Suninen aiming high
Teemu Suninen is targeting greater success at his next WRC outing after a sixth place finish at Orlen 74th Rally Poland on his World Rally Car debut.
The 23-year-old Finn drove a Ford Fiesta WRC at last week's rally and claimed a fastest time after just six stages, prompting M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson to hail an "absolutely sensational debut."
But despite hitting his own pre-event goal, Suninen was left with mixed feelings after spinning in the final stage and losing fifth place to Stéphane Lefebvre.
"The target was to be in the top six, but there is still some disappointment because I was really close to a better position," said Suninen, who will drive the car again later this month at his home round Neste Rally Finland.
"In Finland hopefully I'll be able to do better. We'll try to continue from this rally, try to improve the driving and hopefully good stage times and results will come."
Before Finland, Suninen will get one day of testing to help make the step up from the R5 machinery he has driven in WRC 2 for the last two seasons.
"I know more about how to drive this new car now, and I know more about what I want from it," Suninen explained. "It's quite different [to the R5 car] with more power, the central diff and of course the aerodynamics. The car is awesome, really powerful and with the aero we can make nice jumps and have a lot of grip in the high-speed corners.
'"But you have to be really consistent if you want to be on top in this class. It's a much higher level than WRC 2. Okay, in WRC 2 you need to be fast, but if you do small mistakes you can be still in the top three. Here you are eighth or tenth."
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