Finnisch jokkis series
THE ORIGIN OF POLAR RACING
JOKKIS races are the Finnish version of touring car races for everyone and have a long tradition. The first races were held as early as the 1970s and in 1977 the Finnish Automobile Sports Association AKK included them as an official racing series.
Race events with up to 1,000 racers
Every year about 150 racing events with up to 1,000 participants take place in Finland. The official race calendar 2019 alone includes 85 events in Finland. This does not include internal events of the various racing clubs, of which there are also between 70 and 80 every summer.
rallycross or ice racing
The races are held on rallycross tracks up to 1,400 meters long – in summer on asphalt and gravel and in winter on ice and snow.
On vehicles, just about everything that has ever been driven on the roads of Europe is used.
At a JOKKIS race, a wide variety of vehicle types and drive concepts are represented, from the small Fiat 600 to the Golf and Volvo 245.
The most important feature of the JOKKIS racing series is the sales commitment for all participating vehicles, which ensures more equal opportunities between the participants.
Learn more about the races, the vehicles and the sales commitment in the following section
Even more information about JOKKIS
The individual races do not form a season with a points system as in other racing series (F1, DTM, etc.), but are independent events. The Finnish Championship is also held in the form of a single race event.
A race event consists of preliminary and intermediate heats as well as the finals, which are held as elimination heats. The number of runs for each driver depends on the number of participants in the event and his success in the races.
The individual races are short sprint races with a standing start and a length of three to four laps. This means that the start and acceleration up to the first corner are often decisive for the outcome of the race.
To increase equal opportunities, the races are held in a total of eight different classes. There are separate classes for front- and rear-drive vehicles as well as for young people (15 – 18 years), women and senior citizens.
On vehicles, just about everything that has ever driven on the roads of Europe is used. Thus, a JOKKIS race features a wide variety of vehicle types and drive concepts, from the small Fiat 600 to the Golf and Volvo 245.
JOKKIS vehicles often look adventurous, but are full-fledged racing cars. All of them have a FIA vehicle card from the Finnish Motorsports Association AKK, and their technical condition is checked before every race event.
The vehicles are empty and must be equipped with the necessary safety devices such as roll cages, racing seats and belts, NASCAR nets and emergency stop switches. A technical inspection of the vehicles takes place at every event.
Technically, these are simple vehicles due to the obligation to sell (see also obligation to sell). A popular model for JOKKIS in Finland, for example, is the Fiat 600, a top-of-the-range car where approx. 180 hp engine power meets 600 kg unladen weight, which is roughly comparable to the power-to-weight ratio of a Nissan GT-R with 549 hp.
Due to the brevity of the races, good acceleration is of utmost importance when building a JOKKIS vehicle.
SPECIAL RULE - OBLIGATION TO SELL
In order to ensure equal opportunities in the races and to keep costs within limits, each participant (including the winner) is obliged to offer his vehicle in a bidding process and, if necessary, to sell it.
The price for the ”naked racing car” (without seat and belts) is currently fixed at 1.500 Euro.
Buyers must have a valid national license from the Finnish Automobile Sports Association AKK or a valid international FIA license.
Only one bid per license holder may be submitted per race event.
In the bidding process, interested parties can make purchase offers for a vehicle. In order to keep his vehicle, the vehicle owner can make up to three so-called ”protection offers”. If there are several bids, the lot will decide.
If an interested party wins the bidding process, the owner is obliged to sell the vehicle. If he refuses, his racing license can be revoked for this reason. If the owner wins the bidding process, he keeps his vehicle.
Idea of the sales rule is to increase the equal opportunities of all participants. Thus, the risk of having to sell a vehicle after the first race participation should prevent participants from building a superior vehicle for a lot of money and then winning every race.