The opening round of Finland national rally championship 50th Arctic Lapland Rally, organised on 29-30th of January. Finnish drivers Matti Koskelo #2 and Kimmo Kurkela #3 participated in the rally with Ford Fiesta RS WRC of Toksport WRT.
The crews had a test before the rally to get used to Ford Fiesta RS WRC and to find the right set-ups. In the first day after 5 stages Kimmo Kurkela took the final spot on the podium and Matti Koskelo took 8th overall. In the first stage of the second day, Matti had an off which costed him 5 minutes. On the other hand, Kimmo took the best time of 2 stages while he was was getting used to the car and tough stages. However in the penultimate stage of the rally, he hit a snowbank and lost 10 minutes which costed him the last place of the podium. Kimmo was the fourth fastest in the last stage but it wasn’t enough for him to catch the podium. Jarkko Nikara was leading the rally in overall until he had an off in the last stage. TOKSPORT WRT driver Kimmo Kurkela missed a possibble podium chance but finished in the first place in class 7. The other driver of the team Matti Koskelo also hit a snowbank in the last stage and because of being late to TC he couldn’t take part in the classification.
The upcoming event for the team is the first round of Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) International Qatar Rally between 4-6th February. TOKSPORT WRT will be taking part as the only Turkish team in this rally and they are running twoTurkish drivers for the “Group N Champion” title.