Lindholm confident on achieving a spot on the podium
02 August 2022
Emil Lindholm and Reeta Hämäläinen, driving Toksport WRT's Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo, are ready for the challenges of their home rally. In the previous World Championship round, WRC Estonia, The Finnish pair placed third in WRC2 class and tenth in the overall competition. The duo drove their preparatory tests in Arvaja, Jämsä on Monday and everything is in order for the Finnish World Rally Championship round, which starts on Thursday.
Team GRX's Emil Lindholm and Reeta Hämäläinen will go to the WRC Secto Rally Finland, starting on Thursday, to do their best. The duo will start the route with their WRC2 class Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo with starting number 20 and starting position 13.
- Our starting position is good, at least in the second run of the special stages, because the Rally1 cars clear the road in front of us. But on the first drive, the surface of the roads is cleaned even ten cars behind us, Lindholm reminds.
- You can have goals and dreams for the rally but you can't achieve a better result than what your level is good for. We have a great car and good adjustments to our car. In the previous round of the series in Estonia we got an indication that our situation should be quite good in terms of speed.
- Now we just focus on the details and complete the last preliminary preparations well, so that we are as ready as possible to drive in the rally. Differences of tenths of a second arise from small things. You have to be determined right from the start of the rally. Basic reliable and good driving performance should be enough to be among the three fastest drivers. It is a realistic goal and we aim for it, says Lindholm.
The WRC Secto Rally Finland, starting on Thursday evening from Harju in Jyväskylä, is Lindholm's Fifth World Championship Rally of his driving career. A year ago the reigning Finnish champion of the sport celebrated first place in the WRC3 class in Jyväskylä. The upcoming route is somewhat familiar from last fall, although there are also new sections and the driving directions of the special stages have been changed somewhat.
- New sections are only a good thing. In Estonia, we saw that we were clearly strong in the new special stages, and I believe that we are similarly strong in Jyväskylä as well. New sections are always welcome to us.
Lindholm's co-driver Reeta Hämäläinen has her seventh Finnish World Rally Championship in a row ahead of her. She says that the Finnish World Rally is one of the finest rallies on the calendar. When it is also the world's fastest World Rally Championship round, is exceptional preparation required of the co-driver?
- The roads in the Jyväskylä region are amazing and great and it's cool to be part of this rally. Preparing for the upcoming weekend's round is no different from other rallies. We do good and accurate work right from the beginning of the recce and focus on the competition in the same way as on other rallies, Hämäläinen reminds.
- In every World Championship rally, the co-driver must be attentive and alert, but especially in Jyväskylä. At high speed, things are happening in front of us at a fast pace. Rhythm is important when reading the pace notes because in the Finnish World Rally Championship the corners come faster than normal. And precisely because of the high speed the notes has to be read a little bit ahead of time, but not too much, because the driver can't remember everything that was said, Hämäläinen states.
The eighth World Championship Rally of the season, Secto Rally Finland, starts on Thursday, August 4th from Jyväskylä at the Harju city special stage (3.48 km) at 19:08. The rally continues on Friday with nine special stages (124.91 km) on the east and west sides of Jyväskylä and on Saturday with eight special stages (150.30 km) in the direction of Jämsä.
On the last day of the competition, Sunday, the program includes four (43.92 km) special stages. The rally ends at 13:18 with the Power Stage special stage (11.12 km) in Ruuhimäki.