2009 Rally Finland

The 2009 Neste Oil Rally Finland was the 59th running of the Rally Finland and the ninth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season. The rally consisted of 23 special stages and was won by Ford's Mikko Hirvonen. This marked his third victory in a row and his first in his home event. Last year's winner Sébastien Loeb of Citroën finished second and took his first podium since the Rally Argentina back in April. Jari-Matti Latvala beat Dani Sordo to the final podium spot.

2009 Rally Finland
59th Neste Oil Rally Finland
Round 9 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Conrad Rautenbach - Rally Finland 2009.JPG
Host countryFinland Finland
Rally baseJyväskylä
Dates run30 July – 2 August 2009
Stages23 (345.15 km; 214.47 miles)
Stage surfaceGravel
Results
Overall winnerFinland Mikko Hirvonen
United Kingdom BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT
Crews90 at start, 61 at finish

EntriesEdit

The final entry list included 90 crews – the highest number in any event this season. 18 drivers contested the event in the top category World Rally Car and ten were registered for the Junior World Rally Championship.[1] In addition to usual names, Matti Rantanen, who finished seventh in last year's event in a private Ford Focus RS WRC 06, partnered Federico Villagra in the Munchi's Ford World Rally Team and drove the 2008-spec Focus WRC.[2]

Ferrari's 2007 Formula One world champion Kimi Räikkönen made his WRC debut at the event. This was also his first rally on gravel, after competing in two snow rallies in Finland and in a tarmac rally in Italy. As previously, he drove the Super 2000 class Fiat Grande Punto Abarth prepared by Tommi Mäkinen Racing.[3] Räikkönen faced competition from other S2000 entrants such as Juho Hänninen, Anton Alén and Janne Tuohino and from Group N drivers such as Patrik Flodin. Former Stobart M-Sport Ford driver Urmo Aava entered the event in a Honda Civic Type-R R3.[1]

