Ford has nominated Finland's Janne Tuohino as the second points-scoring driver for next month's Swedish International Rally (5 - 8 February) alongside team leader Markko MÃ¤rtin. Twenty-eight-year-old Tuohino, who will be co-driven by Jukka Aho,...
Ford has nominated Finland's Janne Tuohino as the second points-scoring driver for next month's Swedish International Rally (5 - 8 February) alongside team leader Markko Märtin. Twenty-eight-year-old Tuohino, who will be co-driven by Jukka Aho, will drive a privately-entered Focus RS World Rally Car 03 on the event, the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Tuohino will become the first non-works driver to compete in a 2003-specification Focus RS, joining the team's lead pairing of Markko Märtin and Michael Park. Belgians François Duval and Stéphane Prévot, the regular second pairing, will be entered for the rally by Ford BP Rallye Sport to enable them to maintain their quest for points in the drivers' series.
Tuohino has considerable experience of the Focus RS WRC on world championship rallies. He finished seventh in Sweden in 2002 and matched that result in Finland last season at the wheel of privately-entered cars. He also won the non-championship Arctic Lapland Rally in Finland last year in a Focus RS and finished third in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship in 2002 in a Citroen Saxo.
"Janne is a consistently good performer in Sweden and his nomination as second driver for this event strengthens our line-up for one of the championship's most specialised rallies," explained Ford BP team director Malcolm Wilson. "The snowy and icy conditions suit Scandinavian drivers who traditionally dominate the rally and Janne will not be out of place among the world's top drivers. François understands the tactical thinking behind this decision and will receive full support for the rally as a works driver who will compete with the aim of scoring drivers' points."