Esapekka Lappi will return in FIA World Rally Championship action on home territory at Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox (26 – 28 February).
Lappi will pilot a Volkswagen Polo GTI in WRC2 for the Movisport team, in what he hopes will be the first of several outings this year in the championship’s main support category. He will be team-mate to Nikolay Gryazin at the snow and ice fixture.
The 30-year-old Finn won the WRC2 title in 2016 before stepping up to the top tier. He left M-Sport Ford at the end of last year after a single season with the British squad.
“I had a plan to do the rally, actually in RC2 because there was not really a team available for WRC2,” Lappi told wrc.com. “Then I get a hint from the clerk of the course that I should call Movisport and ask about it and then, let’s say, it started from that. Now we are joining forces.”
“One thing which many drivers haven’t faced during the past years is the fog you can have from the snow when you have a lot of minus degrees. So if you are first car that’s fine, but second car already can have some visibility problems.”
Lappi acknowledges the remote forest special stages in northern Finland are not for the faint-hearted.
“It’s really an adventure because you are so far away from everything that even the phones don’t work. The landscapes are beautiful but if you stop there, you are really alone. Maybe with the wolves, but mainly alone!”