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Teemu Asunmaa has won the WRC3 category in WRC Arctic Rally Finland
28.02.2021  |  677
Teemu Asunmaa ja co-driver Marko Salminen. Photo: Honza Froněk / Rally-Mania.cz
Teemu Asunmaa ja co-driver Marko Salminen. Photo: Honza Froněk / Rally-Mania.cz
Teemu Asunmaa, 33, along with his co-driver Marko Salminen, 42, have won the WRC3 category in the second round of the WRC season, Arctic Lapland Rally Finland, hosted in Rovaniemi.

On the opening day of the event Asunmaa drove the second fastest times for both of the Friday’s stages and was second in WRC3.

-We didn’t get the start we should have. I felt a bit nervous in some places. I need to relax for tomorrow and go at it again.
On the opening stage of Saturday, SS3 – Mustalampi 1 Asunmaa drove the second fastest time.

-There were some slippery and narrow places, and we didn’t get the attack on we hoped for. No worries now, we’ll continue to Kaihuavaara.

On the next stage SS4 co-competitor had an accident and Asunmaa had to stop on the stage. This lead to Asunmaa’s time being changed to a calculatory time.

-We pushed the co-competitor’s car off the road and drove in line to finish.

Asunmaa finished the first leg of Saturday by driving the fastest time for SS5 – Siikakämä 1.

On the second leg Asunmaa drove the fastests times for both SS6 and SS7. On special stage 8 Asunmaa was fourth fastest. Going into the last day of the event Asunmaa is leading WRC3 with a 12,5 second margin.

-It’s been a challenging event and nothing has come for free. Tomorrow it is a familiar and great stage that’ll be driven twice. We’ll try to keep the good pace up tomorrow, Asunmaa commented on Saturday evening.

The last day of the event, Sunday, consisted of two special stages. Asunmaa started the day by driving the third fastest time on special stage 9 – Aittajärvi 1 and repeated the feat on the Power Stage, winning the WRC3 category by 4,2 seconds. The average speed of Asunmaa throughout the 251,1 special stage kilometres was 114,2 kilometres per hour.

Feels great! First class win in WRC. It’s been a tough event overall because of the conditions being so different to what we’re used to in the Finnish Rally Championship. We’ll learn from this if we get a chance to drive again in an event like this.

Asunmaa’s career first WRC3 win in a remarkable and internationally noticed accomplishment, that would not have been possible without the major support of our partners.

-Huge thanks for our partners that made this happen, it was huge that we made the starting line with such a short notice. Thank you for the organizers also, everything was working great.

Asunmaa’s next event is after just one week in Kouvola, where the next round of the Finnish Rally Championship will be driven.

-We’ll be back in the cabin in just a few days.
 
Overall results WRC3:
 
Teemu Asunmaa 2:11:55.3   FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Egon Kaur 2:11:59.5 +4.2 EST Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Mikko Heikkilä 2:13:33.9 +1:38.6 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Eerik Pietarinen 2:13:40.6 +1:45.3 FIN Skoda Fabia R5
Mattias Ekström 2:14:29.2 +2:33.9 SWE Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Gregor Jeets 2:18:12.8 +6:17.5 EST Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
 
Stage Results of WRC Arctic Rally Finland:
 
SS1: Sarriojärvi 1 - 31,05 km
 
Emil Lindholm 16:50.4   FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Teemu Asunmaa 16:56.8 +6.4 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Johan Kristoffersson 17:03.2 +12,8 SWE Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Egon Kaur 17:03.8 +13.4 EST Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Mikko Heikkilä 17:09.9 +19.5 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Eerik Pietarinen 17:10.3 +19.9 FIN Skoda Fabia R5
 
SS2: Sarriojärvi 2 - 31,05 km
 
Emil Lindholm 16:48.5   FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Teemu Asunmaa 16:53.0 +4.5 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Egon Kaur 16:56.4 +7.9 EST Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Eerik Pietarinen 17:02.3 +13.8 FIN Skoda Fabia R5
Mikko Heikkilä 17:03.9 +15.4 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Johan Kristoffersson 17:12.5 +24.0 SWE Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
 
