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JANI PAASONEN - PROFESSIONAL FLYING FINNISH RALLY DRIVER ...

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Date of Birth: 11 April 1975
Debut year in rallying: 1995

Titles

1996 - 2nd in Finnish Junior Rally Championship series
1997 - 1st in Finnish Ice Circuit Championship series
1999 - 3rd in Finnish Rally Championship series (Group N)
1999 - 10th in FIA Cup for Drivers of Production Cars
2000 - 1st in Finnish Rally Championship series (Group N)
2000 - 4th in FIA Cup for Drivers of Production Cars
2004 - 3rd in FIA Production Car World Championship
2004 - 19th in FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers
2008 - 2nd in Finnish Rallycross Championship (div 1)

World Rally Championship Classifications

1997 - 7th in Neste Rally Finland - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3 Group N
1998 - Retirement in Neste Rally Finland - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3
1999 - 3rd in International Swedish Rally - Mitsubishi Carisma GT Group N
1999 - 2nd in Neste Rally Finland - Mitsubishi Carisma GT Group N
2000 - 1st in International Swedish Rally - Mitsubishi Carisma GT Group N
2000 - 6th in Rallye Catalunya – Costa Brava - Mitsubishi Carisma GT Group N
2000 - 1st in Neste Rally Finland - Mitsubishi Carisma GT Group N
2000 - Retirement in Telstra Rally Australia - Mitsubishi Carisma GT
2001 - Retirement in International Swedish Rally - Ford Focus WRC
2001 - Retirement in Neste Rally Finland - Ford Focus WRC
2002 - 14th in Uddeholm Swedish Rally - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Group A
2002 - Retirement in Cyprus Rally - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Group A
2002 - 8th in Neste Rally Finland - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Group A
2002 - Retirement in Propecia Rally New Zealand - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Group A
2002 - 9th in Telstra Rally Australia - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Group A
2002 - Retirement in Rally of Great Britain - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Group A
2003 - Retirement in ADAC Rallye Deutschland - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Group A
2003 - 4th in Uddeholm Swedish Rally - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Group N
2004 - Retirement in Corona rally Mexico - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Group N
2004 - 6th in Propecia Rally New Zealand - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Group N
2004 - 2nd in Rally Argentina - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Group N
2004 - 6th in Neste Rally Finland - Skoda Fabia WRC Group A
2004 - 6th in OMV ADAC Rallye Deutschland - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Group N
2004 - Retirement in Wales Rally of Great Britain - Skoda Fabia WRC
2004 - Retirement in Telstra Rally Australia - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
2005 - 9th in Uddeholm Swedish Rally - Skoda Fabia WRC Group A
2005 - 12th in Corona Rally Mexico - Skoda Fabia WRC Group A
2005 - Retirement in Acropolis Rally - Skoda Fabia WRC
2005 - Retirement in Rally Argentina - Skoda Fabia WRC
2005 - Retirement in Neste Rally Finland - Skoda Fabia WRC

The Start

Jani Paasonen started his rallying career with Opel Ascona in 1995 and he placed second in the Finnish Junior Rally Championship series in the following year. In Rally Finland 1998 he surprised and he was near to top ten, but promising run ended on the last day beacause of gearbox failure. After good competition some managers noticed his potential. In 1999 he was driving with the Group N Mitsubishi and scored top three places in Sweden and also in Finland. He also achieved third place in Finnish Championships.

Seasons 2000 - 2003

Jani's first rally with the Ford Focus WRC was Swedish Rally, where he retired. The second trip to Sweden was much more successful, when he became the first foreigner to win South Swedish Rally.

Second win of the season followed in Mänttä Rally, the traditional warm up event for the classic stages of Rally Finland. He was the first non-works driver to compete in a 2001-specication Focus, when he started the Rally Finland. He impressed many and scored good stage times. In the beginning of the event he ran as high as third place overall. Accident ended his rally, but he had showed that he is able to drive as fast as top drivers.

In the Swedish Rally 2002 he was given a chance in Mitsubishi's third works car. Again, there was great promise in the beginning, but a puncture destroyed his chances. Accident ended his rally in Cyprus and in July he did a one-off outing in the Azores, in a European Championship event. He drove an old Subaru WRC and led until encountering problems with a puncture. In Rally Finland his target was to be the fastest Mitsubishi driver and he achieved that placing eight. Alister McRae was forced to withdraw from Rally New Zealand and as a result Paasonen was offered a bonus rally. He scored good stage times and in the beginning of the event he was lying third place overall. Accident ended his rally, but he had made rallying history. Jani Paasonen wast he first driver to score the fastest time for Mitsubishi's World Rally Car.

Mitsubishi decided to pull out of the 2003 World Rally Championship and it was clear that his program during the season would be very restricted. He contested only one WRC event in Germany and was waiting for Mitsubishi's decisions about the next season believing that he will be one of the works drivers. The team decided not to sign Paasonen and it seemed that he has nothing left. Inspite these scenarios year 2004 brought great chances and great achievements.

Great Seasons 2004 and 2005

Jani's old rival Manfred Stohl was building his own team for the season 2004 and Paasonen was invited to drive one of the OMV World Rally Team's Group N Mitsubishi in the 2004 FIA Production Car World Rally Championship series.

He won the first round in Sweden dominating the event from start to finish, leading from the first stage and taking 13 out of 19 stage wins. In Rally Finland he got a one-off drive in a works Skoda Fabia WRC and he took the sixth place. This was the best WRC result ever for the Fabia WRC and also Paasonen's personal best result at this level. Jani's drive was rewarded with the Inmarsat Star of the Rally Award.

Before the last Production Car World Rally Championship event in Australia, he was leading the series, but forced to retire and placed third in the PCWRC series.

For the season 2005 he made a contract with Skoda sharing teams second works car in gravel events with fellow Finn Janne Tuohino.

In addition Jani took step to a new motorsport world for seasons 2005 and 2006. It was time to learn something new - this new was Skoda Octavia Cup in Czech Republic. Jani achieved a few podium places. In season 2006 Finn took part also some rallies in Europe and Finland.

Seasons 2006 and 2007

Jani took step to a new motorsport world - now it was time to Skoda Octavia Cup in Czhech Republic. He reached a few times podium places. During season 2007 Jani takes part the great competition of European Rallycross Championship.

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