FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC2 – 2015): MINI EUROLAMP WORLD RALLY TEAM – RALLY FINLAND. IN ANTICIPATION OF RAIN
WRC2 A FULL 2015
Rally Finland. In anticipation of rain.
31 July 2015
It looks as if Rally Finland 2015 will have additional ingredient alongside as traditional ones as wide race routs, high speed and abundance of jumps. It is rain.
Forecasters evaluate possibility of rain as 80%, at least on Friday, when race program includes the most exacting and difficult part of race – 34-kilometers Ouninpohja special stage. Moreover, on Thursday, when participants of Rally Finland had traditional trainings – shakedown and superspecial stage, the weather was training too.
A part of shakedown route was wet and slippery after morning rain. During this session, the crew of Eurolamp WRT made three attempts and took 9-th row in WRC2 results table. During evening 2-kilometers SS1 Valery Gorban and Vladimir Korsia again raced in wet conditions – it was rain when WRC2 crews’ turn came to fight. So, the duo decided to take careful pace and reach stage’s finish without needless problems. In intermediate race results table Eurolamp WRT crew occupied 18-th place of WRC2 category within 7 seconds off the leader of the race.
«Weather can bring an alteration in course of the race. Especially if one part of participants will have good luck to race on dry track when others are enforced to risk in wet conditions. But if we speak about our crew I must say that rain never hampered us», – said Valery Gorban when resumed the first day of Rally Finland.
«The most dislikable thing is inability to predict how track conditions change if it rains. Often you wait that this place will be very slippery but it is not true in deed, and wise versa. And you can understand really conditions only after this place is passed. So, if we could choose we would chose dry race. But we are ready to any ones», – added Vladimir Korsia.
On Friday participants of Rally Finland will overcome nearly 160 kilometers of six special stages. Perhaps it will be rainy stages.
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