Rally Poland: the challenge
Poland is a journey into the unknown
The 20-year-old, in only his second season of rallying, won a competition to identify a youngster with the potential to become the country’s next top flight driver.
Suninen, the youngest of four shortlisted drivers under 25, was nominated by a jury which featured WRC Manager Michèle Mouton, Jarmo Lehtinen (co-driver to Mikko Hirvonen) and WRC 2 driver Jari Ketomaa after an interview and a series of tests which included pace note writing.
Suninen has tackled only six pace note events but is third in the SM3 class in a Ford Fiesta R2 in the highly competitive Finnish Championship. After a long karting career, he moved into cars and in 2012 won the Super 1600 category at Germany’s round of the European Rallycross Championship.
“It will probably be a rough rally, but we’ll prepare for it with care. I will gather information and tips from drivers who have competed in a similar car to know how to drive it and what to bear in mind.
“I have to be in a good physical condition and concentrate on preparing the pace notes perfectly,” said Suninen, pictured right with co-driver Juha-Pekka Jauhiainen.
The Finn will be supported by DMACK Tyres and Drive DMACK pilot Ketomaa will offer advice during a pre-event test. The car will be run by Finnish squad Printsport.
The competition was organised by Rally Finland and Finnish Rally Championship promoter AKK Sports.
Photo by Jani-Pekka Jauhiainen.