After very strong performance Jukka Korhonen and Marko Salminen finished the final stage of the Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally 42.5 seconds clear of the chasing pack, making the 29 year old the first Finn to win a round of the MSA British Rally Championship since Jari-Matti Latvala ten year ago.
The pair led from start to finish in their Citroën DS3 R3T, building a lead of around a minute before easing off on Sunday when Alastair Fisher’s early challenge was curtailed by a puncture on Saturday’s fifth stage.
The victory was a smooth one; car and team working seamlessly on the eighty mile event, with Korhonen admitting that he had speed to spare if needed.
With the win comes a maximum points haul towards a championship title that he had vowed to win as long ago as last year – so far, so good.
- This was like a perfect event for us and I really can´t ask for more. Rally started with three fastest times and we had a clear lead after the first day. On Sunday I just needed to keep my concentration high and bring the car home.
- Victory was our target even if this was my first rally with Autosport Technology´s Citroën DS3. Before the event I had successful tests with the team and feeling with the car was really good, Jukka Korhonen said.
Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography