After learning from his mistake, Skoda’s Lindholm heads to Vaakuna Rally
05 February 2020
Team GRX’s Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen will start the second FRC-event SM Vaakuna-rally in Mikkeli with confident minds. After successful preliminary tests everything is ready for the upcoming weekend. The twosome will start the competition with starting position number 2.
Team GRX’s Emil Lindholm’s and Mikael Korhonen’s season started with a slight disappointment in SM Arctic Lapland-rally. On the last special stage a misheard note slid their Skoda Fabia R5 Evo to a snow bank and the full points they almost reached changed to an SM1-class third position.
The twosome has learned from that mistake and has been concentrating to Mikkeli’s SM-competition well ahead of time.
“We drove good tests in Keuruu with TGS Worldwide-team, almost a hundred kilometres. The weather was below zero and the roads were in a good shape all day. If I have understood correctly, same type of winter weather is waiting us in Mikkeli”, Lindholm tells.
“In the tests we had a chance to focus on the parts in the car that bothered me after Arctic Lapland rally. Adjusting a rally car to the existing circumstances is always a challenge. My car is now more suitable to me and hopefully few notches faster”, Lindholm says.
In Mikkeli the competitors are going to drive nine special stages, which doesn’t include special stages driven twice.
“It’s better to me that I need to drive fast on a first try. These areas roads are challenging, lot of height differences and crossovers containing high-speed combinations. The notes have to be specific and we have them under control. We learned from our mistake in Rovaniemi and changed our note vocabulary so now we don’t have any notes that can get mixed up”, Lindholm says.
Lindholm tells that their goal to this weekend is to get as many points as possible.
“Our strategy is to see how the driving feels like and see the result at the finish line”, Lindholm smiles.
SM Vaakuna-rally starts Friday night 7th of February at 19:30 from Mikkeli’s trotting track driven SS stage 1,50 kilometres. The rally continues Saturday morning starting at 10:00. On the days programme there is eight special stages, overall 111,71 kilometres. First competitors are expected at Mikkeli Market Square to the finish line at 19:00 Saturday night.