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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)
    Lue: rallirinki.net | Katso: rallirinki.kuvat.fi | Seuraa: @HartusvuoriWRC

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    It would be nice watching him in NORF in R5!!
    How about videos or pics from last weekend?
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    Riku Tahko will not continue in FRC. Problems with car supplier and no substitute available.
    Satakymppi, oikee yks

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    Results from Lapua?

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    You can find the results here
    http://tulossivu.autourheilu.fi/22R14/.a/6/

    You can also follow happenings of the rally on twitter @HartusvuoriWRC or https://twitter.com/HartusvuoriWRC

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    Thanx for the link!
    Looks like Nikara pushed a little bit to much on the last stage, but he had chances to win. Ahy Salo so low in classification?

    Short question:
    - what cars are allowed in SM1 and SM2 classes? Those have to be homologated or ex-homologated cars or can be "proto" type car? With let's say wrc style body and gp internals, etc?

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    Juha Salo's EvoX is sold and that made him back off a little, he said. He will compete last two FRC rallies in EvoIX.
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    Copied my post from the ”Rally - The Motorsport That Comes To You” thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by OldF View Post
    Here in Finland the ASN try to keep the 4WD N-group cars competitive against S2000 and R5 cars by some freedom in the regulations for group N cars. I think that at least in smaller population countries there’s usually only few drivers that can afford the best machinery and if one or two of those driver is superior in the skills, the fight for the championship between those two, in the worst case only one.

    In fact the biggest class this year is the SM1 class with upgraded N4 cars.

    A short description of FIN R4WD, FIN N4WD and FIN R2WD regulations.
    http://www.rallism.fi/en/info/

    SM1: Super4 (FIA R5, Super 2000 Rally (2.0 and 1.6T), FIN R 4WD (incl. also WRC cars homologated before 31.12.2002)
    http://www.rallism.fi/sarja/kilpailijat/super4/

    SM2: Tuotanto4 (FIA N4, FIA R4 and FIN N4WD)
    http://www.rallism.fi/sarja/kilpailijat/tuotanto4/

    SM3: R2 (FIA R1 & FIA R2)
    http://www.rallism.fi/sarja/kilpailijat/r2/

    SM4: Super2 (FIA R3, FIA N3, FIN R2WD, S1600, Diesel group N & A)
    http://www.rallism.fi/sarja/kilpailijat/sm4/
    Hope this answers your questions.

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    thanx guys for the info!

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    Mikko Pajunen is making comeback also in this summer. He will participate in Italian championship with R3 clio, operated by GIMA Motorsport. Starting from San Marino. He took part in "Toivakka Ralli" this weekend as practise for upcoming events. He won the whole event with his old Opel Kadett gsi, second was veli-matti saarelainen with S2000 Punto.

    Here´s some footage from SS3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53BT...&feature=share

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