Rally Finland podium finish for Kosciuszko's Swift Super 1600 Czech Republic driver Michal Kosciuszko closed the gap on the Junior World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier to just two points after a trouble-free drive through the final...
Rally Finland podium finish for Kosciuszko's Swift Super 1600
Czech Republic driver Michal Kosciuszko closed the gap on the Junior World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier to just two points after a trouble-free drive through the final day of Rally Finland, which ended in Jyvaskyla this afternoon. Warm sunshine and big crowds greeted the Suzuki driver as he entered the final leg of what has been an exceptionally tough round of the J-WRC. Kosciuszko led for much of the event, but missed out on the 10 points which would have carried him to the top of the table when he slipped off the road on yesterday's penultimate test. After winning the last round of the championship in Italy, Kosciuszko had arrived in Finland as favourite to take another victory, instead he leaves the fastest stages in the World Rally Championship with a repeat of his 2007 result: third in J-WRC.
Kosciuszko's Suzuki team-mate Jan Molder and local hotshot Kalle Pinomaki rolled their Swift Super 1600s out of contention yesterday. Suzuki Rallye Junior Team Germany driver Florian Niegel turned in an inch-perfect drive to win class N2 in his Group N Suzuki Swift. This was the German ace's first Finnish outing, but he demonstrated both pace and maturity to bring the car home without a mark on it.
News from Michal Kosciuszko (Suzuki Swift n.35):
"Today has been good. It was a difficult position. We were a minute behind second place and a long way ahead of the driver in fourth place. Today was a day for checking the pace notes and not for taking big risks. I needed the points for the championship today and we've done that. The car has been very good, it has been perfect with just the right set-up for the whole event."
News from Florian Niegel (Suzuki Swift n.43):
"What can you say about these roads? They are fantastic. I have really enjoyed this event. Okay at times, there have been some big ruts which have made it tough for the car, but mechanically, it has been very strong. Now I can really go to my home rally, Rallye Deutschland on a high - and I will be driving the Suzuki Swift Super 1600 there: I can't wait!"