|WRC| Chris Duplessis Rally Finland Shakedown Run in the DirtFish Fiesta

Chris Duplessis is the non-Ken Block American driver running Rally Finland. This video shows Chris driving a shakedown run of a stage with his co-driver Alex Kihurani reading pace notes. The Duplessis DirtFish Rally School team is the first all American team to run Rally Finland in nearly 40 years. They’ve funded this effort in an interesting way by having both a marquee sponsor – Dirtfish Rally School – and by crowd funding over $22,000 with an indiegogo campaign. Good luck Chris and Alex, we’re pulling for you. Also thanks for the awesome video, it’s great to hear clear pacenotes in English for a WRC event.

Via Chris Duplessis’ Facebook page

Why YOU should watch the World Rally Championship – LIVE.

The final of this year’s World Rally Championship was nothing short of dramatic. It was going to decide whether 7 times world Champion Loeb was going claim an 8th title, making him the most successful rally driver of all time.

Or, could  Mikko Hirvonen snatch it from him and finally claim a WRC title?

Heading to Wales last weekend, we were all set ready to watch the new evolution of WRC cars battle it out.

One of the reasons for the new evolution of smaller cars was to bring more manufacturers into the championship, with Mini joining Ford and Citroën for 6 events in this year and VW joining in 2012, when the Mini WRC team will complete its first full championship.

The other reason was to close the gap between drivers – something it has evidentially done with only 0.2secs separating 1st and 2nd in Jordan early this year, and a full on battle raging between Hirvonen and Loeb going into this: Rally GB, the final the 2011 championship.

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