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Juho Hänninen

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Info

Nationality:  FIN
Date of Birth: 25.07.1981
Age: 35
Birthplace: Punkaharju (FIN)
First Rally: 2006, Sweden
Website: http://www.juhohanninen.com/

Season 2017

Classification: WRC
Car No: 11
Car: Toyota Yaris WRC
Team: TOYOTA Gazoo Racing WRT
Co-driver: Kaj Lindström
Points: 9
Standing: 12
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 0

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Here’s what makes him special:

• A championship winner at European and WRC support series level

• Knows Toyota’s new Yaris World Rally Car better than anyone having led the driving development from the very start of the project.

• For the first time Hänninen has a full season in the WRC to look forward to

• Not one for unnecessary displays of emotion, Hänninen is a cool customer

The story so far

Hänninen is the latest in a long line of talented Finns to graduate to a full season’s WRC programme in a works car.

His first WRC outing came at Rally Sweden in 2006 where he won the Gp N category and finished 15th overall. He became a regular in the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship after that, before trying his hand in Super 2000 machinery.

He scooped the first of his three international championship titles in 2010 as victories in Argentina, Sardinia and Scotland ensured he won the IRC title. He then added the Super 2000 World Rally Championship crown to his CV in 2011 with wins in Greece, Finland and Spain.

A year later, Hänninen won through in the battle for the FIA European Rally Championship after winning four rounds outright. But it was in 2013 that he reminded people of his WRC pedigree by winning a stage on Rallye Monte Carlo aboard a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

His achievements convinced Hyundai Motorsport to sign Hänninen as a test driver in preparation for its return to the WRC in 2014. He contested six rounds that season, but has started just one rally in the last two years.

When fellow Finn Tommi Mäkinen was handed the responsibility of masterminding Toyota’s WRC return in 2017, the four-time world champion quickly recruited Hänninen as a key ally. He has led the testing of the new Yaris World Rally Car and partners Jari-Matti Latvala in the team’s line-up.

• A championship winner at European and WRC support series level

• Knows Toyota’s new Yaris World Rally Car better than anyone having led the driving development from the very start of the project.

• For the first time Hänninen has a full season in the WRC to look forward to

• Not one for unnecessary displays of emotion, Hänninen is a cool customer

The story so far

Hänninen is the latest in a long line of talented Finns to graduate to a full season’s WRC programme in a works car.

His first WRC outing came at Rally Sweden in 2006 where he won the Gp N category and finished 15th overall. He became a regular in the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship after that, before trying his hand in Super 2000 machinery.

He scooped the first of his three international championship titles in 2010 as victories in Argentina, Sardinia and Scotland ensured he won the IRC title. He then added the Super 2000 World Rally Championship crown to his CV in 2011 with wins in Greece, Finland and Spain.

A year later, Hänninen won through in the battle for the FIA European Rally Championship after winning four rounds outright. But it was in 2013 that he reminded people of his WRC pedigree by winning a stage on Rallye Monte Carlo aboard a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

His achievements convinced Hyundai Motorsport to sign Hänninen as a test driver in preparation for its return to the WRC in 2014. He contested six rounds that season, but has started just one rally in the last two years.

When fellow Finn Tommi Mäkinen was handed the responsibility of masterminding Toyota’s WRC return in 2017, the four-time world champion quickly recruited Hänninen as a key ally. He has led the testing of the new Yaris World Rally Car and partners Jari-Matti Latvala in the team’s line-up.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Kaj Lindström 16. 0+3
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Kaj Lindström 7. 6
Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse WRC Kaj Lindström 75. 0

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