The M-Sport Ford WRC team announced on Friday at the Autosport International Show that Teemu Sunnin will drive a third Ford Fiesta WRC car for eight rounds of the 2018 World Rally Championship.
Starting in Sweden, Sunnin will compete in a third Fiesta with a similar livery to both reigning champion Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans.
Sunnin will also compete in Mexico, Portugal, Italia Sardega, his home event in Finland, Rally Turkey, Wales Rally GB and Rally De Espana. Speaking about the news, Teemu Sunnin commented on the news by saying:
“This will be a nice season for us and I am very happy about my programme for 2018. The highlight will of course be the eight rallies with the Ford Fiesta WRC as part of the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team where I think we have a good opportunity to prove our potential.
“The plan is to start those rallies in a relaxed state of mind. There’s no now or never situation or anything like that and no need to focus on our position in the drivers’ championship. We’ll just take it rally by rally and make the most of every event we do.
“We need to ensure that we make the most of this opportunity, and that is exactly what we plan to do. I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of a top-specification world rally car and aim to learn as much as I can.
M-Sport Ford WRC Team Principal Malcom Wilson OBE commmented on the news by saying:
There is no doubting Teemu’s potential and I am sure that he will prove himself a very valuable member of our team this year. More than a few heads were turned when he got behind the wheel of the Ford Fiesta WRC for the first time last year. To secure a stage win on your debut outing is one thing, but to be challenging for a podium on your second is quite another.
“There is no denying that Teemu is a very talented young driver, and a future rally winner. With eight rallies this year he’ll get the vital experience needed to develop his career at this level and I would not be at all be surprised if we saw him challenging for a podium or two.