There’s something about Finland and rallying that’s just so special. It might be the spectacular scenery; the plumes of snow being cast into the air as a rally car drifts through a fast corner in the Arctic. Or a driver skilfully manhandling his machine on a loose gravel surface through a forest.
Over the years – and the Finnish Rally Championship has been going for more than 60 – the national event has bred some of the biggest names the sport has ever seen. As this year’s championship gets underway, we caught up with its promoter, Kai Tarkiainen.