One of many WRC’s most well-known occasions, referred to as the “Gravel Grand Prix”, is ready for a contemporary look this 12 months, with greater than half the route modified whereas nearly a 3rd of the mileage will likely be fully new for drivers.
The ninth spherical of the 13-round WRC season (3-6 August) will likely be contested over 22 phases, totalling 320.56 kilometres.
The route contains the return of the Myhinpaa take a look at, which is considered certainly one of rallying’s most iconic phases, final utilized in 2015. In addition to bringing again classic roads, final 12 months’s phases have additionally undergone a lot of modifications.
One vital change sees the rally start with a ceremonial begin on Wednesday in Jyvaskyla. This can precede the shakedown on Thursday morning and Harju metropolis particular on Thursday night.
Crews will deal with the largest modifications to the route on Friday, which is able to function 9 phases.
The primary forest stage, Laukaa, is a well-known title however contains a new begin and jumps, earlier than the return of Myhinpaa, which is able to act as stage 4. Lankamaa, one of many different phases within the opening leg adopts a brand new format this 12 months, whereas the Halttula take a look at is model new for 2023.
Additionally new for this 12 months is the Vastila, which will likely be run twice as a part of Saturday’s scheduled eight phases. The take a look at would be the longest of the rally at 20.65km. The rally will conclude following 4 phases on Sunday.
Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai World Rally Staff Hyundai i20 N Rally1
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“With an expanded route we’re capable of make it simpler to draw but extra spectators and volunteers to the rally, whereas retaining the standard character of the roads that drivers love,” stated clerk of the course Kai Tarkiainen.
“In addition to some new phases there are acquainted names on the itinerary, however even these have typically been extensively revised, so they are going to be new to most of the drivers.
“This can be a vital occasion because it’s the primary time in a few years that we’re reaching out to new territories and protecting such a large geographical unfold, underlining the enduring recognition of rallying in our nation.”
Ott Tanak gained final 12 months’s version after seeing off native favorite and present world champion Kalle Rovanpera.