Entry ListEdit

No. Driver Co-driver Entrant Car Gr. Cl.
1   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena   Citroën Total World Rally Team Citroën C4 WRC A 8
2   Daniel Sordo   Marc Martí   Citroën Total World Rally Team Citroën C4 WRC A 8
3   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen   BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 09 A 8
4   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila   BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 09 A 8
5   Matthew Wilson   Scott Martin   Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 A 8
6   Henning Solberg   Cato Menkerud   Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 A 8
7   Evgeny Novikov   Dale Moscatt   Citroën Junior Team Citroën C4 WRC A 8
8   Conrad Rautenbach   Daniel Barritt   Citroën Junior Team Citroën C4 WRC A 8
9   Federico Villagra   Jorge Perez Companc   Munchi's Ford World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 A 8
10   Matti Rantanen   Mikko Lukka   Munchi's Ford World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 A 8
11   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills   Petter Solberg MSN Citroën Xsara WRC A 8
12   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia   Citroën Junior Team Citroën C4 WRC A 8
14   Mads Østberg   Jonas Andersson   Adapta AS Subaru Impreza WRC 2008 A 8
15   Khalid Al-Qassimi   Michael Orr   BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 A 8
16   Jari Ketomaa   Mika Stenberg   Ketomaa WRT Subaru Impreza WRC 2007 A 8
17   Jukka Ketomäki   Kai Risberg   Kai Risberg Škoda Octavia WRC Evo3 A 8
31   Aaron Burkart   Michael Kölbach   Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 A 6
32   Michał Kościuszko   Maciej Szczepaniak   Michał Kościuszko Suzuki Swift S1600 A 6
33   Simone Bertolotti   Luca Celestini   Simone Bertolotti Suzuki Swift S1600 A 6
34   Luca Griotti   Corrado Bonato   Luca Griotti Renault Clio R3 A 7
35   Yoann Bonato   Benjamin Boulloud   Yoann Bonato Suzuki Swift S1600 A 6
36   Hans Weijs   Björn Degandt   KNAF Talent First Team Holland Citroën C2 S1600 A 6
37   Kevin Abbring   Erwin Mombaerts   KNAF Talent First Team Holland Renault Clio R3 A 7
38   Martin Prokop   Jan Tománek   Czech National Team Citroën C2 S1600 A 6
39   Mark Wallenwein   Stefan Kopczyk   TRT Srl. Renault Clio R3 A 7
59   Kalle Pinomäki   Matti Kaskinen   Kalle Pinomäki Renault Clio R3 A 7
61   Nicos Thomas   Angelos Loizides   Pirelli Star Driver Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X N 4
62   Jon Williams   George Gwynn   Pirelli Star Driver Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X N 4
63   Jarkko Nikara   Jarkko Kalliolepo   Pirelli Star Driver Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X N 4
64   Martin Semerád   Bohuslav Ceplecha   Pirelli Star Driver Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X N 4
65   Mark Tapper   Jeff Judd   Pirelli Star Driver Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X N 4
66   Juho Hänninen   Mikko Markkula   Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 N 4
67   Anton Alén   Timo Alanne   Anton Alén Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000 N 4
68   Patrik Flodin   Göran Bergsten   Uspenskiy Rally Tecnica Subaru Impreza WRX STi N 4
69   Janne Tuohino   Markku Tuohino   Janne Tuohino Peugeot 207 S2000 N 4
70   Kimi Räikkönen   Kaj Lindström   Kimi Räikkönen Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000 N 4
71   Jouni Arolainen   Risto Pietiläinen   Jouni Arolainen Ford Focus RS WRC 04 A 8
72   Mattias Therman   Janne Perälä   Munchi's Ford World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 A 8
73   Sveinung Bieltvedt   Roger Eilertsen   Sveinung Bieltvedt Subaru Impreza WRX STi N 4
74   Ott Tänak   Kristo Kraag   Ott Tänak Subaru Impreza WRX STi N 4
75   Urmo Aava   Kuldar Sikk   Urmo Aava Honda Civic Type-R R3 A 7
76   Ari Laivola   Kari Mustalahti   Ari Laivola Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N 4
77   Jukka Metsälä   Sari Ohra-aho   Jukka Metsälä Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X N 4
78   Radik Shaymiev   Timur Kafarov   Radik Shaymiev Peugeot 207 S2000 N 4
