2021 World Rally Championship Rally Finland Preview

This week is due to see the World Rally Championship (WRC) hold its second event in Finland in 2021, and its tenth of the season.

Sebastien Ogier will enter the rally leading the championship for drivers having finished third overall, and in the Power Stage, at the Acropolis Rally in Greece. The Frenchman has a 44 point gap to nearest rival Elfyn Evans who despite suffering early mechanical issues finished sixth in Greece and second in the Power Stage.

Completing the top three in the standings is Thierry Neuville who also had issues during the last rally in Greece. The Belgian did manage to finish the overall rally in eighth and went on to finish fourth in the Power Stage. He is six points behind Evans but is only one point ahead of fourth placed Kalle Rovanpera.

WRC Neste Rally Finland (2019)” by Kyn Wai Chung is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Rovanpera claimed his second victory of 2021 in Greece where he also went on to win the Power Stage. It was the Finn’s fourth top three finish of the season and gives him a 23 point buffer to fifth placed Ott Tanak who finished second in Greece.

In the championship for manufacturers Toyota continues to head the standings and has a 57 point advantage over second placed Hyundai going into this week’s rally.

Third in the standings is M-Sport Ford who are 187 points behind Hyundai.

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