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Old 07-16-2001, 11:39 AM   #1
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Default Kankkunen in a Hyundai for Finland

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Four-times champ lands one-off Accent drive for home event

Kankkunen is a three-time Finland winner

Four-times World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen will drive a Hyundai Accent on his home round of this year's series, the Rally Finland.

The veteran, who has been out of a World Rally Championship drive since being dropped by Subaru at the end of 2000, will drive a latest-specification Accent on the event. Hyundai's rally partner Motor Sport Developments will run his car alongside its two regular drivers, Alister McRae and Kenneth Eriksson.

Kankkunen said: "I'm delighted to be driving for Hyundai at my home event. The Accent will be a new challenge for me, but hopefully we'll be able to fight for a strong result."

The 42-year old has a good record on one of the championship's most specialised rallies - he's won the Rally Finland three times, and finished on the podium on a further four occasions.

Kankkunen will get his first taste of the Accent at Hyundai's scheduled pre-event test near Helsinki next week.

Kankkunen will not be the only Finnish legend to return to the stages on home turf. Markku Alen will use a privately-run Ford Focus WRC, and Timo Salonen continues to be linked to a Grifone Peugeot 206 WRC, providing budget can be sourced.
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Old 07-16-2001, 03:47 PM   #2
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Ah you beat me to it! Just saw it posted at


And I was hoping SWRT would bring him back for one more. Well I guess we'll have to pull for Solberg then.

Ed (still a WRC newbie but can recognize a master)
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Old 07-16-2001, 09:39 PM   #3
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Hyundai will finally have a win eh ???

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Old 07-17-2001, 01:49 AM   #4
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Default Nice try!

Even Juha can't work that big of a miracle!
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Old 07-17-2001, 01:00 PM   #5
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Hyundai will finally have a win eh
Don't you mean "Hyundai will finally have a FIN"!
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Old 07-17-2001, 03:18 PM   #6
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I still find it upsetting to see accents flying around with the rest of the big boys I want my econoboxes firmly connected to terra firma, thank you very much
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Old 07-17-2001, 04:54 PM   #7
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um, why are you picking on the accent. all the rally cars are based on econoboxes. the focus, the 206, the lancer, and, dare i say impreza are all cheapie sub-compacts. at least subaru buts AWD on all their cars and turbos on some. mitsu only puts out the EVO and the rest like the SVT are somewhat lacking. and i don't know about you, but my econobox has seen plenty of air
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