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    Finnish rallying championship news

    I think Finnish rallying championships deserve a thread of their own. I hope you think so too.

    Entries for Finnish rally championship 2012 are open and so far a couple of dozen crews have entered. In 2012 there'll be titles for 4WD and 2WD drivers, though 2WD cars compete in two categories (FIN R3, FIA R3 and R2 and R1). Original plan was to divide 4WD cars in two categories too, but that idea was dropped.

    Some entries so far:
    - Juha Salo in Evo X R4
    - Esapekka Lappi in Fiesta S2000
    - Kari Hämäläinen in Fiesta S2000 (a gentleman driver more or less)
    - Riku Tahko in Evo X (NORF 2011 PWRC wild card entrant)
    - Jussi Tiippana in Evo IX
    - Ville Hautamäki in Civic Type-R
    - Jussi Vainionpää in Civic Type-R
    - Andreas Amberg in Fiesta R2
    - Pekka Vihma in DS3 R3 (this must be the first of its kind in Finland, a gentleman driver though)

    No news yet on Lindroos, Rantanen, Nikara, Vihavainen, ... but there's time.

    You can follow entries from Kiti: https://kiti.akk-motorsport.fi/
    (Sarjat > Ralli SM 2012 1-ohjaajat > sarjaan ilmoittautuneet)
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    New in R2 is Henri Haapamäki with Citroen C2R2Max. Car is from Poland I heard.
    Really looking forward his speed.

    Lappi's car is in rebuild in these days.

    There is also rumours that more Subarus is coming in R4....
    Sääli on sairautta! ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarriK
    There is also rumours that more Subarus is coming in R4....
    I have heard this XXX rumour also. So, it´s probably true!
    "quattro best 4wd rallycar ever"

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarriK
    There is also rumours that more Subarus is coming in R4....
    TMR or RDF? Or maybe both...
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    I once read in Vauhdin Maailma that some drivers left their car in garage because of the Pirelli deal. If that was the case let’s see if they will return to the field.
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    Lots of new entries for FRC. Biggest thing for sure is that Joonas Lindroos is returning to 2WD car, most likely a money issue. He has entered in Citroen C2 R2. It's good rally car but for sure I would've liked to see Joonas in 4WD. Kalle Pinomäki in Clio R3 and Jaro Kinnunen in Civic Type R are there too.

    In 4WD entries one interesting name is Jukka Korhonen, but his machinery is TBA TBA. Same with Mikko Eskelinen. Ari Vihavainen is there too. Tommi Mäkinen's (first?) Impreza R4 entry is by Jouni Virtanen. So far 30 entries in 4WD which sounds good.
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    There is only 1 Fiesta-R2 (and 7 C2-R2) in that list, but here in Finland we have 6-8 Fiesta-R2 cars. Lindroos C2 is Tomi Tukiainen´s car. We can´t forget that Pekka Koski (ex Mitsu ralliart Finland chief) is Citroen man now

    There is still 4 S2000 without drive: Kimi´s punto, Laivola´s 207, RDF Fabia and TGM Fabia

    Mikko Pajunen is most likely Jukka Korhonen´s team mate in that TBA TBA 4wd

    + there is still one fast former multichampion coming with EVO...
    "quattro best 4wd rallycar ever"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex
    + there is still one fast former multichampion coming with EVO...
    Sebastian Lindholm or Jarmo Kytölehto?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wim_Impreza
    Sebastian Lindholm or Jarmo Kytölehto?
    No
    "quattro best 4wd rallycar ever"

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    In the latest Hanaa! magazine there was a short story on how Lindholm drove Michelin's Monte tyre test in Finland with Laivola's 207 S2000.
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