Hot shot Suni­nen tar­get­ing Citroen seat in a World Rally Car for next sea­son

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A Citroen seat is at the top of highly rated Finn Teemu Suni­nen’s list of pri­or­i­ties for next sea­son.

Suni­nen was at the front of the WRC2 field again in Poland – his third vic­tory of the year – and the 22-year-old is fast be­com­ing the most sought af­ter up-and-com­ing driver in the sport.

His man­ager Timo Jouhki, the man who guided the ca­reer of world cham­pi­ons like Tommi Maki­nen and Juha Kankkunen, is sure he will be ready for the step up to the top level next sea­son.

Jouhki told MN: “With the devel­op­ment and pro­gres­sion he has been do­ing, he is ready for the World Rally Car next year and I’m pretty sure I can get him in. Citroen is the pre­ferred op­tion. Next one is ei­ther Hyundai or Tommi [Maki­nen, Toy­ota] and M-sport is the last one.

“The way Teemu has de­vel­oped with the driv­ing as well as with the head is very, very im­pres­sive. He has a good fu­ture.”

The Nicky Grist Stages also hosts the BTRDA, which only com­petes on Satur­day’s stages. How­ever, due to the MSA’S reg­u­la­tion on seed­ing, cars on the event will be seeded on pace and there­fore the BTRDA run­ners will be in­ter­twined with the BRC com­peti­tors on the day.

Char­lie Payne (Ford Fi­esta, right)) is the high­est seeded BTRDA en­try and he’ll be look­ing to see off his strong­est ti­tle rival. Luke Fran­cis (Mit­subishi Lancer E9) re­tired from the last round, the DMACK Carlisle Stages, and needs to win the next two of three rounds to have any chance of catch­ing Payne. Last year the ti­tle was de­cided on this event, and Payne will be hop­ing for a sim­i­lar re­sult. The BTRDA brings its usual ar­ray of cham­pi­onships for 44.70 miles of stages; its sixth round of the eight event se­ries.

Suni­nen has more wins than any­one in WRC2

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