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WRC Rallye Deutschland Breakdown

The Rallye Deutschland is up next this week on the WRC schedule. Here's the manufacturer's breakdown for this stop. It's going to be interesting to see what the new Fords can do on tarmac; Loeb's favorite surface.

Also check out the Finland Photo Gallery as well. I know; we lag but better late than never!

WRC Ford Germany Preview

WRC Subaru Germany Preview

WRC Citroen Germany Preview

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Calvin Wan's Sonoma Crash

Thank god Calvin's ok. That car on the other hand is probably toast.

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WRC Finland Photo Gallery

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View the full results and standings!

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WRC Citroen Germany Preview

6th ADAC Rallye Deutschland (August 17-19, 2007) Citroën looking to return to its winning ways in Germany

The 2007 WRC calendar's recent sequence of six consecutive gravel rounds has come to an end as the championship's regulars move on the Rallye Deutschland, the second asphalt fixture of the season for which Citroën Sport has entered Citroën C4 WRCs for Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Martí.

Like January's Monte Carlo Rally, the German round is regarded as a sealed surface event but, as Guy Fréquelin explains, it's not quite as simple as that: "Depending on the weather, it can be something of a lottery as far as tyre calls go. The conditions can vary so much on a single stage that choices can sometimes be even more difficult to make than on the Monte."

The main feature of the Rally Deutschland is its cocktail of three distinct stage types which range from the labyrinth of narrow lanes and countless hairpins of the Mosel Valley vineyards, the soiled concrete, hinkelstein-lined tank tracks of the Baumholder military ranges and, finally, the fast and slippery Saarland stages, which this year's rally actually barely visits. In short, there is a little of something to suit all tastes.

"All these different surface types and the notoriously changeable weather make this a complex but interesting rally," says Citroën Sport's Technical Manager Xavier Mestelan-Pinon. "To ensure our crews are as competitive as possible on all the different types of road, we work closely with them to establish a range of compromise set-ups that function across a broad spectrum of conditions. This will be the Citroën C4's first asphalt outing in war temperatures. True, the weather was clear during the Monte Carlo Rally, but the asphalt was still cold and that is unlikely to be the case in Germany. We will also perhaps get to see how our car performs in anger on wet roads that offer little grip."

Given the complex nature of the German round, it comes as no surprise to learn that Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Martí are somewhat on their guards. "People see us as the favourites, the team to beat," exclaims Seb. "But it won't be easy. In fact none of my wins in Germany have been. I have had some big fights there over the years and I can't see our rivals making life easy for us this time round. For me, this event is always a special occasion because it takes place near my home region, Alsace, and I always have lots of supporters. I intend to give it my very best shot for them, as well as to try to notch up another win to put us back in the chase."

"I enjoy competing on asphalt, but it's difficult to consider the Rallye Deutschland as a typical sealed surface event," observes Dani. "It sometimes seems more like a gravel rally… with a bit of asphalt. It's so easy to be caught out by a hazard or by a storm. We will try to make the most of the C4's potential to score a top result, but that's no foregone conclusion."

Although the cautionary words of the crews, who came first and second here last year, may come as a surprise, Guy Fréquelin's don't: "It's difficult not be wary going into a event where there is so much at stake. OK, I believe we are capable of scoring the sort of result that would put us back in the running in both title chases. I am also convinced that our crews and the Citroën C4 WRC have the necessary credentials, and I have no doubts about the motivation and will to win of everyone at Citroën Sport. Even so, I refuse to get carried away; I know only too well that it only takes a tiny detail to throw everything wide open. We have prepared as well as we can for this event; it's now up to us to ensure we don't waste the opportunity."

Questions to...

…Guy Fréquelin…

Rally Finland wasn't an easy event for Citroën Sport. Is it a rally you'd rather forget? What lessons did you learn from it?
"We were confident before the start, but it turned out to be more complex than we imagined and the end result wasn't what we wanted. The gaps have even widened. We now need to understand what didn't function and learn from that to make sure we don't make the same mistakes again. We found solutions on Saturday evening and we have several avenues to explore in order to move forward. We saw during the weekend how it can be more difficult in Finland than anywhere else to put into practice what you learn during testing when repeat runs over the same stretch of road can cancel out the sensation of 'discovering' the stages one at a time you tend to get on the rally.

