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Awesome Norsemen to Spearhead Suzuki WRC Campaign

December 20th, 2007


Suzuki Sport President Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima announced today that talented Scandinavian drivers Toni Gardemeister and Per-Gunnar (PG) Andersson will be piloting the all-new Suzuki SX4 WRC in 2008.

By nominating the pair, Suzuki brings a famous face back to the WRC circuit and enables one of the sport’s most accomplished juniors to enter the world’s most demanding motor sport competitions.

The ‘Awesome Norseman’, completed by co-drivers Tomi Tuominen and Jonas Andersson, will make their premiere at Rallye Monte Carlo on January 24, when Suzuki will enter its first full World Rally Championship season.

Gardemeister is regarded as one of the world’s best rally drivers with a wide experience on gravel, asphalt, snow and ice, but also with superb testing skills.
The 32-year-old – who finished 12th in the 2007 championship and boasts three podiums in his WRC career – said he was very happy to join the new organization.

"It is very nice to work with a newcomer. Suzuki has a great team and I am happy that I can be part of this exciting project.

“I am sure that we have to work very hard together, but that we will have a great future," he said.

PG is seen as a future superstar of the sport after a phenomenal Junior WRC career with Suzuki, which secured world titles in 2004 and again in 2007. He is the only driver to win two JWRC titles.

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