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Suninen outlines battle plan for Hyundai debut

Teemu Suninen knows what he must do on his top-tier Hyundai Motorsport debut at this week’s FORUM8 ACI Rally Monza (18 - 21 November).

The first thing he must do is do what he’s told.

The Finn returns to World Rally Car power in an i20 for the first time since steering a Ford Fiesta WRC to sixth place at July’s Rally Estonia.

This week he’s taking the seat of former world champion Ott Tänak, who is unavailable due to personal family matters, in the Korean manufacturer’s car and he’s doing so with one aim: to drive as directed.

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Hoping to steal a podium or top-six prediction from the 27-year-old, Suninen was wise to’s line of questioning.

“I will listen to the boss,” he said. “I am very, very happy to be in this car in Monza, so I will do what they want me to do. If they want me to drive to be pushing and making a challenge to the top cars then I will try to do that, try to challenge for the higher positions.

“Or if they want me to come to the finish as the third Hyundai to be there in case they are needing the points, then I can do this also.”

Suninen admitted he was looking forward to showing some pace and potential on the Monza circuit stages and in the hills and mountains north of Milan.

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“It would be nice to show what I can do on Tarmac,” he said. “I like these kind of rallies and I have good speed for them, but I have to remember I am learning a new car. When I drove [the i20 WRC] on the test, immediately I got a good feeling with it.

“But when the rally is coming, we can see different weather. Last year the weather was wet with the snow and the rain. This year I’m hoping it will be dry conditions – that’s easier for learning the most.”

• Full coverage from FORUM8 ACI Rally Monza will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.

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