Jani Paasonen - Driver Profile

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Jani Paasonen Career Summary

Jani Paasonen

Jani Paasonen is no stranger to the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team having contested the 2004 Rally Finland and Rally GB for the team. His performance on his home event brought the Fabia WRC home in sixth place and earned Jani the Inmarsat Star of the Rally Award. He joins the team for 2005 to contest a selected events programme of gravel rallies.

The former Finnish Group N champion has shown both speed and determination while retaining a relaxed humour that quickly endeared him to the team during 2004.

Last season Jani contested the Production Car World Rally Championship. He won two events and was leading going into the final round, only to suffer a mechanical failure that cost him the title. However his experience of that series will be invaluable to the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team on several long haul events missed out of the team’s development programme in 2004.

Date of Birth: 11 April 1975 (Mäntyharju, Finland)
Nationality: Finnish
Marital status: Single
Lives: Lahti, Finland
Hobbies: Snowmobiling, all forms of sport
Co-driver: Jani Vainikka
First rally car: Opel Ascona, 1995
Career highlights: 2nd overall Finnish Junior Championship 1996, Finnish Group N Champion 2000, 1st P-WRC Swedish/Argentina Rally 2004, 6th overall Rally Finland

Jani Paasonen Career Statistics

  • Country: Finland Finland
  • Driver/Co-Driver: Driver
  • Birth Date: 11-Apr-75
  • First Rally: First WRC event: Finland 2000
  • WRC Events: 2000 - 2005

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Rally Honour Roll

Year Class Place Driver
2004 WRC World Rally Car 19th. Jani. Paasonen (3pts)
Group N 3rd. Jani. Paasonen (29pts)

Season Summary | Season Points | Events Calendar

2000 WRC Group N 4th. Jani. Paasonen (21pts)

Season Summary | Season Points | Events Calendar

1999 WRC Group N 66th. Jani. Paasonen (8pts)

Season Summary | Season Points | Events Calendar

Career Results :

Pos Event Co-Driver # Vehicle Rego
9th. 2005 WRC Swedish Rally J. Vainikka #16 Skoda Fabia (1)  [UNKNOWN]
13th. 2005 WRC Rally Mexico J. Vainikka #12 Skoda Fabia (1)  [UNKNOWN]
16th. 2004 WRC Swedish Rally S. Rautiainen #41 Mitsubishi Lancer (Cedia) EvoVII [UNKNOWN]
14th. 2004 WRC Rally New Zealand S. Rautiainen #41 Mitsubishi Lancer (Cedia)  [UNKNOWN]
10th. 2004 WRC Rally Argentina J. Vainikka #41 Mitsubishi Lancer (Cedia)  [UNKNOWN]
6th. 2004 WRC Rally of Finland J. Vainikka #16 Skoda Fabia (1)  [UNKNOWN]
20th. 2004 WRC Rallye Deutschland J. Vainikka #41 Mitsubishi Lancer (Cedia)  [UNKNOWN]
14th. 2002 WRC Swedish Rally A. Kapanen #9 Mitsubishi Lancer  [UNKNOWN]
8th. 2002 WRC Rally of Finland A. Kapanen #9 Mitsubishi Lancer  [UNKNOWN]
9th. 2002 WRC Rally Australia (WA) A. Kapanen #9 Mitsubishi Lancer  [UNKNOWN]
17th. 2000 WRC Swedish Rally J. Honkanen #27 Mitsubishi Lancer (Carisma) EvoVI [UNKNOWN]
22nd. 2000 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Honkanen #35 Mitsubishi Lancer (Carisma)  [UNKNOWN]
16th. 2000 WRC Rally of Finland J. Honkanen #28 Mitsubishi Lancer (Carisma) EvoVI [UNKNOWN]
17th. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally A. Kapanen #24 Mitsubishi Lancer (Carisma) EvoIV [UNKNOWN]
17th. 1999 WRC Rally of Finland K. Jokinen #35 Mitsubishi Lancer (Carisma) EvoV [UNKNOWN]
21st. 1997 WRC Rally of Finland K. Jokinen #52 Mitsubishi Lancer EvoIII [UNKNOWN]

Career Retirements :

Pos Event Co-Driver # Vehicle Rego Reason
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally of Finland J. Vainikka #12 Skoda Fabia (1)  [UNKNOWN] SS5 could not get past Galli, damaged suspension in process
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally Argentina J. Vainikka #12 Skoda Fabia (1)  [UNKNOWN] SS5 suspension
Ret. 2005 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Vainikka #18 Skoda Fabia (1)  [UNKNOWN] SS9 crash
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally Mexico J. Vainikka #12 Skoda Fabia (1)  [UNKNOWN] SS2 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally Australia (WA) J. Vainikka #41 Mitsubishi Lancer (Cedia)  [UNKNOWN] SS11 suspension
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Vainikka #18 Skoda Fabia (1)  [UNKNOWN] SS12 clutch
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally Mexico S. Rautiainen #41 Mitsubishi Lancer (Cedia)  [UNKNOWN] SS10 crash
Ret. 2003 WRC Rallye Deutschland A. Kapanen #32 Mitsubishi Lancer  [UNKNOWN] SS11 crash
Ret. 2002 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Kapanen #9 Mitsubishi Lancer  [UNKNOWN] SS10 crash
Ret. 2002 WRC Rally New Zealand A. Kapanen #9 Mitsubishi Lancer  [UNKNOWN] SS11 crash
Ret. 2002 WRC Cyprus Rally A. Kapanen #9 Mitsubishi Lancer  [UNKNOWN] SS8 crash
Ret. 2001 WRC Rally of Finland A. Kapanen #24 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN] SS14 crash
Ret. 2001 WRC Swedish Rally A. Kapanen #25 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN] SS16 engine
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally Australia (WA) J. Honkanen #33 Mitsubishi Lancer (Carisma)  [UNKNOWN] SS13 radiator
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally of Finland K. Jokinen #54 Mitsubishi Lancer EvoIII [UNKNOWN] SS22 gearbox

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