In testing, we felt the C4 was very quick through the long, fast corners but that turned out not to be the case and the local knowledge factor played in favour of the Scandinavians. Give the speeds the drivers get up to, you lose time the instant you hesitate or try to correct your line…"

The Xsara went unbeaten in Germany from 2001 to 2006. Do you believe the Citroën C4 can pick up from where its predecessor left off?
"I hope so! This event needs to be a springboard that permits us to get back into the fight for both championships. Pre-event testing brought us some interesting data which we hope to put to good effect on the event."

How do you explain Citroën and Sébastien Loeb's domination of this event? How much is that a confidence booster for you this time round?
"I think that there are several factors. To begin with, we have succeeded in carrying over the experience we gained in the French Championship to develop our cars and in our approach to world level competition. On top of that, our drivers feel comfortable on asphalt, which isn't the case for all their rivals. Sébastien always has a good feeling for these stages, but that isn't enough to make me feel 100 per cent confident! The specific features of the Rallye Deutschland make it a challenging rally. Add to that the importance of the stakes in championship terms and it's easy to understand why the entire team and I feel more worried than usual."

…Sébastien Loeb…

What is your analysis of the way Rally Finland went? It doubtlessly didn't go they way you were hoping?
"To come third after finishing second in 2005 and 2006 wasn't the sort of result we wanted and we ended up dropping four points in the Drivers' championship. We did all we could to take the fight to our rivals, but that wasn't enough. There are three more fast gravel events to come, but our opponents won't have the benefit of local knowledge on those. We will need to match their level of performance again if we want to challenge for victory. I am not unduly worried, but I know we've got a great deal of work on our plates."

You have won the Rallye Deutschland five times in a row and you are the favourite to win again this year…
"…and I hope nobody beats me! To remain in the title chase, we will need to start scoring more points than Marcus Grönholm soon. If we don't, it's going to be very difficult to defend our crown. I hope we are able to fight for victory again, but it won't be easy. What with the weather, the frequently difficult tyre choices and the rest, it's not a simple event. I don't think you can say that Germany is to me what Finland is to Marcus. We both have similar knowledge of the German stages, which is something you can't say for Jyväskylä. Marcus has even contested the Rallye Deutschland one more time than me because he was here in 2001!"

What is the secret behind your domination of this event?
"I don't know if there is a secret! And even I had one, I wouldn't give it away! Seriously, though, we have often been quicker than our rivals in Germany and I think that's just because I feel comfortable on the stages. I'm not all that enamoured with the event when the conditions are difficult and hazards abound. I mean, who likes driving in rain on dry weather tyres? But perhaps my advantage is that I seem to cope well with that sort of situation…"

...and to Dani Sordo.

What were the positive points of Rally Finland for you?
"I still need to improve, but I feel I am getting more and more accustomed to the event's specific terrain. I lacked consistency and I didn't want to take too many risks on the new stages. We worked well with Citroën Sport's technicians to find a set-up that enabled me to feel confident with the C4. I was sufficiently quick to figure in the top-five before retiring and that's quite a satisfactory result for me on what was only my second attempt at the event in a WRC car."

Last year was also your very first visit to Germany with a WRC car. What do you remember of the 2006 event?
"How can I forget it? It was the first time I was nominated as eligible to score Manufacturers' points. That was fantastic. On top of that, the weekend went well: we ended up finishing second and I had great fun driving the Xsara."

What is your objective for the 2007 Rallye Deutschland? Do you feel under more pressure than usual?
"We're under pressure all season long; it's something you have to come to terms with. Perhaps I'm a little more anxious than last year because many people will have high expectations of me and I'm known as an asphalt driver. I will need to show that Guy Fréquelin was right to have confidence in me and, for that, I will need have a good run and try to finish ahead of our rivals. I don't want to get carried away, though, because that's by no means a foregone conclusion."

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Formula D Infineon Raceway This Weekend!

The drift world comes together on Aug 11 for Round 5 of the Formula D Championship series. Expect to see 100mph drifts at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA as the top drifters will battle it out. Tanner Foust currently leads the point series, and fresh off his gold medal at X-games he is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Dai Yoshihara is in 2nd place as he brings his blazing fast entry speed with him. Of course you can never count out past champions, Rhys Millen and Sam Hubinette, as they gun for the glory. Let's see what the weekend has in store...

