.

WRC Rally Finland 2022 schedule

THURSDAY 04 AUGUSTLOCAL TIME
PRE SHOW FROM PAVILJONKI SERVICE PARK 19:00
BREAK19:30
SS1 HARJU 1 TV LIVE WF120:00
FRIDAY 05 AUGUSTLOCAL TIME
STUDIO FROM PAVILJONKI SERVICE PARK 07:45
SS2 LAUKAA 108:00
SS3 LANKAMAA 108:55
BREAK09:45
SS4 LAUKAA 212:15
SS5 LANKAMAA 213:10
BREAK14:00
SS6 HARJU 214:30
STUDIO, MEDIA ZONE & SV C FROM PAVILJONKI SP15:05
SS7 ÄSSÄMÄKI 117:00
SS8 SAHLOINEN-MOKSI 117:53
BREAK18:40
SS9 ÄSSÄMÄKI 219:13
SS10 SAHLOINEN-MOKSI 220:06
STUDIO FROM PAVILJONKI SERVICE PARK20:54
SATURDAY 06 AUGUSTLOCAL TIME
STUDIO FROM PAVILJONKI SERVICE PARK 08:00
SS11 PÄIJÄLÄ 108:08
SS12 RAPSULA 1 TV LIVE WF209:00
SS13 PATAJOKI 110:08
STUDIO FROM PAVILJONKI SERVICE PARK 10:50
SS14 VEKKULA 111:08
BREAK12:00
SS15 PÄIJÄLÄ 215:38
SS16 RAPSULA 2 TV LIVE WF316:30
SS17 PATAJOKI 217:38
STUDIO FROM PAVILJONKI SERVICE PARK IN JYVASKYLA18:20
SS18 VEKKULA 218:38
BREAK19:30
STUDIO FROM PAVILJONKI SERVICE PARK 20:00
SUNDAY 07 AUGUSTLOCAL TIME
STUDIO FROM PAVILJONKI SERVICE PARK 07:15
SS19 OITTILA 108:20
BREAK09:00
SS20 RUUHIMÄKI 1 TV LIVE WF409:30
BREAK10:30
SS21 OITTILA 211:00
BREAK11:45
SS 21 RUUHIMÄKI 2 – TV LIVE WF 5 – WOLF POWERSTAGE13:00
WRAP UP SHOW FROM RUUHIMÄKI POWER STAGE14:30
Note: the timetable is subject to change, Finland is in UTC +3 timezone

Sums Up:

In Finland, people love rallying and auto sports. There is a reason why racing story include so many talented Finns: Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Mika Hakinen, Marcus Grönholm, Tommi Mäkinen and many others. Secto Rally Finland has a sense of history through its story, which is why it promises to be the greatest racing celebration. What to wait for? In addition to the breathtaking views of the deep forest with looping gravel roads, risky moments and technical issues, Rally Finland is the best place to see how rally cars fly.