WRC 8, the official video game of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, is released today (Thursday 5 September).
It was a baptism of fire for 17-year-old Finn Sami Pajari, who took part in his very first Neste Rally Finland earlier this month after being elected AKK Flying Finn Future Star.
With a week gone since the dust settled in Finland, it’s time to look back at some of the storylines that make the ‘Finnish Grand Prix’ so special. What did we learn from the 69th Rally Finland – and what can it tell us about the rest of the year?
The Finnish round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Neste Rally Finland, driven in the Jyväskylä area in Central Finland 1 - 4 August 2019 was an all-round success.
Toyota driver Ott Tänak, co-driven by Martin Järveoja, has won Rally Finland for the second consecutive year, extending his lead of the drivers’ championship to 22 points over Sébastien Ogier. In total, the Estonian won six of the 23 stages, including the Power Stage, to claim the victory with a 25.6-second margin over Citroen’s Esapekka Lappi.
Finnish rally drivers are renowned all over the world for their flat-out speed and unwavering commitment. Sami Pajari, who was chosen as the AKK Flying Finn Future Star this year, proved that he had both.
Just two stages separate Rally Finland leader Ott Tänak and his second consecutive win on the event, following the two stages that were run on Sunday morning.
Saturday on Rally Finland ended with Toyota driver Ott Tänak in front, having calmly held the lead from the third stage of the day. However, behind him, there was plenty of drama.
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Toyota’s Ott Tänak has pulled out a lead of 13.8 seconds by Saturday lunchtime in Finland, but it’s been a tricky morning for the home team, despite having two cars in first and second.
Sami Pajari, the 17-year-old who has been handed the chance of a lifetime with a prize drive on Neste Rally Finland after being elected AKK Flying Finn Future Star 2019, has made the most of his opportunity on day one.