February 12, 2018

Winter Jumps Series Rd4 – Report

The fourth round of the 6-race Winter Jumps Series was held in Äänekoski, Finland this past weekend. This round marked the end of the slippery polished floor tracks for this season as round 5 and 6 will be held on carpet tracks in Joensuu and Helsinki respectively. In the 2WD Buggy qualifying it was Joona Haatanen who TQ’d after struggling in rounds 1 and 2. In round 1 Lauri Ruotsalainen was the fastest driver while round 2 went to Karri Salmela. In the finals Joona continued to excel as he won all three finals pretty easily while also scoring the fastest lap. Lauri Ruotsalainen would come in 2nd overall from Karri Salmela 3rd.

2WD Buggy final results:
1. Joona Haatanen – Team Associated
2. Lauri Ruotsalainen – Team Associated
3. Karri Salmela – Team Associated
4. Konsta Saarinen – Xray
5. Pekko Iivonen – Schumacher
6. Jamiel Gabrielsson – Team Associated
7. Ari Heinonen – Team Associated
8. Tuomo Otsavaara – Xray
9. Juho Rajaniemi – Team Associated
10.Jarno Siltanen – Schumacher

On Sunday the 4WD class was run in the same format at Saturday’s 2WD event with two free practise rounds, four qualifiers and triple finals. In qualification Joona took another TQ of the weekend in front of Karri and Juho. The finals were another triumph for Joona as he won all the three legs for the overall. Karri had good runs and he took the 2nd place overall, as the final podium spot was obtained by last season’s double champion Konsta Saarinen. Round 5 will be held on the weekend of the 25th of February in Joensuu.

4WD Buggy final results:
1. Joona Haatanen – Team Associated
2. Karri Salmela – Team Associated
3. Konsta Saarinen – Xray
4. Juho Rajaniemi – Team Associated
5. Tuomo Otsavaara – Xray
6. Ari Heinonen – Team Associated
7. Markku Honkanen – Team Associated
8. Topi Salminen – Xray
9. Jarno Siltanen – Schumacher
10.Pekko Iivonen – Schumacher

Thanks to Matti Eskelinen for the report.


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