In two world championship events
After spending last season with the Ford World Rally Team, Toni Gardemeister joined Astra Racing for 2006. The Finn achieved an excellent third place at the Monte Carlo Rally, driving a Peugeot 307 WRC. It was a promising start for Toni and
his new team...
Unfortunately, this great performance didn't materialise into more results, Astra Racing didn't keep the 307 and Gardemeister was left without a car.
Finally a solution has been found: Astra Racing will lease a Citroen Xsara WRC from PH Sport. Gardemeister will drive it in two events, the Acropolis Rally (2-4 June) and the Deutschland Rally (11-13 August).
"I have not driven a Xsara yet," said the Finn.
"But I went to Catalunya to watch the cars and the new Ford looked very good on tarmac. Unfortunately, Rally Finland is not on my programme. There has been a suggestion that Janne Tuohino could then drive the car in Finland but it will be very difficult because it follows a very short time after Germany."
Hugo GIGUERE © CAPSIS International