Finns team up for Rally Mexico
- 30th June 2009, 8:34am
Corona Rally Mexico, in its Rally of Nations edition, has confirmed the presence of yet another of the worldâ€™s leading names to race on the outskirts of Guanajuato from July 9th to 12th.
The Finnish driver Toni Gardemeister will team up with Harri Rovanperä to create a highly competitive and spectacular duo. Gardemeister and Rovanperä are already getting ready for their arrival in the city of LeÃ³n, Guanajuato.
With this confirmation, Finland has brought together two of its greatest drivers of the last few years. Gardemeister, who began in the WRC category in 1997 and has been a member of teams such as Seat, Skoda, Ford, CitroÃ«n, Mitsubishi and Suzuki, has made the podium on six occasions in the ultimate world circuit.
The Finnish driver has fond memories of Corona Rally Mexico, his having been the first driver to cross the start line in 2005. Mexican audiences were immediately drawn to the man who arrived as the then leader of the World Rally Championship with the Ford team, ultimately finishing in sixth place. He raced again in 2008, this time as official driver for the Suzuki team, although he failed to finish on that occasion.
The 34-year-old driver has expressed his delight at having another opportunity to compete in Mexico, given the quality of the event and its impact worldwide, as the TV coverage of the Corona Rally Mexico, Rally of Nations, will be broadcast in more than 138 countries.
Gardemeister will be behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 2.0-liter engine 4WD. The last time he raced one of the Japanese manufacturerâ€™s cars in a WRC event was in 2007.
With the name of Corona Team Finland behind them, Toni Gardemeister and Harri Rovanperä are the first team to be tipped as favorites, although they have a tough task ahead against drivers and countries yet to be announced by the organizers.
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