Kimi’s Column: Rally Jordan Preview

Source: | Finnish translation courtesy of Nicole

Desert is Calling

Let’s see what we have
ahead of us now. We are going to a new place again and to a new country
where I have never been before. It’s the first place where Kaj hasn’t
raced either.

We know already that we are in for a really big new challenge again
but we just have to get used to it. It’s the name of the game in rally.
No matter where we go the place is always different from the place where
we rallied before.

It’s been like this all season. All these three rallies have
differed from each other massively. Compared to them Jordan is like from
a different world. There you have to learn everything from scratch once
again. We can’t do more than try our best – and collect as much
experience as fast as we can.

In the final games we cannot at least complain that this would be
boring. We knew beforehand that this is what rally driving is. New
driving surfaces, roads changing just like that and we have to work at
full speed all the time.

I haven’t regretted for one moment that I took this challenge. Each
kilometre with the car is important to me and the more I drive a real
rally with the car the better it feels.

Mexico is in the past. It went like it went. We have been learning
rally the hard way. Every time we got some other program. But when we
have been able to go forward it has felt good.

The car is strong. That much we know. If we can only stay on the
track then the equipment will last.

After last rally we took a break and it did good for my body. After
that we had the first tests on gravel and now we are going with positive
feelings to drive in Jordan’s rally.

There’s no trees, no mountains. Only sand and dust – and the breaks
are somewhere on the Dead Sea’s beach. It’s 100% sure that making the
notes to this rally will be completely different from what I have done
elsewhere. They have to be more in place than anywhere else since there
are no real landmarks.

That’s what this still is, us trying to get into the right rhythm
with this equipment on gravel surface so that we wouldn’t have to drive
with stiff wrists all the time.

My goal is to finish the rally. If it doesn’t fall in place then
there is no other goal to achieve.

Let’s see how fast the lead is taking it and what our ride in that
bunch is.

4 thoughts on “Kimi’s Column: Rally Jordan Preview

  1. This is the English preview version:———————–Well, let’s wait and see, what we have ahead of us this time. Obviously here we go again to a new place and a new country, I have never visited before. It’s also the first rally I will have with my co-driver Kaj Lindstrom where we are both newcomers.Okay, we know it’s going to be a huge new challenge to both of us. But it’s always the same case for me. I just have to get used to this. This is the name of the game in the world of Rally. Wherever the rally season takes us, it’s going to be a whole different place compared to the previous one.For me, all the rallies except one (Rally Finland) are going to be a new experience. So far the three we have raced this year have been massively different compared to each other.But, from what I’ve heard, the rally of Jordan is a significant step to quite a different rally racing style. There is the desert you really have to start learning everything from zero.But it’s nothing new to me, all I can do is to do my very best. That is to collect experience and speed as much and as quickly as I possibly can.In the end of the day, I cannot complain that this might be boring. No way. I have not had any second thoughts with rally. This is what I want to do and I feel with all my soul this was the right option for me.It’s a great challenge and I have to approach it working 100% all the time. I knew beforehand, what it means to go the whole WRC season. Everytime we have a new surface, the roads change all the time and you have to focus at your best from early morning to late evening.Every mile I have with the Red Bull Citroen C4 WRC is giving a certain pleasure. The more we go into real rally speed, the better it feels.Now Jordan will be my eighth rally ever. I have put Mexico into the past, long gone. It was like it was. I learned a lot from there too. So far every rally has been given extra program. While the stages have to go right, I think it has been quite okay with the performance.The car is strong, that’s what we know. If you are able to keep it on the road, it’s quick and reliable.After Mexico we had a break. It was good for my body. Then we did the first two test days on gravel with this car. It went very well and now we start the Jordan challenge with high spirits.There are no trees, no mountains. Only sand and dust – and the service breaks will be on the beaches of the Dead Sea. This time the precision of the pace notes will be of 110% importance, because there are no natural benchmarks on the route.But for me it’s the same target to find a good rhythm and then improve the speed as much as possible.The target is as it has been: to finish the rally. If you are not able to finish the race, it’s useless to set any other targets. Let’s wait and see, how the frontrunners go and what is our speed compared to them. ———————–


  2. Thanks Saima! Yeah a new place & a new complete challenge for Kimi & Kaj. Wish them a great Weekend.


  3. Welcome!———————–Kimi gave a hint of what he is capable of with a fifth-fastest time on stage four of Rally Mexico but he is looking to build up to speed as the Jordan Rally goes on."For sure, it’s another huge challenge for me but I’m getting used to that now!" said Kimi. "I’ve done some testing which helps, but obviously Jordan will be a completely new set of conditions and we will need a bit of time to get used to them. Each of the three rallies we have done so far is massively different, but this is part of rallying; you have to be quick everywhere on all the various surfaces. Of all the events we have tried, this is the territory that is probably the most unfamiliar so far, so it’s going to be an interesting adventure and the main idea is obviously to get to the end. I’m looking forward to it: I’m feeling good and I’m ready to go."Jordan is also one of the few rallies that Kimi’s experienced co-driver Kaj Lindstrom – the veteran of 64 WRC events – has never competed on before. "That’s true, but you just treat every rally in the same way and get on with your job," said Kaj. "It does mean that it’s going to be very important for us to get through all the stages and make good pace notes. That’s one area where Kimi has improved a lot so far this year and it’s getting better and better all the time. So I think we’ll have a good time; and we’ll make sure that we avoid any camels…"-credit: red bull———————–


  4. Avoid camels? Serious? There will be camels walking around?? Hahaha…


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