One the season’s flagship events, Rally Finland more than lived up to expectations, serving up a breathtaking spectacle in the land of a thousand lakes. Driving for only the fourth time at the FIA World Rally Championship’s top level, Esapekka Lappi, won the rally by 36.0sec. Lappi, who became the sixth different driver to win in nine rounds, fought with experienced team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala for most of the four-day, dirt round encounter. Latvala retired from the lead on Saturday afternoon when his car’s electronic control unit failed. The winner overcame a late scare after breaking a wheel in the penultimate speed test to claim an emotional victory on home ground.