Welcome to Rally Flashback, where we look at old highlight videos of previous editions of the upcoming WRC rally. As in most years of the World Rally Championship, the calendar starts with the legendary Monte Carlo. This time we look back to 2004, a season with several interesting aspects.
Picture your favorite road. Now imagine it narrower. Narrower. No, narrower than that. Now break up the pavement, line the road with walls and trees, and add in some crests. Great! You're ready for Rally Germany.
Ever wondered why they call them Flying Finns? Here's Mikko Hirvonen at Rally Finland to give you an idea. (H/T World Rally Blog!)
Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen crashed out of Rally Finland today in fairly dramatic fashion. The Finn was leading the event when he lost control of his Focus RS and somersaulted over a hill. Crazy in-car and spectator footage below.
It was a sweep for Ford Foci in the Norway rally, as Finn Mikko Hirvonen prevailed at the end of Leg 3 earlier today. In second was BP-Ford teammate Marcus Gr nholm. Some rally folk had speculated Ford would pressure Hirvonen to throw the race for Gr nholm, to give his fellow Finn the extra Championship points. But…
With Frenchman Sebasti n Loeb down eight minutes after ditching into a snowbank early in Leg 2 of the Norway Rally, the racing day became a Finn-to-Finn shootout. In the end, Marcus Gr nholm and co-driver Timo Rautiainen were short 19.3 seconds to countrymen Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen. Apparently it's been…