Finnish favourites join huge RallyX Nordic Kouvola entry

The penultimate round of the 2018 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires series to be held in Kouvola, Finland will see an influx of local talent swell the ranks with an additional 23 drivers featuring on a huge Supercar entry list.

Held as part of the Rallycross Festival Kouvola, RallyX Nordic’s maiden visit to the iconic Finnish venue has encouraged many of the national series’ contenders to go up against the likes of Oliver Solberg, Thomas Bryntesson and Oliver Eriksson.

With the many Finnish wild-cards hoping the benefit of track knowledge will give them an advantage over their incoming rivals, the additional 23 drivers bring the mammoth entry list in Kouvola up to 32 Supercars.

Heading up the local charge is Riku Tahko in his MIN Cooper Countryman, current leader of the Finnish Rallycross Championship, who will be joined on the RallyX Nordic stage by his closest rivals Ari Perkiomaki (Ford Fiesta) and Mikko Ikonen (Saab 9-3). The trio are split by just four points ahead of the final round for their season this weekend.

Last year’s Finnish Rallycross Champion Atro Maatta will also be present on the starting grid in Kouvola at the wheel of his Ford Fiesta, while 2016 title winner and current Euro RX contender Jere Kalliokoski will return to his native land to target victory in a Skoda Fabia.

Elsewhere, the event will also see the anticipated return of Aki Karttunen in a Volvo S40. A former front-runner in Finland, Karttunen is making his first appearance since the end of the 2016 season.

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Full entry list for RallyX Nordic in Kouvola, Finland

1 Thomas Bryntesson NOR Ford Fiesta
2 Jere Kalliokoski FIN Skoda Fabia
3 Ari Perkiömäki FIN Ford Fiesta
5 Jukka Lautamäki FIN Skoda Fabia
8 Peter Hedström SWE Volkswagen Polo
11 Oliver Solberg NOR Citroen DS3
12 Riku Tahko FIN MINI Cooper Countryman
13 Harri Arola FIN Subaru Impreza WRX
14 Marko Malinen FIN Ford Focus RS WRC 03
15 Jari Tuuri FIN Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
16 Oliver Eriksson SWE Ford Fiesta
19 Atro Määttä FIN Ford Fiesta
22 Niko Korhonen FIN Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8
29 Kari Irri FIN Peugeot 208
30 Ole Kristian Temte NOR Citroen C4
60 Matti Nisula FIN MINI Cooper S
61 Andreas Carlsson SWE Renault Clio
67 Eemeli Peltokangas FIN Ford Focus WRC
69 Janne Rinta-Kauhajärvi FIN Ford Fiesta
74 Ari-Pekka Niemi FIN Ford Fiesta
77 Stene Johansen NOR Renault Clio
79 Jari Putkinen FIN Ford Focus
86 Aki Karttunen FIN Volvo S40
88 Daniel Thorén SWE Volkswagen Polo
91 Ola Fröshaug NOR Ford Fiesta
99 Pekka Mustakallio FIN Citroen C4
111 Mikko Malinen FIN Volkswagen Up
116 Kaarle Lindström FIN Volvo C30
117 Juha Rytkönen FIN Ford Fiesta
174 Iivari Niemi FIN Skoda Fabia
176 Mikko Ikonen FIN Saab 9-3
888 Miikka Kaskinen FIN Citroen C4