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Lindholm fights for third Finnish Rally Championship competitions win in Riihimäki

23.05.2019 / Marko Mäkinen

Team GRX’s Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen will pursue Finnish Rally Championship series SM1-group’s third win in Riihimäki. Traditional Riihimäki rally has been part of the Finnish rally calendar since 1960’s. For Lindholm, competing with Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, this ”Riksu-rally” is the first one.

”Last time they were competing for Finnish Championship points in Riihimäki I was driving ADAC GT Masters- racing series in Germany. It is amusing that my so called ”near by competition” is the only one I haven’t participated. I have been going through the routes of Rovaniemi many times but Riihimäki is a new rally for me”.

Preliminary data tells that nine special stages and 110 kilometre route has been taken togood surfaces and characteristic roads. Lindholm and Korhonen are starting the route in number 29 spot.

”I think there is roads ahead of us that will suit us well. Even if we go to smaller roads with our car it isn’t a bad option because both, Volkswagen and us, enjoy technically difficult roads”.

Lindholm drove preparatory tests last week and everything is ready for the upcoming weekend. 

”Our car is performing for the first time on gravel roads in Riihimäki. We changed to summer settings on the suspension and didn’t have to change pretty much anything else. It felt good on the preparatory tests so we are entering the rally with sound minds”, Lindholm says.

”OnS M1-group there is few surprising noshows but the groups top three and closest competitors are in. Front wheel drive cars that start in front of us drive more linear than four-wheel drive cars, so it might be fun to start after them because the roads may be slippery. We are driving for to win our own group”, Lindholmsays.

SM Riihimäki Rally starts on Saturday from city centre of Riihimäki at 11.01am. In the competition there is nine special stages driven, all together 110,43 kilometres. During the day the competitors visit maintenance starting at 13:55 and 17:04 at Riihimäki’s Urheilupuisto area. Rally’s finish line is at Riihimäki’s Ragnar Granit’s square where the first cars are arriving at 19.32.

Photo: Marko Mäkinen

Score top 5

1. Teemu Asunmaa / Jani Salo 102 points Alavuden UA (R5)
2. Juha Salo / Topi Luhtinen 99 points Karkkilan UA (R5)
3. Emil Lindholm / Mikael Korhonen 67 points NHD (R5)
4. Kristian Kiviniemi / Enni Mälkönen 51 points ParkUA (R5)
5. Jari Ketomaa / Marko Sallinen 39 points MikUA ()

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Calendar 2019

Rally Location Date
1. Arctic Lapland Rally Rovaniemi 24.-26.1.
2. SM O.K. Auto-ralli Kouvola 15.-16.2.
3. SM-Itäralli Joensuu 2.3.
4. SM Riihimäki Ralli
Riihimäki 24.-25.5.
5. Pohjanmaa Ralli
Seinäjoki 14.-15.6.
6. SM Oili Jalonen Ralli
Laitila  30.-31.8.
7. SM Ralli Salo-Turku
Turku-Salo 27.-28.9.

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