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KMS Racing drivers made positive debuts in the opening day of Arctic Lapland Rally

13.01.2023 / KMS Racing Press

KMS Racing’s Ford Fiestas drove a clean and positive day on the opening day of the Finnish Rally Championship. Making his debut with four-wheel-drive car, Jani Luhtaniemi is running third in FRC2. In the FRC3 category, Daniel Poláśek’s snow debut and Joonas Ojala’s Rally4 debut were a positive sign of things to come.

KMS Racing drivers’ Arctic Lapland Rally opening day was positive. The three crews drove a clean day without any major errors.

Making his four-wheel-drive debut in the FRC2 category, Jani Luhtaniemi is third in category. Still learning the new car, Luhtaniemi’s pace was impressive on Friday, and the 26-year-old aims to increase pace going into second day.

-The day was good besides Kaihuavaara. We had to reverse a bit there and lost time, but otherwise a solid day. Tomorrow we’ll push a bit further. There are good roads on the schedule, so we’ll see how they go, Luhtamäki told after the opening day.

In the SM3 category KMS Racing youngsters drove a clean day. Driving on the snow the first time, 23-year-old Czech driver Daniel Poláśek performed well and drove a clean day being sixth in category by the time of the night break.

-We had an awesome day. We learned a lot of new things and experienced completely new types of stages. We’re happy we finished today, and tomorrow we want to finish the rally as well as improve on the fast corners, Poláśek smiled after the Friday’s stages.

Making his debut in Rally4, the 16-year-old Joonas Ojala drove a clean day as well finishing up in seventh place going into evening’s service break.

-The day started well on the first stage, our performance was clean and good. We made small errors on a few stages that costed us a lot of time however, Ojala said at the night’s service.  

Arctic Lapland Rally continues tomorrow Saturday with six special stages and 140,18 special stage kilometres.

Arctic Lapland Rally FRC2-category results after 5/11 stages:

1.

Benjamin Korhola

48:12,4

 

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

2.

Henri Hokkala

48:35,1

+22,7

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

3.

Jani Luhtaniemi

48:48,5

+36,1

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

4.

Ville Ruokanen

48:49,3

+36,9

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

5.

Toni Herranen

50:16,5

+2:04,1

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

 

Arctic Lapland Rally FRC3-category results after 5/11 stages:

1.

Tuomas Välilä

51:48,6

 

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

2.

Justus Räikkönen

52:29,1

+40,5

Peugeot 208 Rally4

FIN

3.

Jooa Iivari

52:43,0

+54,4

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

4.

Nao Otake

53:09,3

+1:20,7

Renault Clio Rally4

JPN

5.

Mille Johansson

54:06,1

+2:17,5

Ford Fiesta Rally4

SWE

6.

Daniel Poláśek

55:06,7

+3:18,1

Ford Fiesta Rally4

CZE

7.

Joonas Ojala

55:59,4

+4:10,8

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

 

Special Stage Results in FRC2:

SS1 – Jyrhämäjärvi – 28,99 km

1.

Henri Hokkala

13:23,7

 

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

2.

Benjamin Korhola

13:30,3

+6,6

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

3.

Ville Ruokanen

13:33,3

+9,6

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

4.

Jani Luhtaniemi

13:34,5

+10,8

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

5.

Toni Herranen

13:42,8

+19,1

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

 

SS2 – Mäntyvaara 1 – 3,50 km

1.

Henri Hokkala

2:47,6

 

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

2.

Ville Ruokanen

2:48,1

+0,5

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

3.

Benjamin Korhola

2:48,5

+0,9

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

4.

Jani Luhtaniemi

2:53,0

+5,4

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

5.

Toni Herranen

2:55,3

+7,7

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

 

SS3 – Kaihuavaara – 28,20 km

1.

Benjamin Korhola

15:35,4

 

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

2.

Ville Ruokanen

15:45,0

+9,6

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

3.

Jani Luhtaniemi

15:52,8

+17,4

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

4.

Henri Hokkala

15:56,4

+21,0

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

5.

Eamonn Kelly

16:41,3

+1:05,9

Ford Fiesta Rally3

IRE

 

SS4 – Kivalo-Siikakämä – 27,13 km

1.

Henri Hokkalaa

13:26,6

 

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

2.

Benjamin Korhola

13:29,8

+3,2

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

3.

Jani Luhtaniemi

13:37,4

+10,8

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

4.

Toni Herranen

13:48,2

+21,6

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

5.

Ville Ruokanen

13:49,9

+23,3

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

 

SS5 – Mäntyvaara 2 – 3,50 km

1.

