Spares Box Presents: The Weekend Motorsport Wrap Up – If you want to win, employ a Finn (and hold your race in Finland)
Another weekend, another record, and of course it comes from one of the Motorsport season’s most well-renowned and historic races, the Rally of Finland. Locally, the V8 Supercars arrived in Ipswich for the annual Coates Hire SuperSprint.
Long has the motorsport world been familiar with the saying, “if you want to win, employ a Finn”, and nowhere is that made more apparent than in the forests of Finland, where a twisting network of muddy roads, uneven terrain and country lanes make up the stages of the World Rally Championship’s Rally of Finland.
It’s on these roads that many of the world’s finest racing drivers honed their craft, and this weekend it became apparent as countryman Jari-Mati Latvala claimed not only his third successive Rally Finland victory, but also the record for the fastest rally EVER completed in terms of average speed.
After battling almost neck-and-neck with Sebastien Ogier over the first half the rally, Latvala soon took control and produced a domineering performance on the last day of the rally to claim victory by 13.7 seconds over the championship leader. Ogier’s second place means this holds little sway in terms of the championship picture, and meaning Ogier’s third successive title is now all but certain.
SERIOUSLY, IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A PAPERCLIP
At the Ipswich Circuit, dubbed “The Paperclip” by many, for what I personally find to be absolutely ludicrous reasons, the Prodrive Pepsi Max crew once again asserted their hot run of recent form. However it was junior hotshot Chaz Mostert who claimed the final spoils over his championship-leading teammate Mark Winterbottom.
While the fords of the Pepsi Max Crew consolidated their efforts, the Red Bull Racing Holdens finally found theirs again, with Craig Lowndes enjoying a strong Sunday to finish second overall. Teammate Jamie Whincup struggled once again, only managing a weekend-best of fifth place in one out of the three races. Fortunately, his loss was our gain, as his scrap with Will Davison proved to be one of the few exciting moments of proper racing all weekend.
AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR…
The crash of the week! This week, it has to go to Thierry Neuville, whose Hyundai was claimed by the forests of Finland like so many others before it.