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Ford Takes 1-2 Finish at WRC Finland

For immediate release: 5 August 2007

BP-Ford's new Focus RS World Rally Car scored a one-two finish on its debut in Finland today as the team stretched its lead in the FIA World Rally Championship to 40 points. In winning Rally Finland for the seventh time in eight years, Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen entered the record books as the first drivers to win a full WRC event on seven occasions. Team-mates and fellow Finns Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen delighted the huge home crowds by taking second.

The new Focus RS dominated this ninth round of the championship to such an extent that it won 20 of the 23 speed tests through the blisteringly fast Finnish forests. Grönholm won 16 stages, Hirvonen three and the pair shared fastest time on one test. This was Grönholm's 29th world rally victory and his third in a row and he has extended his lead in the drivers' championship to 13 points with seven rallies remaining. Maximum points enabled BP-Ford World Rally Team to increase its lead in the manufacturers' standings by another 12 points.

Rally Finland is the fastest event in the series. The smooth, flowing roller-coaster roads demanded precision and bravery in equal measure and average speeds topped 132kph. Drivers tackled 23 special stages covering 360.34km near Jyväskylä. The BP-Ford drivers fought tooth and nail for every tenth of a second during the opening leg but 39-year-old Grönholm edged clear during yesterday's marathon second leg and came home 24.2sec ahead of his 27-year-old colleague.

"When I started driving at 19 I never thought I could win Rally Finland on seven occasions," said Grönholm. "Mikko pushed me incredibly hard all weekend and there was never an opportunity to relax. One small error on my part and he would have been passed me. I'm happy that he helped my championship challenge by finishing in front of Loeb. This result is great for both the drivers' and the manufacturers' championships. It was important for the title for me to score 10 points here.

"We've made a step forward with the new car, which was reliable all weekend and never missed a beat. The top speed has increased and in Finland, which is the fastest in the championship, that made a difference. We've been airborne and landed in places that we've never been before!" he added.

Hirvonen relished the battle with his team-mate. "I tried to push Marcus as hard as I could and it was a great duel," he said. "It's a big step up mentally for me to be up there matching Marcus. I knew I could be fast here but the fact I was able to maintain that pace throughout the weekend was really satisfying. I loved every minute of it and it was a fantastic event. They are scary due to the speed, but Finland's stages are the best in the world. I've never driven this fast anywhere before.

"The new Focus RS was great on these fast roads and it's a pleasure to have a machine like that to drive. The handling is easier and the car felt lighter in places. We've made a bigger step forward on gravel than I thought," he added.

Team Abu Dhabi pairing Khalid Al Qassimi and Nicky Beech finished 16th in another Focus RS on their debut with the BP-Ford team. "It was everything I thought it would be," said 35-year-old Al Qassimi. "It was hard work but enjoyable. I came to Finland to learn and get a good feeling with the car. Everything in Finland is so special and I would love to see a rally like this in Abu Dhabi."

BP-Ford team director Malcolm Wilson was overjoyed by the success. "I have two diamonds in the team. Both drove fantastically and made no mistakes. For them to create that time margin over Loeb was superb. We have a great package and the new car was faultless. It is one of the best one-two finishes we've had and to achieve that on the fastest rally in the championship is the icing on the cake. There was huge pressure on Marcus but he drove perfectly and Mikko also did an incredible job," he said.

Ford TeamRS director Jost Capito said: "To take a one-two finish is the perfect start for the new Focus RS WRC. All the team's hard work in developing the car paid off on its first event and this result has given us huge confidence for the rest of the season."

News from our Rivals

With large times between drivers, there was no significant movement on the leaderboard. Sébastien Loeb (Citroen) completed the podium while Xevi Pons (Subaru) rounded off the top six on his debut for the team. Urmo Aava (Mitsubishi) and Mads Östberg (Subaru) scored their first drivers' points in seventh and eighth while Luis Perez Companc and Federico Villagra (both Ford) claimed a double points haul for the Munchi's Ford team. Jan Kopecky (Skoda) was an early retirement when he crashed out of 10th on the first stage while Andreas Mikkelsen (Ford) also crashed on the final test.

