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Andersson: Points possible for Suzuki.

Suzuki's Per-Gunnar Andersson reckons they should be able to get in the points this weekend on the Neste Oil Rally Finlad, the latest round in the FIA World Rally Championship.

The Jyvaskyla-based event - which is a true legend in the rallying world - is easily the fastest rally of the year and it will mark the end of the long summer break.

P-G has spent the six-weeks since the Rally of Turkey concentrating on his fitness and enjoying the warm weather in Sweden: which is set to be replicated in Finland this week.

Although he has not had the chance to compete on any events since mid-June, he is feeling upbeat about his prospects in Finland - an event where he has previously won the Junior World Rally Championship class with Suzuki.

He - and team-mate Toni Gardemeister - will also benefit from using the second evolution of the SX4 WRC car, which features 'a raft of new parts designed to improve efficiency and performance' [see separate story].

"Finland is definitely one of my favourite rallies of the year and I think it suits my driving style," explained P-G. "We've always gone well there in the past, and I'm looking forward to competing there in a World Rally Car for the first time.

"It's one of the rallies that I know quite well, but maybe the fact that there are lots of new roads helps us as well, as it means that the local guys might not have such a big advantage.

"It would be really nice if we could finish in the points on such a challenging rally, and as long as we have good reliability and keep out of trouble, I don't see any reason why we should not do that."


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