The battle for victory is wide open after Saturday’s Rally Finland, the eighth stage of the 2022 World Cup (WRC). If Ott Tanak and Martin Jarveoja (Hyundai i20N WRC / HWRT) maintained the lead obtained the day before, they are only 8s4 ahead of the championship leaders Kalle Rovanpera and Jonne Halttunen (Toyota GR Yaris Hybrid / Gazoo Racing).
The Finns started day four leaving behind the two GR Yaris of Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (broken windshield problem, hit by a rock) and Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin. The Welsh rider suffered a broken left rear shock absorber in the special stage. He made emergency repairs to the tow rope and managed to complete the day, now in fourth place (+1min19s4).
In the fight for another podium at Rally Finland, Craig Breen and Paul Nagle (Ford Puma Hybrid / M-Sport Ford) retired after hitting a valley in the jump. Busara, Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20N WRC / HWRT) remain in fifth place, but 2min5 of his colleague Tanak.
In WRC2 (Rally2 cars), Jari Huttunen continued to lead, with a Hyundai i20N. Together with the Indian driver Gaurav Gill, the Brazilian navigator Gabriel Morales (Skoda Fabia / Motorsport Italia) continues in the Super Rally race – the two are 12th in the category, 33rd overall.
Sunday offers four specials – two passes through the stage of Oittila and Ruuhimäki.
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