79   Reijo Muhonen   Timo Mäenpää   Reijo Muhonen Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N 4
80   Petri Lehtovirta   Juha Kanerva   Petri Lehtovirta Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N 4
81   Pekka Savela   Ville Mäkelä   Pekka Savela Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N 4
82   Jukka Hara   Petteri Luostarinen   Jukka Hara Subaru Impreza WRX STi N 4
83   Ville Silvasti   Jani Rauhala   Jani Rauhala Subaru Impreza WRX STi N 4
84   Timo Pulkkinen   Lasse Miettinen   Timo Pulkkinen Subaru Impreza WRX STi A 8
85   Pekka Vihma   Kim Niemelä   Pekka Vihma Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N 4
86   Jarmo Komsi   Pasi Karppinen   Jarmo Komsi Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N 4
87   Kai Ahola   Peter Flythström   Kai Ahola Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII A 8
88   Fabio Frisiero   Jordi Barrabés Costa   Fabio Frisiero Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N 4
89   Georg Gross   Raigo Mõlder   Georg Gross Subaru Impreza WRX STi N 4
90   Tomi Weurlander   Veijo Vyörykkä   Tomi Weurlander Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII N 4
91   Jukka Kihlman   Harri Kihlman   Jukka Kihlman Subaru Impreza WRX STi N 4
92   Jouni Virtanen   Jussi Martiskin   Jouni Virtanen Subaru Impreza WRX STi N 4
93   Tony Ahti   Mika Joensuu   Tony Ahti Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N 4
94   Asko Mäkinen   Veli-Matti Haljala   Asko Mäkinen Subaru Impreza WRX STi N 4
95   Axel Lindholm   Timo Hantunen   Axel Lindholm Honda Civic Type-R N 3
96   Silvano Pintarelli   Mauro Marchioni   Silvano Pintarelli Renault Clio R3 A 7
97   Craig Breen   Gareth Roberts   Craig Breen Ford Fiesta ST N 3
98   Patrick Anglade   Björn Röhm   Patrick Anglade Ford Fiesta ST N 3
99   Jussi Kumpumäki   Mikael Korhonen   Jussi Kumpumäki Ford Fiesta ST N 3
100   Emre Yurdakul   Burak Erdener   Castrol Ford Team Turkiye Ford Fiesta ST N 3
101   Burcu Cetinkaya   Cicek Guney   Castrol Ford Team Turkiye Ford Fiesta ST N 3
102   Bader Al-Jabri   Stephen McAuley   Team Abu Dhabi Ford Fiesta ST N 3
103   Majed Al-Shamsi   Allan Harryman   Team Abu Dhabi Ford Fiesta ST N 3
104   Denis Grodetskiy   Safoniy Lotko   Cueks Racing Ford Fiesta ST N 3
105   Ahmed Al-Mansoori   Killian Duffy   Team Abu Dhabi Ford Fiesta ST N 3
106   Timo Pitkäniemi   Ossi Lehtonen   Timo Pitkäniemi Renault Clio RS N 3
107   Fabrizio de Sanctis   Sergio Biancolli   Fabrizio de Sanctis Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI A 8
108   Daniel Cambon   Valerie Antherieu   Daniel Cambon Renault Clio RS N 3
109   Jari Laakso   Jari Tarvainen   Jari Laakso Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V A 5
110   Ville Ruokanen   Timo Pallari   Ville Ruokanen Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V A 5
111   Kari Hytönen   Ismo Pietiläinen   Kari Hytönen Suzuki Swift Sport N 2
112   Ilkka Kariste   Toni Valovaara   Ilkka Kariste Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V A 5
113   Mikael Wikstedt   Hannu Rokkanen   Mikael Wikstedt Škoda Fabia 1.4 16V A 5
114   Jouko Pulkkinen   Petri Hänninen   Jouko Pulkkinen Volkswagen Polo GTi N 2
115   Toni Harsia   Timo Kekkonen   Toni Harsia Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V A 5
116   Teemu Horkama   Sami Sarjula   Teemu Horkama Škoda Felicia 1.3 A 5
117   Patrik Ottosson   Stefan Ottosson   Patrik Ottosson Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V A 5
118   Raimo Kaisanlahti   Tapani Pulkkinen   Raimo Kaisanlahti Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V A 5
119   Tomi Vilenius   Sami Ryynänen   Tomi Vilenius Ford Puma Kit Car A 5
120   Matti Tuominen   Pekka Leppälä   Matti Tuominen Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V A 5
121   Pasi Laaksomaa   Susanna Söyrilä   Pasi Laaksomaa Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V A 5
122   Nick West   Chris Melling   Nick West Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V A 5
123   Adrian Linton   Jonathan Linton   Jonathan Linton Opel Astra OPC N 3
124   Juhani Länsikorpi   Pasi Haataja   Juhani Länsikorpi Toyota Yaris A 5

