Suninen missed last month’s Safari Rally Kenya, where Adrien Fourmaux drove the car, and retired from the opening stage of Rally Italia Sardegna when he slid off the road. The Finn, who lives in Estonia, is at home on the season’s faster roads and finished fourth on his Rally Finland World Rally Car debut in 2017.
M-Sport heads to Tartu on the back of its strongest result of the season in Africa, with Gus Greensmith and Fourmaux finishing fourth and fifth.
“Selecting Teemu for Estonia was a no-brainer from the start of the year,” said Millener. “To be honest, Teemu was [down for] Estonia and Finland all the way.
“Malcolm [Wilson, M-Sport managing director] wants to give him the opportunity to show what he can do on a rally where we expect him to be competitive. It’s not going to be easy, there will be pressure on him, but he’s been in the WRC for a long time now and he should be able to deal with that pressure.
“We want to see a solid result with flashes of the speed we know he can achieve. It’s a good opportunity and we want to see him make the most of it.”
Suninen, who led last year’s Rally Estonia after the opening stage before finishing sixth, tested the M-Sport Fiesta WRC in Estonia for a day and a half last week, where he and Greensmith focused on fine-tuning the suspension and chassis set-up ahead of next week’s seventh round of the WRC.