PAASONEN JUMPS INTO WORLD RX WITH FERRATUM TEAM
Tuesday 28th of July 2020
Finland’s Jani Paasonen will race a Ford Fiesta Supercar in all European-based rounds of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship, starting at Holjes, Sweden in August.
Paasonen’s new Ferratum Team, based in Finland, has built a Fiesta featuring a number of new technical initiatives. The Finn raced with Team STARD in five rounds of World RX in 2019 and only just missed a start in the semi-finals at Hell, Norway.
“We think we have something new with our Ferratum Team Ford Fiesta which we can bring to the World Championship. The engine side is built in Finland, it has some new ideas about how the engine works. There are big questions about what the potential and speed are, but we hope and trust that we have a fast car. But, we will finally see what our potential is when we are in the first race and next to other cars on the same start line,” said Paasonen.
The former World Rally Championship driver has high hopes and big plans for the new venture. “Of course the target is to go to the finals in every race this year, collect good points and finish as high as we can in the World Championship. It’s nice to come with new team in the championship and I know, I believe we can continue into 2021 and the future. We’re planning to maybe build second car and maybe run a two-car team next year, but we will see. First we go step-by-step to Holjes, Kouvola and Riga and we will see where we are.”
The team has been preparing for the 2020 World RX season in Finland and plans at least one more test day before Holjes. “We have done a number of test days and still before Sweden will do maybe one day, testing some suspension things, but we are quite happy with the car. Almost all of the people in our team are new to the World Championship, only the engine data engineer has some experience. But the mechanics, and some of the others have not so much experience in rallycross at the highest level. Local level yes, but not so much at the highest level so it will be big learning for us.”
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