SummaryEdit

 
Petter Solberg on the Killeri super special stage

As in the previous year's event, the battle for the win was between the title contenders Mikko Hirvonen of Ford and Sébastien Loeb of Citroën. Although Loeb proved faster on the opening super special stage, Hirvonen took the lead when the rally really got underway on Friday, and began building up a lead by about a second per stage. Loeb backed off and settled for second after damaging a tyre and losing 13 seconds on SS15. Hirvonen's win was his first in his home event, after finishing runner-up to Marcus Grönholm in 2007 and to Loeb in 2008. Jari-Matti Latvala, who suffered from food poisoning on day two, passed Dani Sordo to take his first podium in his home event. Petter Solberg also looked set to challenge for a podium place, but suffered a puncture and then went wide and got stuck in a ditch right at the end of the fourth stage.[4]

 
Red Bull Rally Team's Juho Hänninen won the Group N class in a Škoda Fabia S2000.

Munchi's Ford driver Matti Rantanen took a career-best fifth place in only his second rally in a World Rally Car. After Stobart's Henning Solberg, Rantanen's main challenger for the position, retired with a broken suspension, Rantanen was chased down by Citroën Junior Team's Sébastien Ogier. Ogier closed to within 0.6 seconds before the final stage but a time only 0.3 seconds faster than Rantanen's kept him in sixth place.[5] Ogier's teammates Evgeny Novikov and Conrad Rautenbach both crashed out. Novikov crashed on both Friday and Saturday mornings while Rautenbach held ninth place until his accident on the penultimate stage.

Jari Ketomaa made his World Rally Car debut in a private Subaru Impreza WRC2007 and was another driver to challenge for fifth, the "best of the rest" position. He incurred a puncture and struggled with steering damage on Friday, losing over a minute, but recovered to overtake Stobart's Matthew Wilson for eighth and then began closing in on Mads Østberg in a year newer Impreza WRC. As the Norwegian crashed out on SS19, Ketomaa took the seventh place and his first-ever WRC points, and Wilson eighth and his first-ever point in the Rally Finland. Khalid al-Qassimi finished ninth and production class winner Juho Hänninen beat Munchi's Federico Villagra for tenth place. Martin Prokop won the Junior World Rally Championship category and secured the junior world title.[6] Crowd favourite Kimi Räikkönen impressed in his WRC debut. Despite engine trouble, he held third place in the production class until rolling out at exactly the same place as Østberg. Räikkönen's performance drew praise from the top rally drivers.[7]

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 2:50:40.9 0.0 10
2   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 2:51:06.0 +25.1 8
3   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 09 2:51:30.8 +49.9 6
4   Dani Sordo   Marc Martí Citroën C4 WRC 2:51:47.0 +1:06.1 5
5   Matti Rantanen   Mikko Lukka Ford Focus RS WRC 08 2:54:59.1 +4:18.2 4
6   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia Citroën C4 WRC 2:54:59.4 +4:18.5 3
7   Jari Ketomaa   Mika Stenberg Subaru Impreza WRC 2007 2:55:48.4 +5:07.5 2
8   Matthew Wilson   Scott Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 08 2:57:14.5 +6:33.6 1
JWRC
1   Martin Prokop   Jan Tománek Citroën C2 S1600 3:17:03.1 0.0 10
2   Kalle Pinomäki   Matti Kaskinen Renault Clio R3 3:17:58.6 +55.5 8
3   Michał Kościuszko   Maciek Szczepaniak Suzuki Swift S1600 3:20:24.0 +3:20.9 6
4   Aaron Nikolai Burkart   Michael Kölbach Suzuki Swift S1600 3:20:53.5 +3:50.4 5
5   Mark Wallenwein   Stefan Kopczyk Renault Clio R3 3:30:28.6 +13:25.5 4
6   Simone Bertolotti   Luca Celestini Suzuki Swift S1600 3:34:19.0 +17:15.9 3
7   Hans Weijs, Jr.   Bjorn Degandt Citroën C2 S1600 3:51:17.8 +34:14.7 2

