Our 2018 HMDP crew of Jari and Antti are in many ways typical of Finnish drivers. Quiet and controlled in person, but fast and furious when competing against their rivals.
Selected following a rigorous evaluation process, the Finns have already caught the attention of our team but for the 2018 season they will have a stern test in the WRC2 category against some big name manufacturers and drivers.
While Jari’s rally debut came in 2013, the pair were first introduced back in the summer of 2014 in a meeting facilitated by the AKK Driver Academy. Since then, they haven’t looked back.
In 2015, they became Finnish rally champions in the SM3 class, with Jari being named Rally Star of the Future. Just one year later, they triumphed in the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup with six wins in seven events.
Their performances opened up the chance to enter the European Rally Championship in 2017, campaigning an R2-specification car. Alongside that, they also stepped up to R5 competition for the first time, entering two events.
In just their second start in the four-wheel-drive car, the crew took victory in WRC2 at their home event in Finland, winning the majority of stages ahead of a far more experienced field.
Following their HMDP selection, Jari and Antti then took part in Wales Rally GB, which was to be their first rally in a New Generation i20 R5, privately entered by Sarrazin Motorsport. The opportunity allowed the team and crew to acquire some initial experience ahead of what promises to be an exciting season of WRC2 competition.
Date of Birth: 28 February 1994
Place of Birth: Kiuruvesi, Finland
Interests: Cars, running, going to the gym
Date of Birth: 29 October 1979
Place of Birth: Hattula, Finland
Interests: Motorsport, rock music