August 1st, 2013
Thierry Neuville capped an impressive opening day of Rally Finland by winning the Super Special Stage and earning himself breathing space at the top of the leaderboard. The M-Sport Ford driver shared the lead with Volkswagen’s Sebastien Ogier and twice with Citroen’s Mikko Hirvonen, but moved himself 5.2s clear of the championship leader after SS6. Hirvonen had replaced Ogier as the joint leader after victory on SS4, but suffered a disastrous SS5.
July 5th, 2013
Prodrive’s Mini will return to the World Rally Championship in Finland with Jarkko Nikara driving an upgraded John Cooper Works WRC. The 27-year-old Finn has competed on his home WRC round six times previously, but this year’s August 1-3 event will be his first time in a frontrunning car capable of troubling the podium places.
June 29th, 2013
Kris Meeke will return to a factory World Rally Championship seat in Finland to stand in for Khalid Al Qassimi at Citroen next month. Al Qassimi has to miss the event due to business commitments, leaving a vacancy in the car Citroen runs under the Abu Dhabi banner. Meeke, the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion, has not had a top WRC seat since the Prodrive Mini programme was cut back at the end of 2011