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Finnish Championship decided by one point - Lindholm takes silver
02 October 2022
Team GRX’s Škoda driving duo, Emil Lindholm and Reeta Hämäläinen, won the SM1 class’ Finnish Championship silver medals. The duo finished second in the season-ending Kouvola rally with a difference of only 0.4 seconds. One additional point would have been needed to renew the championship.
 
Finnish Rally Championship season 2022 was resolved in the last special stage of the season (25.50 km). Škoda's Mikko Heikkilä was leading the rally by 1.3 seconds ahead of Lindholm before the last special stage. The difference narrowed to 0.4 seconds at the finish and it was enough for Heikkilä to win the Finnish championship of the class by one point.
 
- This (championship) certainly couldn't have been any closer than this. Has the championship been decided by 0.4 seconds and one point in a decisive rally anywhere in the world?, Lindholm asks.

- Congratulations to Mikko (Heikkilä) and Samu (Vaaleri) for the championship. I am happy with my driving and I gave everything I had on the route. Flawless rally from us. Being the first car on the route wasn't the most ideal place to drive, but I can’t blame that either.
 
- When there were already ruts on the road on the second run, it was easier to drive and the grip improved significantly. This year the one extra point needed could have been driven from Riihimäki or Mikkeli. We both enjoyed this day with Reeta. Yes, this is going to take a little while to get over, but this is how things went and there's no need to overthink it because there's nothing you can do, says Lindholm.
 
Lindholm and Hämäläinen drove three wins and two second place finishes during the season. The Finnish Championshipmedal was Lindholm's sixth and Hämäläinen's second.
 
- With the exception of the two FRC rounds, it was a good season from us. Two rallies with practically zero points is just not sustainable for the championship. Many thanks to all of our partners and those who have been with us on our journey. Your encouragement and support throughout the season has been excellent. Big thanks.

Final results: SM O.K. Auto-rally Kouvola: 
1. Mikko Heikkilä – Samu Vaaleri Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo 43:58,9
2. Emil Lindholm – Reeta Hämäläinen Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo + 0,4
3. Egon Kaur (EE) – Silver Simm (EE) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 + 1,5
4. Teemu Asunmaa – Ville Mannisenmäki Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo + 1:13,9
 
SM1-class unofficial standings:
1. Mikko Heikkilä Škoda 130
2. Emil Lindholm Škoda 129
3. Egon Kaur (EE) Volkswagen 105
4. Teemu Asunmaa Škoda 81
5. Aleksi Röyhkiö Volkswagen 58
6. Juha Salo Škoda 56

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Emil Lindholm

DRIVER

Reeta Hämäläinen

CO-DRIVER

Calendar -22

  • 14-15
    Jan
    Arctic Lapland Rally
    FINNISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 4-5
    Feb
    Auto Sorsa Riihimäki-Ralli
    FINNISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 24-27
    Feb
    Rally Sweden
    WRC
  • 4-5
    Mar
    SM Ralli Kuopio
    FINNISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 21-24
    Apr
    Croatia Rally
    WRC
  • 13-14
    May
    SM Länsirannikon Ralli
    FINNISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 17-18
    Jun
    SM Pohjanmaa Ralli
    FINNISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 14-17
    Jul
    Rally Estonia
    WRC
  • 04-07
    Aug
    Secto Rally Finland
    WRC
  • 26-27
    Aug
    SM Ralli Mikkeli
    FINNISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 08-11
    Seb
    EKO Acropolis Rally Greece
    WRC
  • 30-01
    Oct
    SM Ralli Kouvola
    FINNISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 20-23
    Oct
    RallyRACC
    WRC
  • 10-13
    Nov
    FORUM8 Rally Japan
    WRC

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