Lindholm: In the WRC Croatia Rally a smart phone is a helpful tool
20 April 2021
Team GRX’s Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen will start the history’s first WRC Croatia Rally, driving Toksport WRT's blue and white Škoda Fabia R5 Evo, with confident minds. In the first phase, the new contract covers World Rally Championships events in Croatia, Portugal, Italia Sardegna and Estonia.
The Finnish duo will start the hunt for the World Rally Championship points in WRC3-class next weekend in the WRC Croatia Rally, first full-length World Rally Championship event in a long time.
“For us, the World Rally Championship events have been shortened due to the weather or the COVID-19, but in Croatia we get to drive the normal amount of rally which is just over 300 kilometres of special stages. I am looking forward to the rally with high interest”, Lindholm says.
“We will start by doing our best, fight for the top positions and drive towards the finish line. I think I have some sort of chance to place in top spots in this series, so I think of the series as a whole. I expect a good pace and sensible driving from myself above all else”, Lindholm sums up.
At the suggestion of Toksport WRT, Lindholm and Korhonen will compete in this year's WRC3 World Championship series with a Finnish-flag coloured Škoda.
“The team suggested this and we thought why not? The colours of the Finnish flag always suit us and looks good”, Lindholm says.
Lindholm says that in the WRC Croatia Rally they have everything new starting from a car and up.
“New car, new team, new rally. I look forward to the future. I've watched the organizer’s videos of the future special stages and there are mostly nice looking tarmac roads with quite a lot of cuts on the turns. The road surface can get quite worn and bumpy by the time of our starting position (number 24). Of course the conditions are the same and equally challenging for everyone in the WRC3-class”, Lindholm reminds.
WRC-class drivers receive road and weather information from their safety crews on special stages that are run twice. In WRC3-class the use of the safety crew is prohibited, so other methods must be used.
“Similar places must be anticipated in the pace notes that you have guts to drive them on the second time. Of course, with the transitions, we will follow the WRC + service from the mobile phone and see how the WRC cars driving ahead will survive the special stages, and at the same time we will see the condition of the road through in-car videos. This is a common practice and an important tool for private drivers. Before the special stages most of the drivers are on their smart phones and hope that there is enough service for the Internet to work”, Lindholm smiles.
The centre and service park of the Croatian World Rally Championship event is in Zagreb. The total length of the rally is 1,279.87 km. The route comprises twenty special stages with a total length of 300.32 km. The rally will start on Friday morning, April 23, at 8:46 Finnish time. The program for the first day of the rally includes eight special stages with a total length of 99.82 km. The competition will continue on Saturday morning at 8:01. The Saturday’s program has eight special stages with a total length of 121.92 km. The closing day of the rally, Sunday, has four special stages (78.58 km).
The rally ends with a 14.01 km Power Stage special stage, for which the first competitor will start at 14:18 Finnish time. Additional points from the Power Stage special stage will also be awarded to WRC3-class drivers.