Hyvinkää FinTrack V, 14.07.2001
This time the Finnish touring car
drivers headed to the Hyvinkää track for some high speed action.
The track is a big 1:8th type of track so the speeds get very high here.
Since Teemu was not racing this weekend it was the Ahoniemi brothers that
were the favorites since it's their "home" track. Once qualifying got going
it was quite clear that they also had the upper hand. After qualifying
it was a Corally 1-2-3 so it was obvious who had done their homework on
this track! You could say that the results after qualifying had more than
one surprise as there were many drivers who found themselves in unusual
On a big track like this speed was
obviously even more important than usual. So everybody had to find their
biggest pinions or go and buy some. Mysteriously though, it seemed that
the pinions were really expensive at this event...maybe someone anticipated
the rush for pinions and decided to up the price just in time for the race?!?
:) Enough about that now...
Many racers were switching over from
the usual Stratus bodies as the Stratus is maybe not ideal choice on a
high speed track like this. Mostly Alfa's and Vectra's were seen at the
top, and the race was won with a PF Vectra body.
The weather had stayed ok for most
of the day but rain was expected in the afternoon. First there was a short
shower during the middle of the last qualifying round. It was just enough
to stop any thoughts of improvements but the track never got wet really.
Of course the shower had to come when I was having my last qualifying run
and on my way to improve my time... It really started raining during the
second A final though and this time the track got really wet. Car after
car dropped out as they either stopped or went out of control. In the end
there was just one car left on the track.
After this the race was stopped...which
in my opinion was a bit drastic as it stopped raining and once the trophy's
were handed out the track was already starting to dry. Seemed as though
the organizers wanted the race over quickly as the breaks between your
qualifying rounds were under 1 hour which is not acceptable anymore as
some batteries won't get charged in that time...
Anyway that race is over now and
this next weekend it's time for the last two races in the series. So three
races in 8 days...quite tough but fun! Ciao.
1. Sakke Ahoniemi, Corally
2. Simo Ahoniemi, Corally
3. Teemu Saarinen, Corally
4. Tomi Myöhänen, Xpress
5. Teppo Kauppinen, Associated
6. Santeri Jokinen, Associated
7. Juho Levänen, GM
8. Aki Leppänen, Xpress
9. Henrik Hokkanen, Yokomo
10. Antti Ollinmäki, Corally