Benjamin Korhola

2:48,4

 

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

2.

Henri Hokkala

2:50,8

+2,4

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

3.

Jani Luhtaniemi

2:50,8

+2,4

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

4.

Toni Herranen

2:51,6

+3,2

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

5.

Ville Ruokanen

2:53,0

+4,6

Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIN

 

Special Stage Results in FRC3:

SS1 – Jyrhämäjärvi – 28,99 km

1.

Tuomas Välilä

14:02,4

 

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

2.

Jooa Iivari

14:15,9

+13,5

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

3.

Yuki Yamamoto

14:15,9

+13,5

Renault Clio Rally4

JPN

4.

Niko Patajoki

14:22,7

+20,3

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

5.

Justus Räikkönen

14:32,2

+29,8

Peugeot 208 Rally4

FIN

6.

Joonas Ojala

14:33,3

+30,9

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

9.

Daniel Poláśek

14:51,1

+48,7

Ford Fiesta Rally4

CZE

 

SS2 – Mäntyvaara 1 – 3,50 km

1.

Jooa Iivari

3:09,9

 

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

2.

Tuomas Välilä

3:10,6

+0,7

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

3.

Justus Räikkönen

3:13,4

+3,5

Peugeot 208 Rally4

FIN

4.

Niko Patajoki

3:14,0

+4,1

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

5.

Leevi Lassila

3:17,8

+7,9

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

10.

Daniel Poláśek

3:20,2

+10,3

Ford Fiesta Rally4

CZE

11.

Joonas Ojala

3:28,1

+18,2

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

 

SS3 – Kaihuavaara – 28,20 km

1.

Tuomas Välilä

16:47,6

 

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

2.

Justus Räikkönen

17:02,8

+15,2

Peugeot 208 Rally4

FIN

3.

Nao Otake

17:09,2

+21,6

Renault Clio Rally4

JPN

4.

Jooa Iivari

17:23,2

+35,6

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

5.

Mille Johansson

17:47,4

+59,8

Ford Fiesta Rally4

SWE

6.

Daniel Poláśek

18:10,3

+1:22,7

Ford Fiesta Rally4

CZE

7.

Joonas Ojala

18:13,5

+1:25,9

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

 

SS4 – Kivalo-Siikakämä – 27,13 km

1.

Tuomas Välilä

14:26,9

 

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

2.

Justus Räikkönen

14:29,8

+2,9

Peugeot 208 Rally4

FIN

3.

Nao Otake

14:38,3

+11,4

Renault Clio Rally4

JPN

4.

Jooa Iivari

14:43,9

+17,0

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

5.

Niko Patajoki

15:00,7

+33,8

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

7.

Daniel Poláśek

15:23,8

+56,9

Ford Fiesta Rally4

CZE

8.

Joonas Ojala

16:21,0

+1:54,1

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

SS5 – Mäntyvaara 2 – 3,50 km

1.

Jooa Iivari

3:10,1

 

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

2.

Justus Räikkönen

3:10,9

+0,8

Peugeot 208 Rally4

FIN

3.

Mille Johansson

3:11,1

+1,0

Ford Fiesta Rally4

SWE

4.

Niko Patajoki

3:13,6

+3,5

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

5.

Nao Otake

3:18,8

+8,7

Renault Clio Rally4

JPN

7.

Daniel Poláśek

3:21,3

+11,2

Ford Fiesta Rally4

CZE

8.

Joonas Ojala

3:23,5

+13,4

Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIN

 

Photo: Merita Mäkinen

Score top 5

1. Roope Korhonen / Anssi Viinikka 88 points LMM (Rally2)
2. Teemu Asunmaa / Ville Mannisenmäki 75 points AlavUA (Rally2)
3. Benjamin Korhola / Sebastian Virtanen 74 points VihUA (Rally2)
4. Anssi Rytkönen / Mikael Korhonen 65 points KoMoKe (R5)
5. Niclas Grönholm / Kristian Temonen 49 points EMSC (Rally2)

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Calendar 2024

1) 12.-13.1. SM Auto Sorsa Riihimäki-Ralli, Riihimäki
2) 1.-3.2. 59. Arctic Lapland Rally, Rovaniemi
3) 8.-9.3. SM Tuuri Ralli, Alavus
4) 24.-25.5. SM Mad-Croc Länsirannikon Ralli, Turku
5) 14.-15.6. SM Pohjanmaa Ralli, Seinäjoki
6) 23.-24.8. Future SM-ralli, Lahti
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