Aki hoping for good results in the Production class
Promising Finnish rally driver Aki Teiskonen begins his challenge for the 2006 FIA Production Car World Rally Championship (PCWRC) at this weekend's Rally Argentina.
Driving a Subaru Impreza STi backed by Japanese suspension
specialists Tein, the 25-year old IT engineer from Jyvaskyla knows he needs a solid start to his campaign having missed the opening two events in Monte Carlo and Mexico. The PCWRC rules require drivers to contest just six of the eight events (nominated at the start of the season) and so Aki must drive to collect points on all of the remaining events.
“That doesn't bother me,” he said. “Everyone else is already under pressure to either maintain their performance or to overcome a bad start but right now I can just concentrate on trying to score points on all the remaining rounds.”
This is Aki's second attempt at the PCWRC series. Last year he finished sixth overall in the championship and won the category on Rally GB. However, an accident on the final round in Australia cost him a possible fourth overall final position.
After a three-day test session in Poland with Leszek Kuzaj (his team mate in the Syms Racing Team Subaru squad), Aki and his 29-year old co-driving brother Miika, a senior police officer, arrived early in Argentina and have enjoyed a four-day holiday in the Cordoba region.
“It's my first visit to Argentina and I really like the place,” added Aki. “I can understand why it's so popular with the other drivers. The roads are narrow but fast and the surface is quite sandy so I think it should suit a Finnish driver as they aren't so different to those back home.
I have a good feeling with the car after the test so I think we're in good shape to start the rally.”
By not contesting the opening two events Aki has enjoyed a more relaxed few days in Argentina than his PCWRC series rivals. “My car has been brought here direct from Europe,” he explained. “The other guys' cars were sent from Mexico by boat but it was delayed and while the Syms Racing team mechanics were preparing my car no one else knew when theirs would get here. If the boat arrives really late then maybe I could get a fantastic result!”
Rally Argentina begins on Thursday April 27 with two superspecials at the Cordoba Stadium. Friday and Saturday sees action in the Punilla and Calamuchita valleys respectively with the final day taking place amid the spectacular scenery of the Traslasierra Mountains before a final superspecial in the stadium.