SS3: Mustalampi 1 – 24,43 km
 
Egon Kaur 14:44.0   EST Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Emil Lindholm 14:45.6 +1.6 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Teemu Asunmaa 14:46.7 +2.7 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Mattias Ekström 14:51.0 +7.0 SWE Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Johan Kristoffersson 14:58.9 +14.9 SWE Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Mikko Heikkilä 15:00.2 +16.2 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
 
SS4: Kaihuavaara 1 – 19,91 km
 
Teemu Asunmaa 9:47.4   FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Egon Kaur 9:48.9 +1.5 EST Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Mikko Heikkilä 9:58.1 +10.7 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Eerik Pietarinen 9:58.1 +10.7 FIN Skoda Fabia R5
Mattias Ekström 10:04.7 +17.3 SWE Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Gregor Jeets 10:29.2 +41.8 EST Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
 
SS5: Siikakämä 1 – 27,68 km
 
Egon Kaur 13:17.5   EST Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Teemu Asunmaa 13:24.7 +7.2 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Eerik Pietarinen 13:33.1 +15.6 FIN Skoda Fabia R5
Mikko Heikkilä 13:41.1 +23.6 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Mattias Ekström 13:43.4 +25.9 SWE Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Johan Kristoffersson 13:47.6 +30.1 SWE Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
 
SS6: Mustalampi 2 – 24,43 km
 
Teemu Asunmaa 14:38.6   FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Egon Kaur 14:48.0 +9.4 EST Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Mattias Ekström 14:49.5 +10.9 SWE Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Johan Kristoffersson 14:51.7 +13.1 SWE Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Mikko Heikkilä 14:53.9 +15.3 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Eerik Pietarinen 14:54.5 +15.9 FIN Skoda Fabia R5
 
SS7: Kaihuavaara 2 – 19,91 km
 
Teemu Asunmaa 9:51.3   FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Mikko Heikkilä 9:51.5 +0.2 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Egon Kaur 9:53.6 +2.3 EST Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Eerik Pietarinen 9:57.1 +5.8 FIN Skoda Fabia R5
Johan Kristoffersson 10:01.5 +10.2 SWE Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Mattias Ekström 10:04.1 +12.8 SWE Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
 
SS8: Siikakämä 2 – 27,68 km
 
Egon Kaur 13:39.5   EST Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Eerik Pietarinen 13:48.9 +9.4 FIN Skoda Fabia R5
Mikko Heikkilä 13:50.0 +10.5 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Teemu Asunmaa 13:50.7 +11.2 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Johan Kristoffersson 13:51.6 +12.1 SWE Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Mattias Ekström 13:56.2 +16.7 SWE Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
 
SS9: Aittajärvi 1 – 22,47 km
 
Egon Kaur 10:52.5   EST Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Johan Kristoffersson 10:55.5 +3.0 SWE Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Teemu Asunmaa 10:56.1 +3.6 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Mikko Heikkilä 11:03.9 +11.4 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Mattias Ekström 11:04.7 +12.2 SWE Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Gregor Jeets 11:18.0 +25.5 EST Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
 
SS10: Aittajärvi 2 – 22,47 km
 
Egon Kaur 10:45.3   EST Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Johan Kristoffersson 10:48.9 +3.5 SWE Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Teemu Asunmaa 10:50.0 +4.6 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Mattias Ekström 10:53.0 +7.6 SWE Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Eerik Pietarinen 10:53.4 +8.1 FIN Skoda Fabia R5
Mikko Heikkilä 11:01.4 +16.0 FIN Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
 
 
Overall results WRC2 (R5) and WRC3 (R5):
 
Esapekka Lappi 1:48:20.9   WRC2 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Andreas Mikkelsen 1:49:10.7 +49.8 WRC2 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Nikolay Gryazin 1:49:46.7 +1:25.8 WRC2 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Teemu Asunmaa 1:50:09.2 +1:48.3 WRC3 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Egon Kaur 1:50:21.7 +2:02.8 WRC3 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Eyvind Brunildsen 1:50:52.4 +2.33.5 WRC2 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo

Teemu ja Marko

Teemu Asunmaa

33

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Alavus

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Marko Salminen

42

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