Next round

The championship returns to asphalt later this month for the first time since Rallye Monte Carlo in January. Germany's oldest city of Trier hosts Rallye Deutschland on 16 - 19 August.

Final positions

1. M Grönholm/T Rautiainen FIN Ford Focus RS 2hr 57min 26.1sec
2. M Hirvonen/J Lehtinen FIN Ford Focus RS 2hr 57min 50.3sec
3. S Loeb/D Elena F Citroen C4 2hr 58min 36.0sec
4. C Atkinson/ S Prévot AUS Subaru Impreza c 3hr 00min 28.9se
5. H Solberg/C Menkerud N Ford Focus RS 3hr 01min 55.5sec
6. X Pons/X Amigo E Subaru Impreza 3hr 04min 26.6sec
7. U Aava/K Sikk EE Mitsubishi Lancer 3hr 05min 05.7sec
8. M Östberg/O Unnerud N Subaru Impreza 3hr 06min 58.0sec
9 G Wilks/P Pugh GB Ford Focus RS 3hr 07min 05.5sec
10 M Wilson/M Orr GB Ford Focus RS 3hr 08min 39.5sec

Drivers Manufacturers
1. M Grönholm 75pts 1. BP-Ford 132pts
2. S Loeb 62pts 2. Citroen Total 92pts
3. M Hirvonen 57pts 3. Subaru 48pts
4. H Solberg 28pts 4. Stobart VK M-Sport Ford 45pts
4= D Sordo 28pts 5. OMV Kronos Citroen 27pts
6. P Solberg 26pts 6. Munchi's Ford 6pts

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WRC Finland Results

WRC is back in black w/ the Rally of Finland. Here's a few photos to wet your whistle. BP-Ford takes the 1-2 finish but that's to be expected w/ the home field advantage of their Finnish drivers Gronholm and Hirvonen. It looks like the new Ford Focus RS are solid but how will they fare on the tarmac of Rallye Deutschland August 16 - 19.

View full results and standings.

We'll have a full photo gallery up shortly as well so stay tuned...

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Tanner Foust Wins X Games Gold

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We came out to watch the Super Special stage at Xgames held at the Home Depot center on Aug 5. With an all new elimination format and a 70 ft gap that rally cars had to clear, this event had some great battles and star drivers including Travis Pastrana, Colin McCrae, Ken Block, and Formula D drifter, Tanner Foust.

Through the course of the event, we saw Travis and Tanner go neck and neck with a surprising ending as Travis was disqualified for coming into Tanner's lane. Colin McCrae once again rolled his car, reminiscient of last years crash but was unable to continue. In the end it was Tanner Foust defeating Ken Block in a neck and neck race to the very end.

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WRC Ford Finland Preview

For immediate release: 27 July 2007

WRC leader BP-Ford resumes title bid with new Focus RS

Reigning world rally champion BP-Ford resumes its quest for the manufacturers' and drivers' titles in the 2007 FIA World Rally Championship in Finland next week after a busy summer break. A new car, the announcement of a major commercial partnership and a third official driver filled a hectic two-month pause since BP-Ford ended the opening half of the season with victory in Greece in June.

It used the break to complete preparation work on the new Ford Focus RS WRC 07, which will debut in the hands of Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen and team-mates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen on Rally Finland (2 - 5 August). The car is an evolution of the hugely successful 2006 model, which won 12 rallies from 25 starts, with development principally concentrating on the engine, bodyshell and weight saving.

The team also strengthened its WRC campaign by announcing a new partnership with Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). The Focus RS cars will now carry a revised livery bearing Abu Dhabi signage. As part of the agreement Abu Dhabi driver Khalid AlQassimi and co-driver Nicky Beech, leaders of the FIA Middle East Championship, will drive a BP-Ford-entered Focus RS on four WRC rounds during the second half of the season.

BP-Ford goes to Finland with a 28-point lead in the manufacturers' standings after four wins in the first half. Grönholm leads the drivers' series by nine points with Hirvonen third. Victory in Finland, widely regarded as the sport's spiritual home, is one of rallying's most sought after achievements and the team will start one of the most specialised events of the season with a distinct advantage.

