Thursday | 12 Aug 2021

Suninen headlines WRC2 entry in Belgium

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver Teemu Suninen leads the WRC2 contenders into the unknown at Renties Ypres Rally Belgium this week (13 - 15 August).

Suninen returns to his Fiesta Rally2 machine following back-to-back top-tier outings at Safari Rally Kenya and Rally Estonia, where he finished sixth. 

The Finn is sixth in the category after chalking up podiums in Croatia and Portugal, but, like many others, has not competed in Belgium before. 

With championship frontrunners Andreas Mikkelsen, Mads Østberg and Marco Bulacia all absent, the door is wide open for Suninen to move up the order.

“It’s going to be an interesting challenge,” Suninen mused. “I think the biggest challenge is the big cuts, how this will affect the car and how much dirt is coming on the road, especially if it’s raining.

"The ultimate goal is to get back to my level where I have been before and be happy for the driving. I am not really setting the result targets.”

Many eyes will be on Hyundai duo Jari Huttunen and Oliver Solberg. The pair will debut brand-new i20 N Rally2 cars and will be keen to put on a good show after retirements in Estonia last month. Huttunen won in Sardinia and is eighth in the standings. 

Hard-charging Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 pilot Nikolay Gryazin is the only driver to have started Ypres previously when he drove a Peugeot 208 R2 here in 2016. He retired on that occasion, but will be hoping to set the record straight this time around. 

Huttunen and Solberg will pilot brand-new Hyundai i20 N Rally2 cars

Reigning FIA Junior WRC champion Tom Kristensson rounds out the entry. The Swede says he is still getting to grips with his Fiesta Rally2 machine, although admitted to being more confident on the asphalt surface.

“I think it’s not so usual to be Scandinavian and be more comfortable on Tarmac than on gravel, but in this case, I think I am a little bit more confident in the Tarmac,” Kristensson explained. 

“I have a lot to learn on all the surfaces, but basically I am very happy with the Tarmac driving with this car. I really like it.”

  • Full coverage from Renties Ypres Rally Belgium 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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