Co-driver Miikka Anttila.

The rally began with a relaxed feeling because the car had felt very good in tests. Two first special stages went by getting used to the conditions in New Zealand. On the third stage I was already the second fastest in group N. On SS4 I speeded up more, what cost me a puncture for hitting a concrete bridge. There I lost 30 seconds. Fifth stage went fine, I was third but on SS6 I made it first being the fastest in group N for the first time in my life. That joy didnĀ“t last for long. After that succesful special stage the engine started leaking oil on road section and unfortunately it was the end for Rally New Zealand.

retirement SS7

Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Service team Les Walken Rally Team.