That will be the best Rally Estonia or the biggest racing celebration at least. This is what Urmo Aava sures about and here director promises to make us wonder with memorable FIA World Rally Championship event. We have no reasons to doubt such a loud announcement, but let us think what is so special in WRC Estonia in 2022 and why it pretends for the most of ovations.
First of all, Urmo Aava is a former WRC driver, which means he knows what the best rally of the FIA World Rally Championship season is. It follows a special formula, which includes three components: spectacular show, memorable route and the full hospitality for rally fans with the best coverage for those who are watching the event at home.
Will WRC Estonia 2022 meet the challenge? Let’s see what the aces event has in the pocket.
Spectacular show of WRC Estonia 2022
Free the beast, the rally1 cars beasts.
Estonia has the own reasons to provide the biggest event is WRC. Citizens had miss much for live roaring of rally cars as COVID-19 pandemic has forced the event to be as short and private as possible.
The organisers hosted event inside the service park for the last two years. Therefore, in 2022 the ceremonial start and finish celebration will take place in Tartu’s Town Hall Square. Today they promise an incredible atmosphere with large crowds flood back to wave off and greet their returning heroes.
About the heroes. Our brave drivers with their stories and personal dramas, force us to forget about business and get involved in Rally Estonia 2022 to share the racing passion.
Heroes of the WRC Estonia or the atmosphere’s flow.
Here in Estonia, people love rally racing. They respecting all drivers’ line-up, no matter rookies or legendary drivers. But as in any other motor racing series, race fans here have the favs and crushes.
Estonian driver Ott Tanak
He is the national star, Hunday’s driver followed by crowds of fans at his homeland. A few years ago here was a promo event as a support for WRC. Ott Tanak being Toyota driver at that moment and had been demonstrating his driver skills at the wheel of battle charged Yaris WRC. The event brought together thousands fans.
If you still have any doubts, just think that there was a movie made about Ott Tanak. That is how much people here love their favorite. As for Hyundai’ driver, Estonian is fully focused on the thing that he loves to do and making the best – rally racing.
His cold eyes are already filled with calculations on the WRC Estonia 2022 route. One thing he said “It will be a big challenge,” and added “we will have to be fast out of the box right from the beginning.”Ott Tanak steps to home as the winner.
He won Rally Sardegna 2022. To be the fastest at home WRC round is a honor case for Tanak. But he’s not the only one star in Estonia.
Young lion Kalle Rovanperä
It is not a secret Finns are very successful athletes in Rally racing and Formula 1. Timo Mäkinen, Kimi Raikkonen for example. But Kalle Rovanperä prodly steps on their heels and his story started here in Estonia.
In 2021 Rovanperä made his first victory in career here in Estonia. He was twenty years and 289 days old and became the youngest event winner in FIA World Rally Championship history. What a special feelings!
Twenty one years old, today, he already marked FIA World Rally Championship 2022 season with his four, however, victories. Besides, three of them were in a row. What a daredevil! Snowy Sweden, foggy dangerous Rally Croatia 2022, dusty and dramatic WRC Portugal round and one of the dangerous of the season Safari Rally, he vanquish and outclassed, however, matures rally champions.
The easy thing is that Kalle Rovanperä isn’t going to stop and WRC Estonia 2022 stage his main goal today. Thus, Finn is heading to Tartu as WRC drivers’ championship leader. Therefore, Toyota driver is that person who probably will catch Tanak’s fans hearts this weekend. But also he is not the only one.
Here fans are also betting on another Hyundai driver, on Pretty boy Thierry Neuville as well as on M-Sport Ford driver Craig Breen. Who will win? That is the main question.
The odds, and prospects.
M-Sport Ford Rally team comes to Estonia with full of confidence. Gus Greensmith and Craig Breen drivers felt a good pace at the pre-event WRC Estonian stage.
Hyundai Motorsport team is hiding the real feels. However, Ott Tanak is going to fight to the last second.
Honestly, the main heroes are Toyota Gazoo Racing. The team based nearby. Just think about it as TGR comes to home, where they tested every meters of the flowing roads of Tartu. Besides, the the Japanese manufacturer tops the FIA World Rally Championship drivers’ and manufacturers’ standings. And the icing on the cake is their remarkable 1-2-3-4 finish at Safari Rally Kenya. Therefore, Toyota Gazoo Racing is the clear favorite on WRC Estonia 2022.
WRC Estonia 2022 route’ main spicy.
