19.8.2011 Ulster-rally

Mikko Pajunen trustful about British tarmac

Mikko Pajunen, who starred in the Rally Finland, is competing over the 
weekend in the British Rally Championship in Northern Ireland. Ulster 
Rally is driven on tarmac. Pajunen and his co-driver Jani Salo are 
racing, as usually, in Autosport Technology´s Renault Twingo.

The team did two days worth of testing on tarmac last week, and that 
experience and feeling pleased Pajunen.

- It was a very good test. We managed to set the car as we were hoping 
for. Of course there could be more power in the engine, but this is 
what we?ve got. It?s alright, said Pajunen.

The Finn from Jyväskylä is ninth in the overall standings in the 
British championship, and fourth in the two-wheel drive class. Pajunen 
has been successful in his own class. In the previous tarmac rally he 
was second.

- This time the roads are a little bit different, more level. The aim 
is to get some more points, but let?s see first how fast the locals 
drive. There?s no pressure to win, emphasised Pajunen.

Ulster Rally, near Belfast, has 14 stages between Friday and Saturday 
evening. Pajunen has a solid driving routine, gained from the Finnish 
rally and the tarmac testing.

- I?m feeling good. In Jyväskylä we got what we aimed for. The tarmac 
tests gave us more useful kilometers. I?m looking forward to the 
weekend and to the times we manage to clock, said Pajunen.

Pajunen is part of AKK-Motorsport?s rally coaching group. His backroom 
staff includes a former double world championship Risto Mannisenmäki. 
In the WRC Rally Finland Pajunen was given the prestigious Abu Dhabi 
Spirit of the Rally prize.

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