Secto Rally Finland Huttunen Leads WRC2

August 4, 2023Joe Moore

The first day of Secto Rally Finland comes to an end. Jari Huttunen leads the WRC2 class after the day.


Oliver Solberg set the fastest WRC2 time on Shakedown. Solberg posted a time 1 second faster than Miko Marczyk to set the fastest shakedown time. Adrien Fourmaux finished third fastest on shakedown, 0.4 seconds slower than Marczyk. Filip Zaldivar set the fourth fastest time on shakedown, 0.4 seconds slower than Fourmaux. Nikolay Gryazin would round out the top five on the shakedown stage, finishing 0.1 seconds slower than Zaldivar.

SSS1, Harju 1

Finnish Rally Championship leader Jari Huttunen posted the fastest time on the first stage of Secto Rally Finland. Huttunen finished 1.1 seconds faster than Nikolay Gryazin. Andreas Mikkelsen set the third fastest time on the stage, 0.4 seconds slower than Gryazin. Emil Lindholm and Adrien Fourmaux would tie for the fourth fastest time on the stage, with both finishing 0.4 seconds slower than Mikkelsen. Sami Pajari finished with the fifth fastest time 0.2 seconds slower than Lindholm and Fourmaux.

Huttunen Surprises 

Jari Huttunen has only participated in one other WRC event this season. That sole event was Rally Sweden where he would unfortunately retire on SS17. Huttunen has committed to the Finnish Rally Championship this season. In which he is tied for the lead with Lauri Joona. Last season Huttunen competed in Secto Rally Finland. Behind the wheel of a Rally1 car, placing 9th overall, over 6 minutes behind Gus Greensmith. 

What To Expect From Secto Rally Finland Day 2

The second day of Secto Rally Finland will see drivers contest 104.76km across 9 special stages. It’ll feature the first full forest stages of the weekend. It’s expected Jari Huttunen won’t maintain the lead throughout the day. With favorites, Emil Lindholm and Sami Pajari expected to take the rally lead in WRC2. But Rally Finland is anything but predictable.