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SKIN - Teemu Suninen / Mikko Markkula - Rally Monza 2021 - Hyundai i20 WRC 2020

Another week, another Teemu Suninen skin. This is the skin from the last event of 2021 and his first WRC outing for Hyundai. In this rally he became the first and only Finnish driver to participate in a WRC rally in the 2017-spec Hyundai i20 WRC, in the last event it was possible to do.  The rally started on Friday a tad carefully for him, being 7th fastest on all 7 stages.  Understandable, when you have a one-time chance to shine without much previous experience of the car. Take into account the struggles of other drivers who drove the Hyundai on tarmac, even S├ębastien Loeb, the car was clearly not an easy car to drive.  Despite that, the pace got better on saturday and sunday and he was able to post 2 top3 stage times, on SS10 San Fermo 2 and SS15 Serraglio 1. The finishing position was 6th, about half a second per kilometer behind the winners. With this result, he stepped a foot inside the Hyundai team and is poaching at the opportunity of getting a Rally1 drive in 2022. Let's h

SKIN - Teemu Suninen / Mikko Markkula - Rally Finland 2016 - Skoda Fabia R5 (b)

Hello! Finally time for a Teemu Suninen skin. This is his 2016 Rally Finland car when he was driving for the French Team Oreca in the first generation Skoda Fabia R5.   2016 was a big make it or break it year for Suninen, with both eyes aimed at one of the few World Rally Car seats for the 2017 season. He drove the full WRC2 season with Team Oreca's Skoda Fabia R5 and managed to clinch 2nd position, on equal points with Elfyn Evans and only 10 points behind Esapekka Lappi. 3 wins and a few podiums caught Malcolm Wilson's eye and he earned himself a move to M-Sport, mainly in the WRC2 class plus two rallies in the Fiesta WRC in 2017. Overall 2016 was probably the most competitive WRC2 field to this date, with the likes of Lappi, Evans, Tidemand and Kopecky all fighting for wins, which made his results even more impressive.  In Rally Finland the fight for win was only between Suninen and Lappi. After Friday, Lappi was leading by 42,5 seconds. On Saturday and Sunday Teemu's pa