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IRC: Gardemeister to compete in Brazil?

Toni Gardemeister could return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for the Curitiba International Rally next month.

The Finn, who made his debut in the IRC on the Rallye Monte Carlo last month, put in an impressive performance and was running second overall in his Abarth Grande Punto until he was forced out on the final day with an electrical failure.

Now the 33-year-old and Astra Racing team boss Luca Pregliasco are in discussions about linking up again and while nothing has been confirmed, the two parties have enjoyed a long on-off association over the last few years.

"We've still got some hurdles to overcome, but we're racing against time to get Toni out to the next round in Brazil,” Pregliasco stated.

“He did a great job for us again, as we expected, in Monte Carlo. He's simply one of the world's top drivers."

Gardemeister meanwhile, who of course competed full-time in the World Rally Championship with Suzuki in 2008, has been won over by the IRC and is well aware of its pluses.

"It is very interesting for the people on the stages because all the times are close and the positions are changing all of the time," he added.

"You have to drive the Super 2000 cars on the limit to get the most out of them and that means it is easier to make small mistakes.

“There are very few chances for drivers in the WRC but in the IRC it is cheaper and there seems to be more opportunities."


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Toni Gardemeister / Tomi Tuominen - Astra Fiat Grande Punto S2000. Rallye Monte Carlo January 20-24 2009 [Pic credit: IRC].

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