Tanak and Rovanpera fight for victory in Rally Finland

Tanak and Rovanpera fight for victory in Rally Finland

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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