Motorsport Weekend 29-31 January: Finnish Arctic Rally and Rally America's Sno*Drift results |

Hello and welcome to another edition of Motorsport Weekend, where we roundup the most interesting results from the last three days.

Although winter is still in full swing, that hasn’t stopped two competitions from taking place and providing some great thrills on the snow or ice filled rally stages: the Arctic Rally Lapland from the Finnish local championship, and the Sno*Drift competition, which is the first stage of the Rally America Championship.

Hit the jump to find out results from Travis Pastrana, Kimi Raikkonen or Ken Block.

Let’s start with something a bit closer to our home: the Arctic Rally, which was the first true competition in which former Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen entered since he signed on with the Citroen Junior WRC team, and served as practice before he starts the WRC season later this month. Sadly though, his performance didn’t have a strong start, as on the second stage of the rally, he veered off course and crashed into a ditch.

Luckily, a few helpful spectators decided to do the patriotic thing and help out their fellow Finn. After losing almost 30 minutes, the rest of the rally was smooth sailing for Raikkonen. His other teammate, Dani Sordo, also racing in a special Citroen C4 WRC, managed to dominate the competition by winning all 12 stages.

In the USA, more specifically around Northern Lower Michigan, the 2010 edition of the Sno*Drift event, counting for the Rally America Championship, took place, and was won by Travis Pastrana, in his Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Thanks to a sudden heat wave followed by freezing temperatures, the whole competition took place on ice-ridden stages, which caused some accidents, including Pastrana’s teammate, Dave Mirra, which managed to complete the event. Ken Block, another big name, wasn’t so fortunate, as the suspension on his Ford Fiesta broke after seven stages.

Pastrana, which marks his fourth victory in a row at Sno*Drift, was followed by Antoine L’Estage, in his Mitsubishi Evo X, while the third spot was occupied by Bill Bacon, in his Mitsubishi Evo IX.

Overall, some pretty exciting results on the snow. Hopefully this will be just an appetizer, and we’ll be treated to some more interesting results as more and more competitions will begin.

Source: Autocar, Autoblog

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