The final round of the popular Winter Jumps Series was held at the Helsinki Child Fair. The Organizing club, Fullspeed RC had put an impressive racing track for the exhibition. Thousands of people got to see RC Racing and more than 500 kids tried out RC cars on the test track which turned out to be a great showcase for our hobby. Once again almost hundred participants was racing in the two classes, 2wd and 4wd buggy. In the 2wd class it was a super tight fight between Pekko Iivonen (Schumacher) and Jamiel Gabrielsson (Team Associated) for the TQ closely followed by Lauri Ruotsalainen (Team Associated), Tuomo Otsavaara (Team Associated) and Arttu Syrjänen (Team Associated). In the end J.Gabrielsson managed to take the TQ before P.Iivonen, L.Ruotsalainen, T.Otsavaara and A.Syrjänen followed by Markku Honkanen (Team Associated), Juho Rajaniemi (Team Associated), Jarno SIltanen(Schumacher), Konsta Saarinen (XRAY) and Topi Salminen (XRAY) all making the A-main. In the finals J.Gabrielsson won the first but with P.Iivonen managing to win the second and third final it was P.Iivonen who took the overall win from J.Gabrielsson in second and L.Ruotsalainen in third.

2wd results:

  1. Iivonen Pekko Schumacher
  2. Gabrielsson Jamiel Team Associated
  3. Ruotsalainen Lauri Team Associated
  4. Otsavaara Tuomo Team Associated
  5. Honkanen Markku Team Associated
  6. Siltanen Jarno Schumacher
  7. Rajaniemi Juho Team Associated
  8. Konsta Saarinen Xray
  9. Syrjänen Arttu Team Associated
  10. Salminen Topi Xray

The 4wd class saw the same fast guys again on top. In the qualifyings J.Gabrielsson, K.Saarinen and P.Iivonen were the fastest, all taking one TQ round each, but in the end it was K.Saarinen who managed to TQ another round and secure the overall TQ in front of P.Iivonen in second and J.Gabrielsson in third. L.Ruotsalainen took fourth, J.Rajaniemi fifth, M.Honkanen sixth, T.Otsavaara seventh, J.Siltanen eight, T.Salminen ninth and A.Syrjänen tenth. The finals were super tight with P.Iivonen winning the first final and J.Gabrielsson the second final leaving the third final as the decider. P.Iivonen was leading, but J.Gabrielsson managed to cut the lead and challenge for the win. Unfortunately for J.Gabrielsson the challenge ended in a small driving error on the third last lap and P.Iivonen could finish the race first with J.Gabrielsson in second and K.Saarinen in third.

4wd results:

  1. Iivonen Pekko Schumacher
  2. Gabrielsson Jamiel Team Associated
  3. Konsta Saarinen Xray
  4. Ruotsalainen Lauri Team Associated
  5. Honkanen Markku Team Associated
  6. Otsavaara Tuomo Xray
  7. Rajaniemi Juho Team Associated
  8. Siltanen Jarno Schumacher
  9. Salminen Topi Xray
  10. Syrjänen Arttu Team Associated

Overall it was Joona Haatanen ( Team Associated) who secured the overall victory in both classes. He took the clean sweep with four victories in both classes (4/6 results counted for the series) and showed why he is still the fastest 1/10 driver in Finland. In 2wd it was young and super fast driver J.Gabrielsson who took the second overall before P.Iivonen in third, L.Ruotsalainen in fourth and A.Syrjänen in fifth.

  1. Haatanen Joona Team Associated
  2. Gabrielsson Jamiel Team Associated
  3. Iivonen Pekko Schumacher
  4. Ruotsalainen Lauri Team Associated
  5. Syrjänen Arttu Team Associated
  6. Otsavaara Tuomo Xray/Team Associated
  7. Siltanen Jarno Schumacher
  8. Saarinen Konsta Xray
  9. Mäki Oskari Team Associated
  10. Honkanen Markku Team Associated
  11. Lempiäinen Joona Team Associated
  12. Ullakko Ilmari Team Associated
  13. Luopajärvi Mikko Team Associated
  14. Salminen-wj Topi Xray
  15. Kuivalainen Eetu Team Associated
  16. Mäkinen Jani Team Associated
  17. Salmela Sami Team Associated
  18. Söderlund Max Team Associated
  19. Salmela Karri Team Associated
  20. Ullakko Kristian Team Associated

In 4wd it was P.Iivonen who managed to take the second place, J.Gabrielsson in third, K.Saarinen in fourth and L.Ruotsalainen in fifth.

  1. Haatanen Joona Team Associated
  2. Iivonen Pekko Schumacher
  3. Gabrielsson Jamiel Team Associated
  4. Saarinen Konsta Xray
  5. Ruotsalainen Lauri Team Associated
  6. Honkanen Markku Team Associated
  7. Siltanen Jarno Schumacher
  8. Syrjänen Arttu Team Associated
  9. Salminen Topi Xray
  10. Mäki Oskari Team Associated
  11. Ullakko Ilmari HB Racing
  12. Otsavaara Tuomo Xray
  13. Söderlund Max Team Associated
  14. Ullakko Kristian Team Associated
  15. Syrjänen Akseli Team Associated
  16. Mäkinen Jani Team Associated
  17. Luopajärvi Mikko Team Associated
  18. Hovi Jani Xray
  19. Hiltunen Jouni Carisma
  20. Salmela Karri Team Associated

The Winter Jumps series had 109 participants in 2wd and 81 in 4wd, a great turnout for the popular series. The racing is also getting tougher each year with more and more drivers with international success joining. The Winter Jumps series will return next Winter season, feel free to join!

Thanks to Max Söderlund for the report.