The World Rally Championship will be powersliding along the gravel roads and the forests of Finland as the sport embarks on its 10th round of the 2021 championship.
Toyota Gazoo Racing’s 22 year old, Kalle Rovanpera will venture into Finland with considerable confidence after securing his second rally win of the year, in Greece.
Toyota’s Sebasitan Ogier continues to lead the drivers championship with his teammate, and closest rival, Elfyn Evans close behind in second.
With high speed stages and low-grip gravel roads, the co-drivers pace notes will have to be delivered perfectly to help their driver perform well in the Finnish countryside.
Rovanpera’s continued success
Toyota’s Finnish driver, Rovanpera has driven a fantastic season in 2021 as he became the championships youngest WRC winner ever with his win in Estonia. Followed by another win in Greece, 42.1 seconds ahead of Hyundai’s Ott Tanak.
In both rally’s the youngester walked away with the maximum rally points (25 points) and a win in the Wolf power stage (5 points).
In a similar environment to Estonia and Greece, and filled with confidence from his most recent win, Rovanpera may put in a superb drive once again on home soil.
One hand on the title
While one Toyota driver is finding his winning form, another will have one hand securely fastened to the 2021 WRC title – Sebastian Ogier.
Knowing not to take any unneccessary risks in Greece, especially against the rapid Finn, Ogier calmy drove to third place to take that next step towards his eighth world title.
Heading into Finland, Ogier leads the championship with 180 points to his name. 44 points more than his closest rival, Evans, who sits on only 136pts. As a result, Toyota have extended their lead in the championship by 57 points (397pts) above their closest title-rivals, Hyundai who sit in second on 340 points.
The Finland Grand Prix
Rally Finland, also dubbed as the Finland Grand Prix, will be home to the WRC and its supporting categories this weekend (WRC2 and WRC3).
19 stages provides the drivers with a total of 287.11km to be covered over a condensed three-day weekend, rather than the usual four-day event. The Päijälä stage will be the longest of the weekend with a length of 22.61km.
With gravel road stages across the weekend, the cars will have to be opting for a gravel suspension; a higher ride height, larger dampers and smaller brake discs.
See how the WRC mechanics change the set up below!
Credit: FIA World Rally Championship