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Finland’s Jukka Korhonen saved the best until last when he scored his season’s best result of fifth place in the final round of the 2012 MSA British Rally Championship which took place with the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire this weekend.

Driving the Pirelli TEG Sport Skoda Fabia R2, the 27-year-old from Siikajarvi, who won last year’s Pirelli UK Star Driver award, gradually climbed the leader board from holding seventh place overall after Friday night’s stage in Dalby.

Along with co-driver Marko Salminen, Korhonen moved up to sixth place through the opening tests in Gale Rigg on Saturday before moving up to fifth in Cropton which he held to the final stage in Langdale.

Just as importantly the crew took the lead in Class R2 and ended up being victorious at the Scarborough finish to take maximum points in class to consolidate third place overall. Also Korhonen scored vital points for the Pirelli TEG Sport Team in the Team’s Championship to end the season in style.

Stuart Newby, Team Owner:  “This has been a good way to end the season with Jukka getting his best result and everything went to plan. He had a small off and dropped 30 seconds in the dark on the opening stage but after that he controlled the rally and set some good times which we were pleased with. It was unfortunate that Arron Newby couldn’t contest the event due to promised funding not being forthcoming so we will now concentrate on him driving the TEG Sport Subaru Impreza in future after he has had a number of impressive results in the car.  Finally, congratulations to Keith Cronin on winning the British Championship as we had a very successful year together and I’m really pleased for him.”

Provisional Results
1, Tom Cave/Craig Parry, Citroen DS3 R3, 1:06:21.4
2, Osian Pryce/Iestyn Williams, Citroen DS3 R3T, 1:06:21.4
3, Keith Cronin/Marshall Clarke, Citroen DS3 R3T, 1:06:50.7
4, Desi Henry/Barry McNulty, Citroen DS3, 1:07:08.6
5, Jukka Korhonen/Marko Salminen, Skoda Fabia R2, 1:08:28.7
6, Callum Black/Paul Wakely, Citroen DS3 R3T, 1:08:39.0

Championship Points (provisional)
1 K Cronin 94
2 T Cave 94
3 E Evans 78
4 O Pryce 78
5 J Greer 60
6 M Cathcart 55
7 D Henry 52
8 J Korhonen 51

Picture (courtesy of Jakob Ebrey), Jukka Korhonen in action on this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire.

For information on the team, drivers and championship, please visit: http://www.tegsport.co.uk, http://www.jukkakorhonen.net and http://www.rallybrc.co.uk.

2012 MSA British Rally Championship
Round 1 – 24/25 February – Rallye Sunseeker International Rally, Bournemouth
Round 2 – 23/24 March – Bulldog International Rally North Wales – Welshpool, Powys
Round 3 – 27/28 April – Pirelli International Rally – Carlisle, Cumbria
Round 4 – 1/3 June – Jim Clark International Rally – Duns, Scottish Borders
Round 5 – 17/18 August – Toddsleap International Rally NI – Antrim, Northern Ireland
Round 6 – 28/29 September – International Rally Yorkshire – North Yorkshire

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