ROUND 9 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP - 31 July - 3 August 2008
For the second year almost half the route is new, although the rally remains in its traditional central Finland base of Jyväskylä. Organisers have focused on ensuring the roads are durable enough for an entry boasting more than 100 cars.
After the traditional Thursday evening super special stage at Killeri trotting track, Friday's action is based west of Jyväskylä. The major changes are centred on Saturday's second leg which contains virtually half the competitive distance. Traditionally regarded as the year's classic day of competition, it is again based on wide and flowing roads near Jämsä, but five of the 10 stages are new from last year. The awesome Ouninpohja, a roller-coaster section of road full of sweeping bends, blind crests and jumps and viewed as rallying's ultimate test of skill and bravery, will not be used for safety reasons, although parts of the stage are incorporated into another test. Sunday's final leg covers three tests east of Jyväskylä.
Drivers face 340.42km of action in a 1461.58km route.
Thursday 31 July: Day 1 Jyväskylä - Jyväskylä
Start Jyväskylä Paviljonki 19.00 SS1 SSS Killeri 1 2.06km 19.45 Finish Jyväskylä Paviljonki 20.15
Friday 1 August: Day 1 (continued) Jyväskylä - Jyväskylä
Serv A Paviljonki (15 mins) 06.30 SS2 Vellipohja 1 17.16km 07.30 SS3 Mökkiperä 1 11.38km 08.26 SS4 Palsankylä 1 13.90km 09.09 Serv B Paviljonki (30 mins) 10.32 SS5 Vellipohja 2 17.16km 11.47 SS6 Mökkiperä 2 11.38km 12.43 SS7 Palsankylä 2 13.90km 13.26 Serv C Paviljonki (30 mins) 14.49 SS8 Urria 12.65km 16.18 SS9 Lautaperä 7.87km 16.50 SS10 Jukojärvi 22.18km 17.29 SS11 SSS Killeri 2 2.06km 20.00 Serv D Paviljonki (45 mins) 20.30 Finish Paviljonki 21.15
Saturday 2 August: Day 2 Jyväskylä - Jyväskylä
Serv E Paviljonki (15 mins) 06.00 SS12 Himos 15.35km 07.13 SS13 Hirvimäki 10.67km 08.09 SS14 Surkee 1 14.80km 08.34 Serv F Paviljonki (30 mins) 09.33 SS15 Leustu 21.43km 10.46 SS16 Kakaristo 1 20.09km 11.45 SS17 Kaipolanvuori 13.64km 12.26 SS18 Surkee 2 14.80km 13.31 Serv G Paviljonki (30 mins) 14.30 SS19 Kakaristo 2 20.09km 16.13 SS20 Juupajoki 21.13km 17.03 SS21 Väärinmaja 16.25km 17.56 Serv H Paviljonki (45 mins) 19.51 Finish Paviljonki 20.36
Sunday 3 August: Day 3 Jyväskylä - Jyväskylä
Serv I Paviljonki (15 mins) 08.20 SS22 Lankamaa 23.09km 09.38 SS23 Hannula 10.92km 10.44 SS24 Ruuhimäki 6.46km 12.02 Finish Paviljonki 13.30
Total 40.47km Rally total 340.42km