Rally Finland is ON, but there was weather playing its cards early on the day of Qualifying. The rains receded later though, but there were many damp sections on the stage of test for excellence.
Well, the way things are going from the past 8 or more years, you need to be Loeb to make it a mark on any test on a race car, especially WRC! Loeb emerged fastest, closely followed by his team-mate Mikko, Ford WRT's Latvala & Petter on 4th.
Loeb chose to start 10th on day 1, then the rest of the fastest followed behind him!
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Day 1 :
The first day had 3 special stages, second being a spectator friendly in the specially made for rally shows in Jokimaa, Finland and was won by Petter Solberg. The other two stages were run south of Rally HQ [Jyvaskyla].
The first stage being the Koukunmaa, a 13.68km of the stage distance and it was Loeb who displayed his dominance & won it. Last stage of the day, SS03 was Mynnila a test for 14.22 kms between the timing marks is again bestowed itself to Loeb. He had his distance to about 7.3 seconds to the two seconds, Mikko & Latvala.
Watch the highlights video of the day here.