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Syntymäaika: 11 huhtikuuta 1975
Debyytti ralliautoilussa: 1995

Parhaimmat saavutukset
1996 - 2. Ralliautoilun junioreiden SM-sarjassa
1997 - 1. Jääradan SM-sarjassa
1999 - 3. Ralliautoilun SM-sarjassa (N-ryhmä)
1999 - 10. Tuotantoautojen MM-sarjassa (N-ryhmä)
2000 - 1. Ralliautoilun SM-sarjassa (N-ryhmä)
2000 - 4. Tuotantoautojen MM-sarjassa (N-ryhmä)
2004 - 3. Tuotantoautoilen MM-sarjassa (N-ryhmä)
2004 - 19. Ralliautoilun MM-sarjan yhteispisteissä
2008 - 2. Rallicrossin SM-sarjassa (div 1)

Ralliautoilun MM-osakilpailujen saavutuksia
1997 - 7. Suomen MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3 (N-ryhmä)
1998 - Keskeytys Suomen MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3 (N-ryhmä)
1999 - 3. Ruotsin MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Carisma GT (N-ryhmä)
1999 - 2. Suomen MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Carisma GT (N-ryhmä)
2000 - 1. Ruotsin MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Carisma GT (N-ryhmä)
2000 - 6. Espanjan MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Carisma GT (N-ryhmä)
2000 - 1. Suomen MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Carisma GT (N-ryhmä)
2000 - Keskeytys Australian MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Carisma GT (N-ryhmä)
2001 - Keskeytys Ruotsin MM-rallissa - - Ford Focus RS WRC (A-ryhmä)
2001 - Keskeytys Suomen MM-rallissa - Ford Focus RS WRC (A-ryhmä)
2002 - 14. Ruotsin MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC (A-ryhmä)
2002 - Keskeytys Kyproksen MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC (A-ryhmä)
2002 - 8. Suomen MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC (A-ryhmä)
2002 - Keskeytys Uuden-Seelannin MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC (A-ryhmä)
2002 - 9. Australian MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC (A-ryhmä)
2002 - Keskeytys Ison-Britanian MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC (A-ryhmä)
2003 - Keskeytys Saksan MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer WRC (A-ryhmä)
2003 - 4. Ruotsin MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (N-ryhmä)
2004 - Keskeytys Meksikon MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo (N-ryhmä)
2004 - 6. Uuden-Seelannin MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo (N-ryhmä)
2004 - 2. Argentiinan MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo (N-ryhmä)
2004 - 6. Suomen MM-rallissa - Skoda Fabia WRC (A-ryhmä)
2004 - 6. Saksan MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo (N-ryhmä)
2004 - Keskeytys Ison-Britanian MM-rallissa - Skoda Fabia WRC (A-ryhmä)
2004 - Keskeytys Australian MM-rallissa - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo (N-ryhmä)
2005 - 9. Ruotsin MM-rallissa - Skoda Fabia WRC (A-ryhmä)
2005 - 12. Meksikon MM-rallissa - Skoda Fabia WRC (A-ryhmä)
2005 - Keskeytys Kreikan MM-rallissa - Skoda Fabia WRC (A-ryhmä)
2005 - Keskeytys Argentiinan MM-rallissa - Skoda Fabia WRC (A-ryhmä)
2005 - Keskeytys Suomen MM-rallissa - Skoda Fabia WRC (A-ryhmä)

Ralliuran alkuhetket
Ralliautoilija Jani Paasonen aloitti ralliuransa vuonna 1995 Opel Asconan ratissa. Jo seuraavana vuonna nuori autourheilija voitti junioreiden SM-kultaa. Vuonna 1998 uransa ensimmäisessä MM-rallissa, Suomen osakilpailussa hän yllätti kaikki ja oli kymmennen nopeimman vauhdissa kunnes kilpailu päättyi vaihdelaatikkovian vuoksi keskeytykseen. Silti tekniseen vikaan saakka kestänyt hyvä ralli herätti muutaman managerin mielenkiinnon Janin potentiaalista. Vuonna 1999 hän väläytti jälleen sijoittuen N-ryhmän Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution ralliautolla palkintokorokkeelle niin Ruotsin kuin Suomen MM-ralleissa. Lisäksi hän saavutti kolmannen sijan ralliautoilun Suomenmestaruussarjassa.

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. lancer.jpgJani 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. inmarsat.jpg

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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