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Finnish Rally Championship

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Jukka Ketomäki at the 2005 Peurunkaralli
Jukka Ketomäki at the 2005 Peurunkaralli

The Finnish Rally Championship is the national rally championship in Finland. The series currently has four classes; Super4 (including R5, S2000 and old WRC cars), Production4 (including Group N cars), R2 (including R2 and R1 cars) and Super2 (including other 2WD cars apart from R2 and R1).[1]


The series began in 1959 and featured four events; Hankiralli, 500-ralli, Syysralli and the 1000 Lakes Rally. Esko Keinänen and his co-driver Kai Nuortila took the title with a Peugeot 403. In 1970, Group 2 was introduced with Timo Mäkinen taking the first title. Group 4 championship was contested from 1976 to 1978. In the 1980s, Group A cars were allowed in Group 1, eventually replacing the older homologation entirely. Group 2 was replaced by Group N in 1987 and a new championship was created for Group B cars from 1983 to 1988. Group 4 entrants were allowed to participate in the Group B championship in 1983 and 1984. In the late 1980s, groups A and N were divided into over and under 2000 cc classes, creating the new groups "a" and "n". In addition to the usual classes, the Finnish Rally Championship for Ladies has been contested from 1971 to 1978 and from 1986 to 2000.[2]


Year Group
Group 1
1959 Esko Keinänen
1960 Carl-Otto Bremer
1961 Rauno Aaltonen
1962 Pauli Toivonen
1963 Simo Lampinen
1964 Simo Lampinen
1965 Rauno Aaltonen
1966 Timo Mäkinen
1967 Simo Lampinen
1968 Hannu Mikkola
1969 Jorma Lusenius
Year Group
Group 1 Group 2
1970 Eero Nuuttila Timo Mäkinen
1971 Eero Nuuttila Tapio Rainio
1972 Eero Nuuttila Tapio Rainio
1973 Kyösti Hämäläinen Timo Mäkinen
1974 Pentti Airikkala Hannu Mikkola
1975 Kyösti Hämäläinen Simo Lampinen
Year Group
Group 1 Group 2 Group 4
1976 Kyösti Hämäläinen Heikki Vilkman Tapio Rainio
1977 Kyösti Hämäläinen Hannu Valtaharju Ulf Grönholm
1978 Kyösti Hämäläinen Ulf Grönholm Markku Alén
Year Group
Group 1 Group 2
1979 Veli Hirvonen Kyösti Hämäläinen
1980 Mikael Sundström Kyösti Hämäläinen
1981 Antero Laine Kyösti Hämäläinen
Year Group
Group 1 & A Group 2
1982 Harri Väänänen Kyösti Hämäläinen
Year Group
Group 1 & A Group 2 Group 4 & B
1983 Mikael Sundström Kyösti Hämäläinen Lasse Lampi
1984 Mika Arpiainen Kyösti Hämäläinen Antero Laine
Year Group
Group A Group 2 Group B
1985 Mika Arpiainen Kyösti Hämäläinen Antero Laine
1986 Risto Buri Kyösti Hämäläinen Timo Heinonen
Year Group
Group A Group N Group B
1987 Mikael Sundström Sakari Vierimaa Petteri Lindström
1988 Mikael Sundström Tommi Mäkinen Petteri Lindström
Year Group
Group A +2000cc Group N +2000cc Group A −2000cc Group N −2000cc
1989 Mikael Sundström Timo Kuivinen Teemu Tahko Petri Kaura
1990 Sebastian Lindholm Arto Kumpumäki Jarmo Kytölehto Jouni Ahvenlammi
1991 Lasse Lampi Marcus Grönholm Jarmo Kytölehto Ari Saxberg
1992 Esa Saarenpää Jarmo Kytölehto Mika Kelkkanen Jukka Mäenpää
1993 Sebastian Lindholm Juha Hellman Timo Niinimäki Jorma Laakso
