The FIA has announced the WRC calendar for 2019. The Finnish round of the season, Neste Rally Finland, will be driven in the beginning of August.
The Future Star Award which brought Teemu Suninen to the absolute top of the rallying world, undergoes through great changes in the years to come. The 2019 winner will still receive the traditional package to the Finnish round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Neste Rally Finland, but already one year from now a second winner will be awarded with a seat in the FIA Junior WRC or an equivalent WRC class for the 2020 season. At the same time the new programme created by AKK, M-Sport and Pirelli will be changed into the more dynamic Flying Finn Future Star Award.
The future of Finnish motorsport is strong thanks to the AKK’s Flying Finn initiative, which aims to unearth the new generation of driving talent in the country by encouraging wide-spread participation at grassroots level.
Neste Rally Finland a success beyond expectations - The event is the economic cornerstone of Finnish motorsport
Last year’s Neste Rally Finland, the Finnish round of the FIA World Rally Championship, had a Finnish winner and a great financial result too. Before this year’s rally, the event organiser AKK Sports Ltd, the marketing company fully owned by the Finnish national sporting authority AKK-Motorsport ry, were cautiously hopeful – and now again positively surprised. Even without Finnish victory, Rally Finland was once again an all-round success.
The Estonians Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja are the winners of Neste Rally Finland.
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Kalle Rovanperä admits he’s surprised to be leading WRC2 on Neste Rally Finland by more than 50 seconds but puts it down to high confidence levels in his factory ŠKODA Fabia R5.
For the Love of Rally - Seija Huuska’s “career” as Rally Finland volunteer has lasted for nearly 60 years
Decades pass, but Seija Huuska’s enthusiasm towards rally or volunteer work will not fade. “Rally runs in the family”, Huuska says.
The highest Environmental Accreditation status awarded by the International Automobile Federation FIA is a matter of honour for Neste Rally Finland.
Toyota Le Mans stars Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima have spoken of their admiration for their FIA World Rally Championship counterparts during a visit to Neste Rally Finland today.
Ott Tänak shrugged off the effects of an inferior road position to lead Neste Rally Finland after a day of high-speed excitement in the FIA World Rally Championship.
Ott Tänak holds the advantage on Neste Rally Finland, leading the country’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship by a narrow margin of 1.1s after five stages.
Henri Hokkala, AKK Sports’ Future Rally Star of Finland for 2018, has got his Neste Rally Finland debut off to a strong start with the 12th fastest time in the WRC3 category through the opening stage, the 2.31-kilometre Harju superspecial.