Per-Gunnar Andersson is the only driver to win the Junior World Rally Championship twice.
Per-Gunnar Andersson is the only driver to win the Junior World Rally Championship twice.

Swede will be tough

COMING from a country like Sweden – which is mad about rally driving – the pressure of being that country's main hope for World Rally Championship glory can be a tough cross to bear.

It's a tag that Per-Gunnar Andersson carries well though.

Andersson holds the record for being the only driver to win the Junior World Rally Championship not once but twice, after triumphing in 2004 and 2007 with the works Suzuki squad.

It is for this reason that the Swedes pin so much hope on the 31-year-old.

His performances for the Japanese make earned him one of two seats with the team when it graduated to the WRC's top class in 2008 with the SX4 WRC.

He impressed with several point-scoring finishes but was left on the sidelines when the company withdrew from the sport at the end of the season.

Undeterred, he tackled selected events in his own Group N Mitsubishi Lancer during 2009 before he landed a last-minute drive to contest the opening event of the inaugural Super 2010 World Rally Championship in Sweden last season.

He dominated the class and finished 10th overall to boot, which was enough to earn him an expanded season-long program.

In addition to his starring drives in the SWRC, Andersson also conducted test and development work for factory Ford team M-Sport and earned a drive with the Stobart M-Sport squad on Rally Bulgaria, where he impressed in seventh overall.



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