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Top 10 World Rally drivers of 2010: Seventh

Juho Hanninen takes seventh in Crash.net's 2010 top ten World Rally drivers – he is our third 'wild card'.
7 – Juho Hanninen

Juho Hanninen takes seventh in our top ten, due to his amazing form this season in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge with his Skoda Fabia Super 2000. Hanninen was the class of the field and eventually beat his team-mate and closest rival, Jan Kopecky by 15 points, while Kris Meeke – the 2009 IRC champion, was 23 points adrift in third.

Juho was 'Mr Consistent' and of his eleven IRC rounds – remember only the best seven scores count in the IRC – he finished on the podium on every single one, bar the Geko Ypres Rally in Belgium, where he crashed out on the Friday.

Other than that though, it was a pretty perfect year with wins in Argentina, Sardina and on his final event in Scotland, the obvious highs.

He also made two appearances in the World Rally Championship, and while Portugal didn't go to plan, he took the S-WRC victory in Finland, as well as securing two 'senior' WRC points for ninth place overall.

“It was a fantastic finish to the season [to win in Scotland], a great weekend. It's been almost a perfect year and I'd like to thank the team for everything they've done,” said Hanninen.

“You have to be highly concentrated when the competition is in progress, but now I am completely relaxed and I'm enjoying every moment [being the 2010 IRC champion],” he added.


Statistics – Juho Hanninen:

Team: Skoda Motorsport
Car: Skoda Fabia Super 2000

Championship position: 1st (in IRC)
Points: 62 points#

Events: 11 (out of 12)
Victories: 3*
Podiums: 7 (excludes victories)
Stages wins: 39
Best result: 1st (Argentina, Sardinia, Scotland)
Points finishes: 10

# Best seven results count in IRC
* Also won the SWRC class in Finland (and finished 9th overall)


Crash.net's Top 10 World Rally drivers' of 2010:
7. Juho Hanninen (Wild Card)
8. Kimi Raikkonen
9. Armindo Araujo (Wild Card)
10. Xavier Pons (Wild Card)

Honourable mention: Aaron Burkart (for winning the J-WRC – just!)

What do you think of Crash.net's Top 10 World Rally drivers' for 2010? Why not post a comment now and give us your thoughts.

Also look out for our poll coming soon where you can vote on who you think was the best in 2010...


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Juho Hanninen/Mikko Markkula. Skoda Fabia S2000. Rally of Scotland. [Pic credit: IRC]
Juho Hanninen [Pic credit: IRC]
Juho Hanninen / Mikko Markkula. Skoda Fabia S2000. Rally Argentina. [Pic credit: IRC]
Juho Hanninen / Mikko Markkula. Skoda Fabia S2000. Rally Argentina winners. [Pic credit: IRC]
podium, Juho Hanninen (FIN) Mikko Markula (FIN), Skoda Fabia S2000
Juho Hanninen (FIN) Mikko Markula (FIN), Skoda Fabia S2000
Juho Hanninen/Mikko Markkula. Skoda Fabia S2000. Rally of Scotland. [Pic credit: IRC]
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