1994 Marcus Grönholm Jari Latvala Heikki Westerlund Jorma Laakso
1995 Sebastian Lindholm Mika Korhonen Harri Rovanperä Jorma Laakso
1996 Marcus Grönholm Jouko Puhakka Tapio Laukkanen Harri Rämänen
1997 Marcus Grönholm Jouko Puhakka Toni Gardemeister Jani Pirttinen
1998 Marcus Grönholm Jouko Puhakka Esa Saarenpää Hannu Jokinen
1999 Pasi Hagström Janne Tuohino Kari Kivenne Tomi Tukiainen
2000 Sebastian Lindholm Jani Paasonen Jani Pirttinen Eero Räikkönen
2001 Janne Tuohino Jouko Puhakka Tomi Tukiainen Kosti Katajamäki
Year Group
Group A +2000cc Group N +2000cc Group A −2000cc Group N −2000cc Trophy 1400 A Trophy 1400 N
2002[3] Sebastian Lindholm Juha Salo Mikko Hirvonen Eero Räikkönen Marko Niinisalo Jorma Laakso
2003[4] Sebastian Lindholm Hannu Hotanen Janne Vähämiko Timo Mäenpää Jorma Pekkanen Tomi Saaristo
2004[5] Sebastian Lindholm Juha Salo Janne Vähämiko Juho Hänninen Asko Laukkanen Jorma Laakso
Year Group
Group A Group N +2000cc Group N −2000cc Trophy 1400 A Trophy 1400 N
2005[6] Kosti Katajamäki Juha Salo Marko Mänty Markku Marttila Juha Laaksonen
2006[7] Sebastian Lindholm Jari Ketomaa Matti Rantanen Jorma Laakso Sami Korvola
Year Group
Group A Group N +2000cc
(Super 2000 Rally)
Group N −2000cc Trophy 1400/
1600 Standard
2007[8] Jussi Välimäki Jari Ketomaa Joonas Lindroos Juha Laaksonen
2008[9] Ari Vihavainen Juha Salo Joonas Lindroos Mikael Lindberg
Year Class
SM1 – 4WD SM2 – 2WD SC3 – FIN R 4WD SC4 – FIN R SC5 – V1600 SC6 – Group F
2009[10] Jari Ketomaa (Subaru Impreza) Joonas Lindroos Janne Eronen Juha Laaksonen Kari Hytönen Marko Uutela
2010[11] Juha Salo (Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X) Kalle Pinomäki Mikko Eskelinen Ilkka Kariste Risto Laine Mika Turkki
2011[12] Juha Salo (Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X) Kalle Pinomäki Tapani Hulkkonen Tomi Leivo Vesa Lehmussaari Jari Inkilä
Year Class
SM1 – 4WD SM2 – 2WD SM3 SM2 & SM3 – 2WD SC4 SC5 SC6 SC7
2012[13] Esapekka Lappi (Ford Fiesta) Ville Hautamäki Andreas Amberg Joonas Lindroos Tomi Vihavainen Pekka Vuorio Jani Laine Teemu Asunmaa
Year Class
SM1 – 4WD SM2 – 2WD SM3 SC4 SC5 SC6 SC7 SC8 SC10
2013[14] Juha Salo (Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X) Jussi Vainionpää Joonas Lindroos Reijo Mattila Tomi Leivo Simo-Petteri Tuunanen Tommi Järvinen Markku Harju Kurt-Ole Ström
Year Class
SM1 – Super4 SM2 – Production4 SM3 – R2 SM4 – Super2 SC5 – Group F SC6 – V1600
2014[15] Estonia Karl Kruuda (Ford Fiesta) Estonia Kaspar Koitla Samuli Vuorisalo Ville Hautamäki Kalle Soini Jussi Lindberg
2015[16] Juha Salo (Peugeot 208) Teemu Asunmaa Jari Huttunen Ville Hautamäki Mika Aaltonen Sami Juusonen
2016[17] Juha Salo (Peugeot 208) Teemu Asunmaa Anssi Rytkönen Jesse Turunen Pasi Tiainen Lauri Joona
2017[18] Teemu Asunmaa (Skoda Fabia) Eerik Pietarinen Miika Hokkanen Joonas Lindroos Edgar Wirtanen Lauri Joona


  1. ^ "Finnish Rally Championship". Ralli SM. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  2. ^ "Finnish Rally Championship for Drivers – Champions". RallyBase. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
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