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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has completed the line-up for its junior driver development scheme, which aims to reveal future World Rally Championship (WRC) contenders.

Finland’s Teemu Suninen is the second member of the TMG programme for 2015, alongside France’s Eric Camilli, who was announced in January. Both will develop their skills in a variety of cars and events as they expand their rally experience.

Teemu, 21, has forged a reputation as a promising talent following his rally debut in 2013. He made his mark in the 2014 Rally Finland when, on his WRC debut, he won the WRC 3 class.

Eric, 27, is a relatively late starter in rallying but has already turned heads in one-make cups along with second place in the Junior class at Rally France last year. He also won the prestigious Rallye Jeunes FFSA driver search in 2012, following in the footsteps of recent French World Champions.

In addition to competing in WRC 2 and WRC 3, Eric and Teemu will test the Yaris WRC as they gain vital experience behind the wheel of a WRC car. Alongside the experienced duo of Stéphane Sarrazin and Sebastian Lindholm, they will push the Yaris WRC to its limits on a range of surfaces across Europe this year.

The programme also aims to develop the drivers’ existing skills in terms of personal fitness, communication, media relations and team work.

Yoshiaki Kinoshita, President: “We are delighted to have Eric and Teemu as part of the TMG junior driver programme this year. We’ve been working with both drivers since the beginning of the year and we have been very impressed. Both have huge potential in rally; they are extremely fast but also intelligent and methodical. These are qualities which are necessary to succeed in this discipline. We tested several young drivers late last year and Eric and Teemu both stood out as having strong potential so we expect to grow as a team together with them. It is an exciting time for all of us and we are looking forward to taking the next steps on our journey together with Eric and Teemu.”

Eric Camilli: “It’s fantastic for me to be a part of an organisation like TMG and I would like to thank them for the trust they have shown in me. The project is incredibly exciting and it’s a great opportunity for me, as well as for Teemu. I know I still have plenty to learn in rally and I think the TMG junior driver development scheme is the perfect way for me to gain more experience; not only in terms of driving but all the other aspects of being a WRC driver. I am fully motivated to make the most of this chance.”

Teemu Suninen: “I am very proud to join the TMG junior driver development scheme. TOYOTA has such a strong reputation and history in rally; it’s a great honour to be selected by TMG to be a part of their return. I can’t wait to get started; I will give my maximum to repay the faith shown in me. My target is to learn as much as possible, because I am still early in my rally career. I want to grow with the team and I’m looking forward to working alongside Stéphane, Sebastian and Eric. There is a positive and professional atmosphere within the team which is very motivating.”

 

Eric Camilli Profile

Born                         6 September 1987 in Nice, France

Lives                         Nice, France

Marital status             Single

Height                       178cm

Weight                       66kg

Hobbies                     Sport, mountain biking, music

Favourite rally            Rally Monte Carlo

Best achievement       Fourth place on 2014 Tour de Corse (top S2000 driver)

Website:                     www.ericcamilli.com

Twitter:                      @EricCamilli

 

Career History

2009    French Suzuki Cup: n/c (1 rally)

2012    Rally Jeunes FFSA winner

2013    French Rally Championship: 8th (2 wins, 4 second places in Citroen Junior class)

           Member of FFSA driver academy

2014    Rally France (Junior WRC): 2nd

           Tour de Corse (European Rally Championship): 4th (1st in S2000 class)

           Volant Peugeot: 3rd (1 win)

2015    TMG Junior Driver Development Programme

 

Teemu Suninen Profile

Born                            1 February 1994 in Tuusula, Finland

Lives                            Jokela, Finland

Marital status                Single

Height                         184cm

Weight                         65kg

Hobbies                       Fitness training

Favourite rally              Rally Finland

Best achievement         WRC Finland – 1st in WRC3 class

Website:                      www.teemusuninen.com

Twitter:                       @teemusuninenrac

 

Career History

2009    Finnish Karting Championship (KF2 class): 2nd

2010    European Karting Championship (KF2 class): 3rd

           Finnish Karting Championship (KF2 class): 1st

2011    SKUSA SuperNationals Kart Championship (KF2 class): 1st

2012    European Rallycross Championship: 8th in S1600 class (1 win)

2013    F-Cup, B-Junior Class: 1st

2014    Finnish Rally Championship, SM 3 class: 4th (1 win)

           Fiesta Sport Trophy Finland: 1st

           WRC3: 8th (1 rally, 1 win)

2015    TMG Junior Driver Development Programme

 

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