WRC takes off in Finland!
Sébastien Ogier & Julien Ingrassia © DPPI

WRC takes off in Finland!

29/07/2015

Three rounds away from the Tour de Corse, drivers will make a stop in Finland for the 7th rally in the World Championship. A competition famous for its impressive jumps and fast roads; and a nation that will put all its hope in Jari-Matti Latvala to seize victory on its home soil.

1: France totalizes one more victory than Finland in WRC. A lead to which Citroën and Sébastien Loeb have largely contributed. There is no doubt that Jari-Matti Latvala, who already won in Portugal in 2015, will try to bring back his country on the first spot, tied with France.

2: it is the number of points that separate Citroën and Hyundai in the Manufacturers’ World Championship. The French carmaker has accumulated 125 points since the beginning of the season, whereas its Korean rival scored 123 points. A tight struggle between the two companies, as the latest round in Poland showed (10 units each).

30: if Sébastien Ogier wins in Finland, he will record his 30th victory in WRC. It would be a perfect tie with Marcus Grönholm as the second best performer in WRC history. The current leader of the World Championship will have to perform in order to hold his Volkswagen teammates, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen; as well as his rivals Mads Ostberg (Citroën), Kris Meeke (Citroën) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) who will fight for the overall standings.

77: the number of times where Sébastien Ogier took off in the mythical Ouninpohja special stage in 2013. This legendary section is well-known for its frequent and spectacular jumps. Back into the layout of Rally Finland in 2015, this 34.39-kilometer stage will be run twice during the week-end.

400: Jari-Matti Latvala will have the opportunity of scoring the 400th stage best time of his career in Rally Finland. The Finnish only needs to get another three to reach this round number; he will have 20 special stages on his home soil to do so, before the eyes of his compatriots.

57: in meters, it’s the longest jump ever realized in Ouninpohja stage history, in 2003. A gigantic flight scored by Estonian driver Markko Märtin the same year he won the event.

33: the number of times where a Finnish driver has won at home, in 41 editions. Only 6 foreigners have succeeded in winning at least once this competition since the beginning of the World Championship. No doubt that Jari-Matti Latvala will do everything in his power to keep his beloved crown from last year.

 

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