SM Oili Jalonen Rally 9.9.2017

Important mileage and points from Uusikaupunki Rally

Jukka Kasi and Henri Ania’s rally-fall has been all about preparing for the Finnish Championship Rally in Uusikaupunki, which was driven after the Neste Rally. One week prior to Uusikaupunki Rally, the local Pohjanmaa Rally provided a chance to get back behind the wheel after a long driving pause and compete against some of the same drivers as in the Finnish Championship series. Kasi and Ania placed fifth in the two-day Pohjanmaa Rally.

The eight-special-stage Finnish Championship Rally in Uusikaupunki commenced in rainy conditions, which translated into some careful driving from Kasi’s side.

We set out to get in touch with driving again after a long pause. Our goal was to finish the rally in order to gain the important Finnish Championship points, Kasi summed up the plans for the rally.

The pair took home the 7th highest points in the SM1-class despite a flat tire in special stage six.

The series of flat tires that has been a nuisance during this season continued. We hit a rock on the roadway at the midpoint of the SS, which resulted in flat front tire and us falling 1 minute and 20 seconds behind the fastest pair on the SS, Kasi describes.

Preparations for next rally in Tampere are already under way.

Just more practice, Kasi states.

Text: Vesa Rauhala

Picture: Taneli Niinimäki, Hannu Rainamo, Rally Team Kasing