It is based on blisteringly fast roller-coaster gravel speed tests and drivers who grew up on this type of road have an advantage over 'outsiders' who require several years' experience before they can hope to challenge for a win. Both BP-Ford pairings are Finnish and will enjoy the backing of the huge crowds that flock into the countryside amid the lakes and forests near the host town of Jyväskylä.

The wide, hard roads are as smooth as a billiard table and guarantee breathtaking speeds, with last year's rally won at an average of 122.06kph. Technically it is an incredibly difficult event. Precision driving and bravery are more important here than anywhere else. The awesome stomach-churning jumps frequently hide bends just over the crest so accuracy and delivery of pace notes must be exact.

Grönholm is the acknowledged master of Finland. He has six wins to his name and no driver has ever won a full WRC event on seven occasions. "Obviously this is one of my favourite rallies and my most successful," he said. "I'm confident of winning and from the championship view it's important for me to take maximum points in Finland and increase my lead over Sébastien Loeb. Chasing records is good, but the crucial thing here is to beat Seb.

"The new car doesn't look that different to the previous model but the team has worked hard and there are many small improvements. It has improved everywhere and I'm pleased with our testing. The true test comes in competition, however, and I'm sure I'll see the benefits in Finland," he added.

This is Hirvonen's favourite rally and the Finn, who celebrates his 27th birthday on Tuesday, cannot wait for the action to start. "I love this rally," he said. "My early days in the sport were in Finland and I have a good understanding of the roads. When a jump is immediately followed by a bend it's vital to set up the car up for the correct line. When that happens the car flies sideways at full speed and that is the most fantastic feeling in the sport.

"I'm going there to win. But so is Marcus and he has already won the rally six times so it's an easy thing to say but it will be much harder to do. The key thing is not to make any mistakes. The speeds are so high that one small mistake or a problem can rule a driver out of the running. A clear run is a must," added Hirvonen.

Thirty-five-year-old Al Qassimi will drive a 2006-specification car on what will be his seventh WRC start. "As Abu Dhabi’s first ambassador in the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Finland will be a momentous occasion for me. Of course none of this would have been possible without the belief and support of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, whose initiative has resulted in our Scandinavian challenge. After all the preparations and testing, I can’t wait for Finland to begin and for the world to see Abu Dhabi in WRC action."

Team News

* BP-Ford will use BFGoodrich's g-Force gravel tyre for the low-wear loose surface roads. The pattern is relatively compact to ensure a maximum amount of rubber is in contact with the ground for the best possible grip and traction. The grooves can be hand cut to open them if there is a lot of loose gravel on the road surface or if the tracks become muddy. The tyres will be available in soft and medium compounds.

* The team prepared for the event with a four-day test in Finland earlier this month. Hirvonen drove for the first two days on roads close to Jyväskylä, covering 495km. Grönholm then drove for two days and 355km on wider roads near Jämsä. Both concentrated on general set-up and tyre testing. After the rally the team will test for three days in Germany in preparation for Rallye Deutschland.

* A record 11 Focus RS WRCs have been entered for the rally – the largest number of WRCs from a single manufacturer ever seen on a championship round. Media are invited to a photocall at 17.15 on Wednesday 2 August in WRC Square at Paviljonki when all 11 Focus RS WRCs will be available for photographers to capture this record-breaking achievement.

Rally Route

The route remains centred on Jyväskylä but 46 percent of the roads are new from last year. Eight stages are new, three comprising roads never used in the rally, and only five of the 23 tests are the same as 2006. The action begins on Thursday evening with a super special stage at Killeri trotting track. It continues on Friday with nine tests west of Jyväskylä before a second pass through Killeri. The second leg contains more than half the event's distance and is regarded as the classic day of the season. Based on wide, flowing roads near Jämsä, which also hosts a mid-afternoon remote service, it includes some of the sport's great stages. The highlight is two runs over the awesome Ouninpohja, a roller-coaster stretch of road full of blind crests and jumps and viewed as rallying's ultimate test of skill. This year it has been restored to its full 33km length. Sunday's short final leg covers three tests north and east of Jyväskylä. Drivers face 360.34km of competition in a route of 1375.15km.

