M-Sport Ford’s Teemu Suninen has added another event to his 2021 schedule as he will tackle the next round of the World Rally Championship in WRC2.
Joined by regular co-driver Mikko Markkula, the Finn will take the step down to WRC2 in order to gain more seat time and to get behind the wheel of the Ford Fiesta Rally2 on the Croatia Rally. He feels getting time behind the wheel is important as he continues to develop into a top-level rally driver.
Speaking on M-Sport’s social media he said: “I want to say a big thank you to the team for finding a way for me to compete at Rally Croatia. It’s an event that wasn’t on my calendar at the start of the year, and the more time we get behind the wheel the better.
“The WRC2 Championship is really competitive at the moment, and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ve not driven one of those cars for a long time, but it will be a good experience – discovering these new stages, and also rediscovering a car without centre differential; so that I’m ready for any 2022 testing that might be needed in the coming months.”
The Finn will be looking to complete more mileage on asphalt after crashing out on the first stage on the first event of the season in Monte Carlo. Setting a blistering time, the Finn hit a bank and rolled his Fiesta WRC into a tree towards the end of the stage, ending his rally.
The resulting roll cage damage meant that the car could take no further part in the rally.