The Finn announced his shock departure from M-Sport last Friday leaving the British squad with speedy impact regardless of being rostered to pilot the group’s WRC2 entry on the Acropolis Rally later this month.
Suninen was additionally set to leap again behind the wheel of a M-Sport WRC Ford Fiesta at Rally Finland in October. In a press release confirming his sudden WRC exit he talked about that “it is time to go on to new challenges.”
Nevertheless, the 27-year-old has now confirmed he’ll certainly compete at Rally Finland, held throughout 1-3 October, driving a WRC2 Volkswagen Polo GTi.
“Blissful to let you know that we’ll compete on the Rally Finland 2021. We’ll drive with the Volkswagen Polo GTI within the WRC2,” Suninen revealed on social media.
“It all the time feels particular to drive at my house rally. Can’t wait to get behind the wheel particularly when it’s the seventieth version of the rally.
“Fast Finnish gravel roads, right here we come once more – thumbs up.”
Suninen’s rally future past this outing stays unclear following the choice to depart M-Sport after 5 years with the operation.
Information of Suninen’s WRC2 drive arrives on the identical day countryman Esapekka Lappi confirmed his return to the WRC’s high tier after touchdown a drive in a privateer Toyota Yaris run by the manufacturing unit group at Rally Finland.
The 30-year-old has been closely tipped to rejoin the manufacturing unit Toyota squad subsequent 12 months to share the Japanese marque’s third automotive alongside seven-time world champion Sebastien Ogier, who is ready to contest solely a partial marketing campaign subsequent 12 months.
Lappi, who drove for Toyota in 2017 and 2018, has since confirmed that the drive is a chance to show to the group he’s worthy of the 2022 drive.
“I hope this can assist, however that’s why I must be good. I would like that it’ll assist me and to not destroy these negotiations, in order that’s why I don’t wish to push myself an excessive amount of. I don’t wish to make any further stress on myself,” he instructed WRC.com.
“I can’t actually set any targets for the end when it comes to place. I believe we simply want to pay attention extra on stage occasions, basic pace and enchancment throughout the weekend.”