Finland’s Ouninpohja is rally’s ‘biggest test of bravery and commitment’ – and is normally open to the public.
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A QUICK LOOK AT FINLAND’S ICONIC OUNINPOHJA
Seventy five jumps and no straights rally star.
Just off E63 between Tampere and Jyvaskyla in south central Finland is a road regarded as the WRC World Rally Championship’s ‘biggest test of bravery and commitment’.
Ouninpohja runs 33km from west of Ouninpohja town via Kakaristo over more than 75 jumps with very few straights (see a map).
Pronounce it Au-Nin-Po-Yeah.
Current champion Sebastien Ogier holds the stage record at an average 130.75kmh.
Spectators measure the length of the jumps.
The longest, 6km from the start, next to the landmark ‘yellow house’, was set by Markko Martin in 2003 at 57m (187ft).
Due to safety fears, Ouninpohja has been on and off the schedule since 2004.
However it returned in 2012 and will be the star attraction on Saturday during this weekend’s WRC Neste Oil Rally Finland.
An apologetic note on the rally website says Ouninpohja will be closed from 05:00 until 18:30 – otherwise it is fully open to the public, if you dare.
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