The main spicy of the WRC Estonia 2022 is in the high speed legs. Rally fans will see the fllowing fast roads are thrilling, which already waiting to provide the challenge to the hybrid generation of Rally1 cars for the first time.
WRC Estonia 2022 route includes fast and smooth gravel roller coasters. Conditions also will be fantastic. Despite most of the areas we already saw, Rally Estonia director Urmo Aava promises really technical legs with the jumps. Therefore, we have 24 stages covering 313.84km. The total route is 1486.77km.
The biggest racing celebration will start with Thursday evening’s start ceremony at Town Hall Square and the following SS1 Tartu (1.66km) in a few hundred metres away from the service park. Friday will continue to create high tension with the longest leg of the WRC Estonia 2022 Peipsääre for 24.35km. Then we will pass through the fastest Raanitsa. That will be second break test as the stage had the highest average speed last year.
Saturday’ four more stages will provide the best of technical check and rally driving skills with total to 95.02km. Evening run through Toyota Tartu (1.66km) leads the cars into the pits for a night break.
Sunday will start early with six tests covering 77.98km with the Tartu Vald (6.56km) opener and Kanepi (16.48km) and Kambja (15.95km) to follow. All three are then repeated, with Kambja forming Wolf Power Stage.
The support for Rally fans on WRC Estonia 2022.
The main goal for organizers of Rally Estonia in 2022 is to turn back to pre-COVID times. Therefore, here the FIA, WRC Promoter, the government united to provide best rally round in Estonia yet and the most of the experiences for rally fans. In which way you ask? First of all, they’ve scheduling the autograph sessions for fans with Ott Tanak and Kalle Rovanperä and special events with the shows. Also, the admission to ceremonies is free of charge.
WRC Estonia 2022 Schedule (local time)
|THURSDAY | 14 JUL||LOCAL TIME|
|PRE SHOW AND OPENING CEREMONY FROM TARTU||17:30|
|SSS1 VIAIT ESTONIA TARTU 1 TV LIVE WF1||20:30|
|FRIDAY | 15 JUL||LOCAL TIME|
|SS2 PEIPSIÄÄRE 1||07:45|
|STUDIO FROM RAADI SP||08:32|
|SS3 MUSTVEE 1||08:43|
|SS4 RAANITSA 1||10:26|
|SS5 VASTSEMÕISA 1||11:29|
|SS6 PEIPSIÄÄRE 2||15:15|
|SS7 MUSTVEE 2||16:14|
|SS8 RAANITSA 2||17:57|
|SS9 VASTSEMÕISA 2||19:00|
|STUDIO FROM RAADI SP||19:36|
|SATURDAY | 16 JUL||LOCAL TIME|
|RAADI STUDIO ‘GOOD MORNING RALLY FANS’ SERVICE D||08:00|
|SS10 ELVA 1||09:03|
|SS11 MÄEKÜLA 1||10:15|
|SS12 OTEPÄÄ 1 TV LIVE WF2||11:00|
|SS13 NEERUTI 1||12:00|
|STUDIO AND SERVICE E FROM RAADI SP||12:40|
|SS14 ELVA 2||15:08|
|SS15 MÄEKÜLA 2||16:15|
|SS16 OTEPÄÄ 2 TV LIVE WF3||17:00|
|SS17 NEERUTI 2||18:00|
|SS18 TARTU 2||19:08|
|STUDIO AND SERVICE F FROM RAADI SP||19:42|
|SUNDAY | 17 JUL||LOCAL TIME|
|RAADI STUDIO ‘GOOD MORNING RALLY FANS’ SERVICE G||06:15|
|SS19 TARTU VALD 1||06:48|
|SS20 KANEPI 1||08:15|
|SS21 KAMBJA 1 TV LIVE WF4||09:00|
|SS22 TARTU VALD 2||11:00|
|STUDIO FROM RAADI SP||11:39|
|SS23 KANEPI 2||12:28|
|SS24 KAMBJA 2 – TV LIVE WF 5 – WOLF POWERSTAGE||14:00|
|WRAP UP SHOW FROM RAAADI SP||15:30|
Honestly, everything was prepared at the high class. The government and organisers decided to support rally fans to make it memorable, spectacular and what is important to make the WRC Estonia accessible in 2022. Moreover, the key storylines outside the rallying battle are already making us share the passion ahead of the 1SS starts.
Will rally Estonia be one of the best rally of the FIA WRC season 2022? It depends on route and the level of organization. Will it be the best Estonian rally yet? No doubt. The atmosphere and shows guaranteed.