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Hanninen linked with M-Sport

Juho Hanninen linked with M-Sport after departure from Skoda
Juho Hanninen has been linked with a return to the World Rally Championship with M-Sport after his departure from Skoda.

The Finn clinched the IRC title in 2010 driving a Skoda Fabia S2000 and then won the SWRC the following season during a successful spell as part of the Skoda factory line-up but has elected to move on after four years.

Reports have now linked him to a drive with M-Sport for at least the opening events of the 2013 season, with the likes of Petter Solberg, Thierry Neuville and Evgeny Novikov also linked to the current vacancy alongside Mads Ostberg and Nasser Al-Attiyah.

“These have been the best four years of our lives,” Hanninen said of his decision to leave Skoda along with co-driver Mikko Markkula. “We will never forget the opportunity that Skoda has given us and we'd like to thank the brand for all it has done for us.

“Skoda has helped us grow and we have achieved a huge number of great victories. We are grateful for every moment we've spent with the team.”

Hanninen will be replaced in the Skoda line-up by Esapekka Lappi, who will contest selected events on the WRC-2 (formally SWRC) schedule.

Jan Kopecky meanwhile will take part in selected rounds of the new European Championship.


Tagged as: m-sport , Juho Hanninen , Hanninen , Skoda

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winners Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport) and 3th Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
winners Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport) and 3th Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
winners Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport) and 3th Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
winners Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport) and 3th Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
winners Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport) and 3th Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
winners Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport) and 3th Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
winners Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport) and 3th Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
winners Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport) and 3th Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
winners Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport) and 3th Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)

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DafyddLarcombe

December 03, 2012 1:15 PM
Last Edited 696 days ago

I have often wondered how this Guy would go in a WRC Car, I have a feeling he could do a Tommi Makkinen, when he won the 1000 Lakes 1st time out in a works entered Escort Cosworth in 1994 this Guy has tonnes of experience and he seems motivated to get a Top Drive, even turning down Skoda to get such a drive, he obviously knows which playground he wants to play in This Guy could be a Solid bet for M Sport as he is consistant and quick on all surfaces. I guess we will soon find out in the 1st two Rallies of next season, its not looking Good for Petter though, although Malcolm has been quick to confirm that Juho will not take up the Third seat, this is still open



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