As a newcomer to the World Rally Championship (WRC), little was expected from the 31-year-old Finnish driver Janne Eronen on the most recent championship round, the Neste Oil Rally Finland. Eronen’s own ambition was to be at least the fastest novice contestant, so the entire team was ecstatic when he and co-driver Ville Mäkelä not only won the novice prize, but were fastest overall in the production class with their Mitsubishi Evo IX.
Kumho’s Finnish motorsport tyre dealer, Eronen has been rallying since 2004; mainly in 2WD cars for the first four years. He then went on to win the WRC class in his national series in 2009 – the same period he began placing his trust in Kumho tyres. For his successful assault on Rally Finland he employed K71 compound 205/65-15 R900 pattern rally tyres on the front and the same compound 205/65-15 R800s on the rear.
Commenting on the contribution of the tyres, Eronen said immediately after the event: “A major key to our success was that, despite damaging no less than six wheels, we didn’t suffer a single puncture or even any deflation.”
Added Kumho Motorsport’s Steve Thompson: “This is a great outcome for both Eronen and Kumho. We now know how quick he can be with the right equipment and look forward to more great results in the future.”
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