The Red Bull Rally Team gets in an additional start – this time with Juho Hänninen.

The Red Bull Rally Team gets in an additional start – this time with Juho Hänninen.

25.07.2009: 2009 World Rally Championship – Round 9 Neste Oil Rally Finland, July 30th – August 2nd, 2009.

2009 World Rally Championship – Round 9
Neste Oil Rally Finland, July 30th – August 2nd, 2009.



Juho versus Kimi!



Skoda factory driver Juho Hänninen is relying on BRR in the great Finnish duel against Formula 1 world champion Kimi Räikkönen.

The Neste Oil Rally Finland, the ninth round of the World Rally Championship, promises a lot of excitement this coming weekend (July 30th to August 2nd).

On the one hand the dramatic battle for the WRC title, on the other there will be a great duel in Group N involving two local heroes: Formula 1 world champion Kimi Räkkönen will give a guest performance in rallying at the wheel of a Fiat Grande Punto S2000 – and he is going to come up against Juho Hänninen, the recent winner of the Russian IRC event.

And Austria is not just present, but right among there – since Hänninen, in his home event, will rely on the services of the Upper Austrian BRR crew of team boss Raimund Baumschlager, flying the flag of the Red Bull Rally Team!

Juho Hänninen/Mikko Markkula (FIN) – Skoda Fabia S2000 – usually drive a Fabia S2000 as Skoda factory drivers. But since this event is not on the Czechs’ agenda and Hänninen was anxious to compete in his home event, he started looking for a team and sponsors by himself without further ado. And he found perfect partners in the Red Bull Rally Team and BRR.

Juho Hänninen: “I’ve seen in the PWRC how professionally this team’s working. That’s why I’m very happy that I will get the opportunity to drive for the Red Bull Rally Team in my home country, of all places, because this appearance isn’t just a terrific thing for me, but also important for my partners and of course my fans!”

Speaking of fans – they can look forward to a great duel. After all Formula 1 champion Kimi Räkkönen will also take the start, likewise in an S2000.

When approached about it, Hänninen’s face breaks into a smile: “Let’s wait and see how quick Kimi’s going to be. I have more rallying experience. That’s why I hope that I’m going to be the faster one. Because my goal is to take the class win, like I already did last year.”

Team boss Raimund Baumschlager: “I know Juho very well. We’ve done a lot of testing together for Skoda. And after all he had been our fiercest competitor in last year’s PWRC. A very strong man – and a typical Finn. Very quiet on the outside but the exact opposite in the racecar. An all-out fighter who’s only interested in winning.

I’m very pleased to be able to run this additional campaign. On the one hand because of the prestige, but on the other hand also because we’re once again able to try out several things for the PWRC final in Wales.”

Rally Finland will already get underway on Thursday (July 30th) at 7 p.m. with SS 1, resume on Friday and Saturday with nine special stages each and conclude on Sunday with another four stages.


- Thomas Blazek, Christian Kuda -  Photo Red Bull

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25.07.2009 / MaP

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