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Suzuki Names Drivers for World Rally Championship

Suzuki Motor Corporation is pleased to announce that the Suzuki World Rally Team's Gardemeister from Finland and Per-Gunnar Andersson from Sweden.
Toni Gardemeister combines impressive experience and versatility as a driver with a great ability to contribute to car development. As the Suzuki World Rally Team's primary driver throughout the 2008 WRC season, he will play an important role in fine-tuning the Suzuki SX4 WRC car.
Per-Gunnar Andersson won the 2004 Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) in a Suzuki Ignis and the 2007 Junior Rally Championship in a Suzuki Swift, so he's already a valued member of the Suzuki World Rally Team as he steps up to the bigger challenges of the WRC.
Joining Toni Gardemeister as co-driver will be fellow Finn Tomi Tuominen, who was also co-driver for the Suzuki SX4 WRC car's test entry in the Wales Rally GB. Codriver for Per-Gunnar Andersson will be fellow Swede Jonas Andersson. The Swedes have already raced successfully together in the Super 1600 category.
Suzuki Motor Corporation and its affiliate Suzuki Sport are supporting the Suzuki World Rally Team with technical and managerial know-how and resources. They see the Suzuki WRC challenge as a great chance to raise the profile of Suzuki products and gain technical data that will be valuable in future car development.

Pilots' profiles
Left : Toni Gardemeister / Right : Per-Gunnar Andersson
First name Toni
Last name Gardemeister
Nationality Finnish
Date of birth 31 March 1975
Results 1993 Rally debut
1994 WRC debut (1000 Lakes Rally)
1997 Finland F2 class champion
2000 Seat works driver
2002 Skoda works driver
2005 Ford works driver (placed fourth in WRC)
First name Per-Gunnar
Last name Andersson
Nationality Swedish
Date of birth 10 March 1980
Results 1999 Rally debut
2000 Champion in junior class in two Swedish rallies
2002 WRC debut in Sweden (winner in class)
2003 Swedish Super 1600 champion
2004 Champion, JWRC
2005 Second place in JWRC
2006 Fourth place in JWRC
2007 Champion, JRC
First name Tomi
Last name Tuominen
Date of birth Finnish
Date of birth 8 November 1971
First name Jonas
Last name Andersson
Date of birth Swedish
Date of birth 1 January 1977
Team Profiles
Team Leader
Nobuhiro "MONSTER" Tajima
Date of birth 28 June 1950
Post President SUZUKI SPORT Co.,Ltd.
Yutaka Awazuhara
Date of birth 1 March 1961
Post Managing Director SUZUKI SPORT Co.,Ltd.
Akira Kawada
Date of birth 30 October 1960
Technical Manager
Shusuke Inagaki
Date of birth 7 August 1946