Salmela takes the Finnish Indoor Nationals with his B6 and Reedy powerFebruary 15, 2017
The Finnish Indoor Nationals, also known as the Winter Jumps, was held at Äänekoski in Finland. This medium-sized track was lots of fun to drive, with its wooden jumps, concrete surface, and medium-low grip.
The track layout was the same as it had been all winter, so locals had the advantage. This was reflected in first qualifications as local driver Touko Silpola took the TQ, leaving young gun Lauri Ruotsalainen second and Team Associated driver Karri Salmela third. Q2 was a repeat of the first one, only local youngster Juho Rajaniemi (Team Associated) improved and took second place in front of Salmela as Silpola once again took TQ.
In round 3 of qualifying, things were changed as Salmela stepped up his game and advanced 5 seconds over his earlier results, leaving another local young gun Jamiel Gabrielsson (Team Associated) at second and Konsta Saarinen at third. The fourth and deciding round was also Salmela's as he took TQ in front of Juho Rajaniemi and Jarno Siltanen. In the end, this gave the overall TQ to Salmela. In the main events, Salmela was able to take the first two legs of triple A mains to secure the overall win. Five Team Associated vehicles placed in the top 10.