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    My job

    I’ve managed to turn my hobby to a profession which is amazing. What I enjoy the most is to have the full control of the car wherever the road is, whatever the conditions are. It’s the best feeling.

    My best memory so far

    2008 – Rally Sweden. Not only because it was my first victory in WRC but also because there, I’ve beaten the record of my idol Henri Toivonen and it was such a nice and important moment for me.

    The thing you might not know about me

    I’m very, very organized and I don’t like when the things are dirty or messy.

    The thing I would like you to know

    Life is up and down also in motorsport but when you are committed to the sport you do, you never give up.

    My Story

    I’ve grown in motorsport family and lived nearly all my life surrounded by rally cars. My father is a famous and successful rally driver in Finland. I’ve seen and lived in his rally career and learn to will of winning.
    My career started in season 2001 from Finnish youngsters rallysprint class. I’ve been learning a lot with MSport and Ford Motorsport in World Rally Championship before joigning Volkswagen Motorsport Team in 2013. After finishing 2nd of the World Rally Championship in 2014 and 2015, we had a difficult season in 2016 and we close the championship at the 6th position overall. 2017 was the year of the changes as we joined a new team : The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team. We started in the best way with a victory in Rally Sweden and ended 4th of the drivers’ standings at the end of the season. 2018 was a tough and good year at the same time. Difficult times with 3 retirement in a raw but good results too with 5 podiums finishing with a great victory in Australia! 2019? The year of the strength! Our motivation is very, very high and we are aiming for the best.
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    My Interests

    What I like

    Motorsports, water sports, skiing and orienteering. My idols in rallying: Henri Toivonen and Juha Kankkunen. Music I’m very fond of: 80’ies, Pop & Rock. Favourite movies: Forest Gump & Benjamin Button.

    Who I am

    Nicknames: Jarppa ja Latvis. Strength: Stubbornity, will of win, honesty and being myself. What I’m doing in 10 years from now: Hopefully still a professional rally driver and hunting for World Rally Championship victories and titles. Motto: Be yourself.

    World Rally victories18
    Different rallies won12
    Podiums65

    Stage wins517

    More about me

    Record : Youngest Rally Winner 22 years, 313 days (2008 Swedish Rally)

    Date of Birth: April 3rd 1985
    Place of Birth: Töysä
    Family relations: Engaged with Maisa
    Height & weight: 185cm & 81kg
    First Rally: 2002 Scottish Rally
    First World Rally: 2002 Wales GB
    My club: Alavua (Alavuden Urheiluautoilijat)