FIA World Rally Championship

Suninen “Came Back Stronger” Before Mexico Podium

1 Mins read
Photo Credit: M-Sport Ford

Teemu Suninen admitted that “the bosses were asking for more pace” before his podium finish on last weekend’s Rally Mexico.

Suninen took M-Sport Ford’s first top three result of the season on the gravel event and had been running in second place before defending world champion Ott Tänak got the better of him on Saturday afternoon.

The Finn had also been suffering from brake problems during the final few stages of the rally and he said after completing the event: “I’m really happy with what I was able to do here this weekend, and really proud to bring this good result home for the team.”

“After Sweden it wasn’t looking too good and the bosses were asking for some more pace! Then I switched the switch and was able to come back a stronger man – back on the good pace, and back challenging for the top results.”

His podium also became more important to the Cumbrian team after the horrific fire that destroyed the sister car of Esapekka Lappi earlier in the event and Suninen continued on his weekend: “I think it was a good drive from me this weekend and we were able to be really consistent which was important.”

“Of course it would have been nice to have taken the second position, but Ott was driving really fast and we had some brake issues that we had to manage. Still I think we have shown that the potential is there, so let’s see what we can do in the next rallies.”

The podium finish moves Suninen up into sixth in the Drivers Standings, 12 points behind his rival from Mexico Tänak.

656 posts

About author
I'm 23 and studying a Masters in Public Relations at the University of Sunderland after graduating with a Sports Journalism degree last year. I'm one of the co-editors here at TCF and mainly look after the off-road section of the site which covers championships such as the FIA World Rally and World Rallycross series'. Away from writing and studying I have a deep interest in of a lot of different sports as well as trying to be an amateur motorsport photographer and I'm also a big music fan too!
Related posts
FIA World Rally Championship

Rovanperä youngest ever WRC winner

3 Mins read
Kalle Rovanperä wins WRC Rally Estonia by a 59.9-second margin. At 20 years of age, he becomes the youngest winner in the WRC.
FIA World Rally Championship

M-Sport Unveils Ford Puma Rally1 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

2 Mins read
Ford and M-Sport have now unveiled the Ford Puma Rally1 for the upcoming hybrid era in 2022
FIA World Rally Championship

Neuville extends Safari Rally Kenya lead

3 Mins read
Thierry Neuville extended his Safari Rally Kenya lead to almost a minute on a day that proved to be calmer than Friday’s carnage.