Stage by stage

Special stage by special stage. Route of Neste Rally Finland 2019 highlights and specs.

Let Deputy Clerk of the Course Kari Nuutinen and Skoda works driver Kalle Rovanperä give you the highlights of Neste Rally Finland 2019.

In General

Kalle Rovanperä: 
”The route sounds quite good. It is always interesting when something new is involved. On the other hand, it is also great that we have something familiar in there, so we can use our experience from last year.”

“Neste Rally Finland is good for me and our target is to win there. Last year we were getting experience and the best possible result and of course that is our goal also this year.”

THURSDAY 1.8.

Shakedown Vesala 

Kari Nuutinen: 
”Shakedown went well last year so it’s now the very same. Vesala defines the route well and the Service Park is nearby, so teams can make last minute set-ups. The Shakedown starts an hour later than previous years because of the international live TV audience.”

Harju 

Kari Nuutinen: 
”Harju is still very popular. It is a proper special stage that includes tarmac and gravel between the famous Finnish trees. The stage is two kilometers long, but it is fitted in a very compact area which ensures spectacular sounds all over the area. Harju offers something to all the drivers, spectators and partners.” 

FRIDAY 2.8. 

In General

Kalle Rovanperä: 
”Friday’s leg was pretty rough last year in the second pass. We have to be focused there this year as well.”

Oittila 

Kari Nuutinen: 
”Last year the Oittila stage was practically sold out. We had to close the entry roads and the competitors had hard times to be on time. That’s why we decided to move Oittila to be the first in the morning, when we can use different route for competitor’s liaison route. Also, the repeat interval of the stages becomes shorter, because Oittila is the only stage, the competitors passes just once. For the organizers and spectators, this is a better choice.

Moksi 

Kari Nuutinen: 
”In the Moksi area you could build a 100 kilometer long stage and it would still be a great test. This particular stage is very challenging. It includes a lot of rhythm changes. The Moksi junction is traditionally one of the best places to watch Neste Rally Finland.

Urria 

Kari Nuutinen: 
”Last year in Urria, we used some fairly new parts. After some renovation, the stage will be even better this year. Urria still includes all the elements that spectators love, like the enormous jump. Motorsport fans remember also the favorite place of Mikko Hirvonen, which makes the cars jump sideways.” 

Ässämäki 

Kari Nuutinen: 
”Ässämäki is familiar from Halinen’s stage. It’s a great stage for fans. Some parts are fast and other parts are slower. This stage uses mostly small roads.

Äänekoski 

Kari Nuutinen: 
”There is now completely new road section in the end of the stage made by the locals. Also, the so called tail in the end of the stage have been turned to other way. The partnership with the city of Äänekoski brings its own great features to the stage.”

SATURDAY 3.8. 

Pihlajakoski

Kari Nuutinen:
”Compared to last year, Pihlajakoski has faced the biggest modification. Now it is even more delicious. The beginning is on a smaller road section which changes to a bigger road. After that the stage turns to Kärpäntie, which is familiar from previous years. 10 kilometers of the stage is completely new.”

Kalle Rovanperä: 
”It was a great experience when we drove from Pihlajakoski to service park last year with a broken car. I’ve never seen that many people to cheer and support us.”

Päijälä 

Kari Nuutinen: 
”Päijälä is exactly in same form what we used in 2017. All in all, it is fabulous road and maybe the stage that defines best what Neste Rally Finland is all about. Päijälä also includes the bend that’s been popular previous years. The bend is in the halfway of the stage. Lots of drivers have had hard times to drive it clean.”

Kakaristo 

Kari Nuutinen: 
”The start of Kakaristo have changed a bit and it’s now at Rapsulantie. After three kilometers the route turns to familiar Kakaristo stage from the Taikinanmäki junction. The beginning of stage have been used last time in 1997, so we can call it a new part of the stage. Last year the drivers said that Kakaristo is even better than the legendary Ouninpohja.

Kalle Rovanperä: 
”In my opinion, Kakaristo was a fine stage. There are some smaller and bigger roads. The stage is very technical and if you get the rhythm right, you can make great times like we did last year.”.fi

Leustu 

Kari Nuutinen: 
”Leustu has lots of great places to spectate. Those places are also quite easy to access. The stage is near Jyväskylä and it runs just next to the main roads. Leustu is not only great for competitors but also for spectators.” 

Kalle Rovanperä: 
”Leustu has to be a great stage because it’s all new for me. It is awesome to hit the stage with the rally car.”

SUNDAY 4.8.

Ruuhimäki ja Laukaa 

Kari Nuutinen: 
”Power Stage demands a stage worth of it. And here it is! The grand finale of Neste Rally Finland is a real superstar. If you like spectacular jumps, you’re going to love the finish of the stage. Ruuhimäki left a great feeling last year and the municipality of Laukaa will again do their best to arrange a great event. Internationally, Ruuhimäki has been a benchmark for other WRC events. In Mexico the organizers wanted the same kind of jump to their rally too.”

Kalle Rovanperä: 
”The end of Ruuhimäki is very cool though the mega jump isn’t the easiest one because you have to flat out over it but there is no room for mistakes. Last year we managed to drive a very good time there and it actually was comparable to WRC drivers who still fought for the Power Stage points.”