Based around the city of Rovaniemi, the captial of Finlands northern-most province Lapland, Arctic Lapland Rally tested the crews over two days and 218km of snow-covered roads.
Jussi and co-driver Jarkko Kalliolepo lead the strong group-A field from start to finish. Again running their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, the same car they used to win their 2005 APRC title but converted to group-A specs, the pair held off Ari Vihavainen (Ford Focus WRC) to win by 56 seconds.
Although the pair were happy with first place, the -15 degree C temperatures were cold, even for native Finns, Jussi and Jarkko saying they missed the hot weather of the APRC events!
The Finnish series now moves south, to Laukaa (just north of Jyvaskyla), with Peurunkaralli starting on the 15th of February.