''Full-length Ouninpohja will make a comeback''
The ninth round of the FIA World Rally Championship 2007, Neste Oil Rally Finland, takes place in Jyväskylä on 2 - 5 August and thus returns to its familiar spot at the beginning of the month.
In addition to the WRC
teams, cars and drivers, the Finnish 'Grand Prix on Gravel' will this year feature also the FIA Junior Rally Championship competitors.
AKK Sports Ltd who organise Rally Finland promise there will be many changes in the event this year. For example, roughly half of the stages used in the 2006 route will be replaced with 'new' ones. The number of special stages will be 23, of which 6 will be driven twice, and the total SS distance will be approximately 360 kilometres.
"The challenge was to find stages that would meet the requirements of today´s World Rally Championship," explained Deputy Clerk of the Course Seppo Harjanne who is responsible for the route.
"There are several special stages in this year´s Neste Oil Rally Finland that are fairly unfamiliar to the drivers currently competing in the WRC. On the other hand, it is virtually impossible to find completely new roads in Central Finland, roads that have never before been included in the route," Harjanne continued.
"We can not go public with more exact details for now - not before all the permits and permissions are in order. I can however reveal that a full-length Ouninpohja will make a comeback. The legendary special stage will not be divided into two separate stages as it has been in the past couple of years," Harjanne promised.
The service park will be in its usual location, in the Jyväskylä Paviljonki area. One significant change in the itinerary will be the Saturday when one of the services is not going to take place in the service park in Jyväskylä, but instead there will be a Remote Service in Jämsä.
"This way we will be able to 'save' two hours, and that time can be allocated for the driving of special stages," said Clerk of the Course Risto Laine.
The new route will be published in March.