Special stagesEdit

Day Stage Time (EEST) Name Length Winner Time Rally leader
1 (30-31 Jul) SS1 19:00 Killeri 1 2.06 km   Sébastien Loeb 1:20.3   Sébastien Loeb
SS2 7:38 Jukojärvi 1 22.29 km   Mikko Hirvonen 10:36.2   Mikko Hirvonen
SS3 8:11 Kruununperä 1 13.51 km   Mikko Hirvonen 6:29.9
SS4 8:59 Mökkiperä 1 13.64 km   Sébastien Loeb 6:42.2
SS5 9:46 Palsankylä 1 13.92 km   Sébastien Loeb 7:06.7
SS6 13:02 Jukojärvi 2 22.29 km   Mikko Hirvonen 10:25.2
SS7 13:35 Kruununperä 2 13.51 km   Mikko Hirvonen 6:22.3
SS8 14:23 Mökkiperä 2 13.64 km   Sébastien Loeb 6:37.0
SS9 15:10 Palsankylä 2 13.92 km   Sébastien Loeb 7:01.6
SS10 20:00 Killeri 2 2.06 km   Sébastien Loeb 1:20.2
2 (1 Aug) SS11 7:13 Leustu 1 21.35 km   Mikko Hirvonen 10:04.8
SS12 8:02 Himos 1 20.94 km   Mikko Hirvonen 10:31.7
SS13 9:25 Surkee 1 14.95 km   Mikko Hirvonen 8:01.2
SS14 11:37 Leustu 2 21.35 km   Mikko Hirvonen 10:03.4
SS15 12:26 Himos 2 20.94 km   Mikko Hirvonen 10:35.4
SS16 13:49 Surkee 2 14.95 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 7:59.7
SS17 16:11 Urria 12.75 km   Mikko Hirvonen 5:55.5
SS18 17:19 Kavala 10.35 km   Jari-Matti Latvala
  Sébastien Ogier
5:10.1
SS19 17:52 Väärinmaja 29.29 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 14:56.3
3 (2 Aug) SS20 8:17 Hannula 10.82 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 5:41.1
SS21 8:58 Myhinpää 1 15.06 km   Sébastien Loeb 6:59.1
SS22 10:51 Myhinpää 2 15.06 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 6:52.1
SS23 12:18 Ruuhimäki 6.5 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 3:12.4

Championship standings after the eventEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 2 2 Ret 2 1 1 1 68
2   Sébastien Loeb 1 1 1 1 1 4 Ret 7 2 65
3   Dani Sordo 2 5 4 3 2 23 12 2 4 44
4   Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 12 Ret 6 1 3 Ret 3 31
5   Henning Solberg 4 4 18 5 3 8 15 3 30 27
6   Petter Solberg 6 3 4 Ret 3 Ret 4 Ret 25
7   Matthew Wilson 7 7 5 Ret 5 6 14 5 8 20
8   Sébastien Ogier 6 10 Ret 17 7 Ret 2 Ret 6 16
9   Federico Villagra 7 7 4 Ret 4 11 14
10   Conrad Rautenbach 18 Ret 6 Ret Ret 9 5 8 Ret 8
11   Mads Østberg 9 6 7 7 Ret Ret 7
12   Khalid al-Qassimi 8 8 8 16 6 9 6
13   Evgeny Novikov 12 Ret Ret 5 16 9 Ret 4
  Chris Atkinson 5 4
  Matti Rantanen 5 4
16   Krzysztof Hołowczyc 6 3
17   Jari Ketomaa 7 2
18   Nasser Al-Attiyah 11 16 8 10 9 1
  Urmo Aava 10 8 29 1
  Lambros Athanassoulas 8 1
Pos Driver IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championshipEdit

Pos Team Event Total
points
IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
1   Citroën Total World Rally Team 18 14 16 16 18 8 4 12 13 119
2   BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 10 8 3 18 18 10 16 105
3   Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 6 5 10 7 5 11 4 64
4   Citroën Junior Team 5 2 4 0 2 5 6 5 4 33
5   Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 3 4 5 0 6 0 2 20

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Finland sets standard with 90 on entry list". Crash.net. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  2. ^ Evans, David (26 June 2009). "Munchi's adds Rantanen for Finland". Autosport. Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  3. ^ Evans, David (29 June 2009). "Raikkonen to contest Rally Finland". Autosport. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Finland SS4 – Loeb fastest as Petter hits trouble". Rally-Live.com. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  5. ^ Beer, Matt (2 August 2009). "Hirvonen secures Finland win". Autosport. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Prokop wins J-WRC title with Finnish victory". Rally-Live.com. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Top rally drivers praise Raikkonen WRC debut". Motorsport.com. 3 August 2009. Archived from the original on 5 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009.

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