RSD Racing Finland driver Samuli Vuorisalo took his first-ever Finnish Rally Championship title after dramatic events – Rally godfather Petter Solberg claims World Rallycross Title
After opening the Finnish Rally Championship at Arctic Lapland Rally in January with a win in SM3 class, RSD Racing Finland’s driver Samuli Vuorisalo and co-driver Eetu-Pekka Hellsten returned to their winning ways at the Pirelli Rally in Tampere, the finisher of the rally season. After being fastest at three stages and in top four at the rest, Vuorisalo grabbed the top spot on the podium with a winning marginal of over a minute, before the second fastest Henri Haapamäki and Jari Huttunen as a surprise third.
During the final transit section of the rally, Vuorisalo got a message that the championship leader Joonas Lindroos had faced difficulties in the final corner of the final stage and arrived to the chequered flag outside of time control. Therefore, the rally jury decided to disqualify Lindroos. As Vuorisalo collected 37,5 points for the victory and Lindroos was left with none, Vuorisalo grabbed the championship title with a gap of just 2,5 points. The secont fastest Henri Haapamäki collected 30 points and rose to second in overall standings, behind Vuorisalo by just one point. After these dramatic events, Vuorisalo was crowned as the Finnish Rally Champion 2014, for his own surprise as well. RSD Racing Finland congratulates Samuli Vuorisalo and Eetu-Pekka Hellsten for their superb result and success!
World Rally Champion Petter Solberg now also World Rallycross Champion
Petter Solberg, the Norwegian godfather of RSD Racing Finland, made motorsports history and sealed the first ever World Rallycross Championship title, with two events still left in the calendar. Better known from his success in the World Rally Championship and his 2003 WRC champion title, Solberg has been remarkable during his first season in rallycross. His “Never Give Up” slogan is well-known amongst RSD Racing Finland’s drivers, which might be why for example, Samuli Vuorisalo and his crew have had faith in their work, followed by a reward in the best possible way. RSD Racing Finland congratulates Petter Solberg on his championship title, as well as on his exemplary job towards his fans.
Finnish Rally Championship Final Standings 2014, class SM3: R2, top-3:
|1.||Samuli Vuorisalo||Ford Fiesta R2||111|
|2.||Henri Haapamäki||Citroën C2R2||110|
|3.||Joonas Lindroos||Citroën C2R2||108,5|