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How Tanak denied Rovanpera
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Lappi explains dash to Finland lake
Tanak hails most satisfying win
Tanak sees off Rovanpera to win

Kalle Rovanpera and Toyota went into Rally Finland as overwhelming favourites but came away as runners-up to a resurgent Ott Tanak and Hyundai. While it may have dampened the homecoming party, it still moved the Finn closer to the ultimate World Rally Championship prize

Kalle Rovanpera was expecting a stronger showing from Hyundai in Finland, but was happy to extend his World Rally Championship lead despite missing out on a home win.

Esapekka Lappi described his WRC Rally Finland podium as one of the strangest ever after a roll required an emergency trip to a lake to repair his damaged Toyota.

Ott Tanak labelled victory at Rally Finland as the most satisfying of his World Rally Championship career.

WRC Finland: Tanak sees off Rovanpera to claim remarkable win Rally Finland
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Hyundai’s Ott Tanak held off runaway World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera to claim a stunning victory at Rally Finland.

WRC Finland: Tanak edges away from Rovanpera Rally Finland
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WRC Finland: Tanak edges away from Rovanpera

Ott Tanak laid down a marker to World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera as the Hyundai driver edged closer to a remarkable victory at Rally Finland on Sunday morning.

Lappi frightened by “crazy” lack of vision caused by windscreen crack Rally Finland
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Lappi frightened by “crazy” lack of vision caused by windscreen crack

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Esapekka Lappi says he was frightened at times by a “crazy” lack of visibility over Rally Finland’s jumps and crests caused by a damaged windscreen.

Rovanpera: It won’t be easy to beat on-form Tanak to WRC Finland win Rally Finland
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Rovanpera: It won’t be easy to beat on-form Tanak to WRC Finland win

Kalle Rovanpera says it won’t be easy to overhaul Ott Tanak for a memorable home victory at Rally Finland, and isn't sure he will attempt a full attack on Sunday.

WRC Finland: Tanak clings onto lead from charging Rovanpera Rally Finland
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WRC Finland: Tanak clings onto lead from charging Rovanpera

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak resisted intense pressure from a charging Kalle Rovanpera to cling onto the Rally Finland lead heading into the final day of the World Rally Championship event.

WRC Finland: Tanak extends lead, rain brings Rovanpera into the mix Rally Finland
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WRC Finland: Tanak extends lead, rain brings Rovanpera into the mix

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak extended his Rally Finland lead over Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi as rain helped World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera join the victory fight on Saturday morning.

WRC Finland: Breen podium hopes evaporate after costly mistake

Craig Breen has retired from Rally Finland following an impact after a jump which ended hopes of a third World Rally Championship podium finish of the season.

WRC Finland: Tanak holds slender lead as Lappi closes in Rally Finland
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WRC Finland: Tanak holds slender lead as Lappi closes in

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak managed to hang on to his Rally Finland lead despite a Friday afternoon charge from Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi.

WRC Finland: Tanak extends lead over Lappi, Rovanpera fifth Rally Finland
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WRC Finland: Tanak extends lead over Lappi, Rovanpera fifth

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak leads Rally Finland from Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi after a hotly contested Friday morning at the World Rally Championship gravel classic.

Roll cage damage forces Solberg out of WRC Rally Finland

Hyundai Motorsport has withdrawn Oliver Solberg’s WRC entry from Rally Finland after an FIA inspection revealed roll cage damage to the i20 N following a heavy crash on Friday morning.

WRC Finland: Solberg retires after violent roll, Tanak leads

Oliver Solberg has crashed out of Rally Finland after suffering a violent roll in Friday’s opening stage of the fast gravel World Rally Championship event.

WRC Finland: Neuville heads Hyundai 1-2 in curtain raiser

Thierry Neuville headed a Hyundai 1-2 in the World Rally Championship Rally Finland’s opening stage as the South Korean marque surprised the fleet of Toyotas competing on home soil.

M-Sport boss calls for reduction in WRC pre-event testing

M-Sport team principal Richard Millener has called for a reduction in pre-event test days allotted to World Rally Championship teams to lower budgets and help attract more marques.

Hyundai set to wait for major WRC car update

Hyundai Motorsport has revealed that any major update to resolve fundamental issues with its i20 N won’t be online until October at the earliest, although the team has brought minor upgrades to Rally Finland.

Evans: Not easy to translate Rovanpera’s WRC techniques

Toyota’s Elfyn Evans says it’s “not always easy" to translate some of the techniques that have helped Kalle Rovanpera excel in the World Rally Championship this season.

The secret Toyota that could have dominated the WRC

Toyota has revealed a radical GR Yaris it planned to enter the 2021 World Rally Championship that according to the team was “probably good” for the series that it never competed.

WRC Rally Finland: Everything you need to know

Finland’s ultra fast gravel roads provide the next stop on the 2022 World Rally Championship schedule this weekend.

Inside Hyundai’s F1-spec mobile WRC home Prime

Inside Hyundai’s F1-spec mobile WRC home

Hyundai is one of the World Rally Championship's big three, and has a brand-new travelling facility befitting of that status. The team invited Motorsport.com for a behind-the-scenes look at its state-of-the-art HQ, which comes complete with all the bells and whistles you'd expect of a top Formula 1 outfit.

How Rovanpera's latest masterclass left his WRC rivals stumped

After trailing Toyota teammate Elfyn Evans for much of Rally Estonia's opening day, WRC points leader Kalle Rovanpera took advantage of a change in the weather and never looked back afterwards. Winning for a fifth time this year at the scene of his 2021 breakthrough, and with a breathtaking powerstage bonus for good measure, his advantage is already looking difficult to topple.

How the WRC captures its stunning visuals

Whether it’s the mountains of Monte Carlo, the snow of Sweden or the Kenya Savannah, the World Rally Championship is able to beam some of motorsport’s most spectacular footage to television screens while operating in the harshest of environments. Motorsport.com went behind the scenes to unearth the secrets that make this logistical challenge possible

Why WRC's Safari tour is more than just a rally

OPINION: A source of national pride in Kenya, the Safari Rally is also a sporting, cultural and economic phenomenon. And as last weekend's World Rally Championship round reminded us, it's a key driver in establishing Africa’s place in world motorsport.