2022 Rally Finland
August 15, 2022
The 2022 Rally Finland, officially the 71st Secto Rally Finland, was the seventy-first edition and the eighth round of the 2022 World Rally Championship season. It was held from August 4 to 7 and had an itinerary of twenty-two sections on land that added a total of 322.61 timed km. It was also the eighth round of the WRC 2 and WRC 3 championships. The winner of the test was the Estonian Ott Tänak who in a tough and intense duel beat the Toyota men and especially the championship leader Kalle Rovanperä whom he beat by only 6.8 seconds. The third and final step of the podium was occupied by Rovanperä's teammate, Esapekka Lappi, who returned to the home podium after the second place achieved in the 2019 edition. This was also the third victory of the Estonian driver in Finnish lands, equaling the number of wins achieved by Osmo Kalpala, Simo Lampinen, Juha Kankkunen, Sébastien Loeb and Jari-Matti Latvala who also had three wins. In WRC-2 the original winner of the event was local Teemu Suninen who had narrowly beaten his compatriot Emil Lindholm. In post-rally checks, it was discovered that the front bumper of Suninen's Hyundai i20 N Rally2 weighed six hundred grams less than the minimum stated on the homologation sheet, which is why the stewards made the decision to exclude Suninen and award him victory. to Emil Lindholm. Second position went to Estonian Egon Kaur who had originally finished third and the last podium position was occupied by Hayden Paddon originally fourth. Paddon stood on the podium of a World Rally Championship event again after almost four years, his last World Rally podium having been second overall at Rally Australia in 2018.[ 9] In the WRC-3 the winner and absolute dominator of the test was the local Lauri Joona who on his way to victory at home won 20 of the 21 timed stages despite having problems with the steering both on Friday and the of Saturday. Jan Černý winner of the only stage not won by Joona finished in second position, while another local, Toni Herranen finished in third position.