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Lindholm fighting to win in Joensuu

28.02.2019 / Marko Mäkinen

Team GRX’s Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen are returning to Finnish Rally Championship series in the last winter season’s rally in Joensuu. Lindholm and Korhonen couldn’t attend the previous SM-rally in Kouvola because of WRC Rally Sweden was held at the same time. The twosome who won the Finnish Rally Championship opener Arctic Lapland-rally in Rovaniemi will start this upcoming Saturday at Itäralli in third place in SM-points, starting from position four.

“We again got good and important experiences among other things of our new car from Rally Sweden. Our car is in a good performance shape, so I don’t think we need to make any adjustments after Thursday’s test day”

“Volkswagen is actually more sensitive car for adjustments than my previous cars. If we do something it is going to be no more than fine adjustments to the stiffness of our suspension”

Winner of the SM-season opener will seek a good ending to the winter season and lot of points from this weekend’s competition.

“We are heading to Joensuu with a good feeling. Of course we are trying to win. Now that we have that one allowed zero points rally, all the points from Itäralli are important to us considering the series”

“We get to drive fast also in Joensuu, I have no doubt of that. We are going to Itäralli with same tactics as Rally Sweden; making good notes that we can trust and drive fast and keep our heads calm”, Lindholm plans.

SM Itäralli will start this Saturday at 10:01 from Joensuu Market Square. On the competition there are six special stages driven which all together are 97.5 kilometres. Rally’s finish line is the ending of Super Special stage driven in Joensuu racetrack, 1.7 kilometres, in front of the audience. The winners are expected on the finish line Saturday afternoon starting 17:53.

Photo: Timo Anis

Score top 5

1. Lauri Joona / Tuukka Shemeikka 103 points SAU (Rally2)
2. Jari Huttunen / Antti Haapala 100 points KiuUA (R5)
3. Teemu Asunmaa / Ville Mannisenmäki 97 points Alavuden UA (Rally2)
4. Juha Salo / Kristian Temonen 85 points Karkkilan UA (Rally2)
5. Roope Korhonen / Anssi Viinikka 40 points LMM (R5)

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Calendar 2023

1) 12.-14.1. Arctic Lapland Rally, Rovaniemi
2) 3.-4.2. IsoValkeinen SM-Ralli Kuopio
3) 3.-4.3. SM Jyväskylän Talviralli, Jyväskylä
4) 19.-20.5. SM Pohjanmaa Ralli, Seinäjoki
5) 16.-17.6. SM Itäralli, Joensuu
6) 11.-12.8. Future SM-ralli, Lahti
7) 29.-30.9. SM Kokkola Ralli, Kokkola

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