Finnish Championship in Seinäjoki, Finland 7-8 mars 1998-03-08

 He won the G-27 warm-up race last year at the Finnish championship and now he took the step and won the G-7 race and by that becomes the new Finnish Champion.
Who are we talking about?

Itís Sauli Hjerppe. Another top slotracer that Finland has produced. When does it end?

 So what happend?
In qualifying most of the people had problem to produce a good lap with a few exceptions like Heikki Pohjola who went below the 2 second mark in both his runs.
In the end it was a totoal of five racers that went below 2 second, unfortunately I do not have their times or their qualifying order but the top 4 were Einari Fyhr, Juha Yli-Sipola, Kimmo Rautama and Heikki Pohjola.
I was fifth.

 After qualifying we ate. The organizers had arranged with tables close to the track and served food and beverages and when we were done with eating and that we walked a few meters to the sauna and then to bed.

 On Sunday, after practise at 06.30 the quarters and semis were run and to the main 7 Finns and 1 swede, Per Persson, went.
After the first heat Mika Silventoinen and Einari Fyhr led closed follow by Antti Immonen, Kimmo Rautama and Per Persson.
In the second heat Sauli had picked up the speed and were now third behind Einari Fyhr and Kimmo.
Sauli continued with the speed he ahd and took the lead in heat three.
Behind him the places changed around depending who were in the pits changing motors

Halfway into the last heat Per Persson was second with Juha, Kimmo and Veli-Matti Kantamma following him.
In a crash he nocked out his motor and now second place were up for any of thoose to grab.
Just after that both Kimmo and Veli-Mattis motors lost speed (and gained heat:-[ and they both had to add choke and just hope it would last the last minute and a half to secure the places they had and it worked.
Poor Per Persson fell from second to sixth in the last minutes.

 Mika Silventoinen was for me a big surprise, being in both finals. Here with some motor problems but driving well.

G-7
Driver lane Total                
Sauli Hjerppe  8 903 105 115 116 113 112 119 111 112
Juha Yli-Sipola  1 851 95 113 117 116 109 115 73 113
Kimmo Rautama  4 840 112 110 109 110 110 117 69 103
Veli-Matti Kantamaa 7 831 105 109 111 87 111 103 101 104
Einari Fyhr  3 820 113 111 102 102 115 74 107 96
Per Persson  5 818 111 108 102 109 114 101 103 70
Antti Immonen  2 795 112 95 120 117 88 49 94 120
Mika Silventoinen  6 614 113 53 112 106 99 112 19 0s
 

 
G-27 warmup on Saturday

This race saw some nice surprises.
That Juha won isnít a surprise realy but Mika Silventoinen second and Tuomo Iso-Aho third was nice.
Last year Simo Kairistolaís speed was new for me and now he proved again to be someone to watch out for.
Matti Fyhr, after his good racing in Seinäjokis European Championship has already proved what he can do.
 
  Driver Club/Team Qual Quart Semi Final
1 Juha Yli-Sipola LisUA 2,193   498 840
2 Mika Silventoinen SMC 2,215 316 491 824
3 Tuomo Iso-Aho MRT 2,192   490 809
4 Lasse Åberg Koford 2,414 314 490 808
5 Matti Fyhr AnkUA 2,287 316 478 790
6 Simo Kairistola KouPAK 2,381 314 486 768
7 Einari Fyhr AnkUA 2,346 291 478 744
8 Jari Porttinen SRC 2,318 314 481 728
 


Lasse 
1998 Lasse Åberg