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WRC Subaru Finland Preview

Rally Finland Stage Summaries with Phil Mills

02 August 2007

SS1 & SS11 Killeri – 2.06km
Finland's Superspecial is based on an oval horse trotting track close to Jyvaskyla. Of all the Superspecials we do this one isn't the most demanding, but it is pretty fast and should be pretty spectacular for spectators - the jump is certainly worth a look. The route leaves the track at one point and takes us out into a twisty section in the car-parks.

SS2 & SS5 Vellipohja - 17.20km
Very narrow and technical throughout. The first 14km are the same as last year's SS5. The road surface is pretty unusual; it has lots of small successive kicks that lift the rear wheels off the road. As you crest one jump you land on the next. The last 8km are very very fast.

SS3 & SS6 Mokkipera – 13.72km
This is a famous stage, with the addition this year of about 1.5km of new road. After an initial left-hander, you approach the point at which many have ended their rallies: a big crest with a large rock on the inside of it - you have to be very careful to avoid it else it will take a wheel off.

SS4 & SS7 Palsankyla – 13.31km
A very very fast stage from start to finish, it's very flat with no jumps.

SS8 Urria & 9.96km
Starts medium fast, and has one section with five small jumps in quick succession. Urria is especially famous for one massive jump 5km from the start line. It's actually a relatively slow speed jump, coming down several gears, as the angle is steep and approached at the wrong speed it could break a car in half.

SS9 Lautapera - 8.70km
A brand new stage, it is similar to SS4 in that it’s very very fast throughout and relatively flat.

SS10 Jukojarvi & 22.25km
Not a lot to say about this one except that it's classic Finland and flat-out all the way through. Narrows a little for the final eight kilometres but that doesn't have much effect on the pace.

SS12 Kaipolanvuori - 13.46km
Another new stage that is incredibly quick - 5th or 6th gear most of the way. It is one of the fastest and narrowest stages in the rally, and coupled with the speed is very tricky. There are lots of long corners with trees lining the outside, so no margin for error

SS13 Juupajoki - 22.14km
Starts wide, but soon narrows and becomes very technical. The only exception is a 5km stretch in the middle that can only be described as a motorway, it is so wide. Again, a fast and tricky stage, made more so as it has not been used since 2002.

SS14 & SS16 Ouninpohja - 33.01km
A return to the full-length stage as used in 2004, but with the addition of three chicanes to reduce average speed. While the chicanes will reduce the average speed, in reality the interim speeds will be just as high. It is the jump in this stage over which distance is measured. It is one of the most famous in the entire WRC calendar, along with a personal favourite after our world record stage time in 2003 at 131km/h.

SS15 Leustu - 21.27km
Starts with a wide road and huge jumps that are cleared in 6th gear. The last 11km are narrower and winds through the forest. This stage finishes with two very bad jumps over which you have to be careful. Again, classic Finland.

SS17 & SS19 Ehikki - 14.88km
The first 6kms of this stage are new and incredibly fast, after which it joins to SS15 as used in 2004. The last 8.5km are more technical, but the new section of the stage is just so fast.

SS18 Himos - 18.56km
This stage brings together a multitude of new sections, SS10 from 2006 and SS11 from 2004. It's a medium-width technical stage, under a canopy of trees which means that it is quite dark even during the day.

SS20 Surkee - 14.89km
A mostly new stage, comprising SS10 from 2001 and SS16 from 2006. It is very difficult as it is the most technical and narrow of the rally. There are nasty jumps that kick the back end a lot, especially in the last 5km. It's so easy to make a mistake here, especially in the last 5km.

SS21 Valkola - 10.38km
Short and narrow, it is by far the bumpiest stage of the rally. There are just continual bumps that make it tricky. It is a fantastic stage for spectators.

SS22 Lankamaa - 22.83km
Mostly the same as SS2 from 2006, this year sees an extra 1.6km added to the finish. You have to have a lot of respect for this stage as it can catch you out very easily.

SS23 Ruuhimaki - 7.54km
At only 7km this one is the shortest of the event, but it’s possibly the most spectacular. It's a bit of a classic and has been used every year since the '70's. It starts off narrow, then turns right onto a main road for five of the biggest and most famous jumps of the rally. You do not want to enter this stage pushing for a win.

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