Organisers of Rally Finland have confirmed that the 2014 event will run to a four-day format and will feature only four stages that were featured in 2013.

The new-look route will include a Thursday start but will continue into Sunday for the first time in a number of years.

Changes to the route see the stages towards Lahti in the south of the country dropped in favour of tests towards the centre of Finland, while the curtain-raising super special stage at Killeri trotting track on the edge of the host city of Jyv?skyl? has also been left off the route.

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It will be replaced by the mixed surface Harju test, which uses city centre roads and was last used 16 years ago, and is scheduled to run twice.

Ouninpohja meanwhile will be run as a shorter 20.5km test called Kakaristo while Ruuhim?ki, previously used as the shakedown and qualifying stage, will take up the role of Power Stage.

"Through the years there have been more requests for Harju's return than for all other special stages put together," assistant clerk of the course Kari Nuutinen said. "It's a dream test in the heart of the city.

"Organising the long Ouninpohja has been a huge challenge and this change eases that task somewhat while still keeping the favourite sports."