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Teemu Suninen

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Nationality:  FIN
Date of Birth: 01.02.1994
Age: 25
Website: http://www.teemusuninen.com

Season 2019

Classification: WRC
Car No: 3
Car: Ford Fiesta WRC
Team: M-Sport Ford World Rally Team
Co-driver: Jarmo Lehtinen
Points: 14
Standing: 10
Rally Wins: 1
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 1

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Here´s what makes him special

• Brimming with determination and ambition, he is one of the sport's brightest young talents

• He's the latest in a long line of top youngsters to emerge from the M-Sport stable

• Two seasons of learning alongside world champion Sébastien Ogier have brought his development forward in leaps and bounds


The story so far

Young Finnish hotshot Teemu Suninen has forged a reputation as one of the WRC´s most promising talents following his debut in 2013.

He made his mark in the 2014 Rally Finland when, on his WRC debut, he won the WRC 3 class. That result got him noticed by Toyota Motorsport in Cologne who signed him to its TMG Junior Driver Development Programme.

The deal got him six WRC outings in 2015 with the Oreca team, initially in an R3 spec DS 3 and later a Ford Fiesta R5. He added two more rounds himself, driving a privately-run Skoda Fabia R5. Highlights were a WRC 3 win at Rally Italia Sardegna with the DS 3 and a WRC 2 win in Britain in the Skoda.

Suninen remained in TMG’s development scheme in 2016 and contested the full WRC 2 season in a Fabia R5. Wins in Mexico, Sardinia and Poland made him one of the favourites to take the title, but he lost out by 10 points to Esapekka Lappi.

More WRC 2 rounds followed in 2017 at the wheel of a Fiesta R5 prepared by M-Sport, but it was two outings in a Fiesta World Rally Car - when he won a stage in Poland and almost claimed a podium in Finland - that made the biggest impression.

Suninen became a vital member of the M-Sport Ford line-up in 2018. A part-time programme expanded to the point that he drove 11 of the 13 rallies in a World Rally Car and clinched a maiden podium with third place in Portugal.

He stays with the British squad for 2019 where he will be partnered by new co-driver Marko Salminen.

• Brimming with determination and ambition, he is one of the sport's brightest young talents

• He's the latest in a long line of top youngsters to emerge from the M-Sport stable

• Two seasons of learning alongside world champion Sébastien Ogier have brought his development forward in leaps and bounds


The story so far

Young Finnish hotshot Teemu Suninen has forged a reputation as one of the WRC´s most promising talents following his debut in 2013.

He made his mark in the 2014 Rally Finland when, on his WRC debut, he won the WRC 3 class. That result got him noticed by Toyota Motorsport in Cologne who signed him to its TMG Junior Driver Development Programme.

The deal got him six WRC outings in 2015 with the Oreca team, initially in an R3 spec DS 3 and later a Ford Fiesta R5. He added two more rounds himself, driving a privately-run Skoda Fabia R5. Highlights were a WRC 3 win at Rally Italia Sardegna with the DS 3 and a WRC 2 win in Britain in the Skoda.

Suninen remained in TMG’s development scheme in 2016 and contested the full WRC 2 season in a Fabia R5. Wins in Mexico, Sardinia and Poland made him one of the favourites to take the title, but he lost out by 10 points to Esapekka Lappi.

More WRC 2 rounds followed in 2017 at the wheel of a Fiesta R5 prepared by M-Sport, but it was two outings in a Fiesta World Rally Car - when he won a stage in Poland and almost claimed a podium in Finland - that made the biggest impression.

Suninen became a vital member of the M-Sport Ford line-up in 2018. A part-time programme expanded to the point that he drove 11 of the 13 rallies in a World Rally Car and clinched a maiden podium with third place in Portugal.

He stays with the British squad for 2019 where he will be partnered by new co-driver Marko Salminen.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 1. 0+1
Xion Rally Argentina WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 7. 6

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