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Toyota motorsport gmbh completes junior driver line-up

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has completed the line-up for its junior driver development scheme, which aims to reveal future World Rally Championship (WRC) contenders.

Finland's Teemu Suninen is the second member of the TMG programme for 2015, alongside France's Eric Camilli, who was announced in January. Both will develop their skills in a variety of cars and events as they expand their rally experience.

Teemu, 21, has forged a reputation as a promising talent following his rally debut in 2013. He made his mark in the 2014 Rally Finland when, on his WRC debut, he won the WRC 3 class.

Eric, 27, is a relatively late starter in rallying but has already turned heads in one-make cups along with second place in the Junior class at Rally France last year. He also won the prestigious Rallye Jeunes FFSA driver search in 2012, following in the footsteps of recent French World Champions.

In addition to competing in WRC 2 and WRC 3, Eric and Teemu will test the Yaris WRC as they gain vital experience behind the wheel of a WRC car. Alongside the experienced duo of Stéphane Sarrazin and Sebastian Lindholm, they will push the Yaris WRC to its limits on a range of surfaces across Europe this year.

The programme also aims to develop the drivers' existing skills in terms of personal fitness, communication, media relations and team work.

Yoshiaki Kinoshita, President: "We are delighted to have Eric and Teemu as part of the TMG junior driver programme this year. We've been working with both drivers since the beginning of the year and we have been very impressed. Both have huge potential in rally they are extremely fast but also intelligent and methodical. These are qualities which are necessary to succeed in this discipline. We tested several young drivers late last year and Eric and Teemu both stood out as having strong potential so we expect to grow as a team together with them. It is an exciting time for all of us and we are looking forward to taking the next steps on our journey together with Eric and Teemu."

Eric Camilli: "It's fantastic for me to be a part of an organisation like TMG and I would like to thank them for the trust they have shown in me. The project is incredibly exciting and it's a great opportunity for me, as well as for Teemu. I know I still have plenty to learn in rally and I think the TMG junior driver development scheme is the perfect way for me to gain more experience not only in terms of driving but all the other aspects of being a WRC driver. I am fully motivated to make the most of this chance."

Teemu Suninen: "I am very proud to join the TMG junior driver development scheme. TOYOTA has such a strong reputation and history in rally it's a great honour to be selected by TMG to be a part of their return. I can't wait to get started I will give my maximum to repay the faith shown in me. My target is to learn as much as possible, because I am still early in my rally career. I want to grow with the team and I'm looking forward to working alongside Stéphane, Sebastian and Eric. There is a positive and professional atmosphere within the team which is very motivating."

Eric Camilli Profile

Born 6 September 1987 in Nice, France

Lives Nice, France

Marital status Single

Height 178cm

Weight 66kg

Hobbies Sport, mountain biking, music

Favourite rally Rally Monte Carlo

Best achievement Fourth place on 2014 Tour de Corse (top S2000 driver)

Website: www.ericcamilli.com

Twitter: @EricCamilli

Career History

2009 French Suzuki Cup: n/c (1 rally)

2012 Rally Jeunes FFSA winner

2013 French Rally Championship: 8th(2 wins, 4 second places in Citroen Junior class)

Member of FFSA driver academy

2014 Rally France (Junior WRC): 2nd

Tour de Corse (European Rally Championship): 4th (1st in S2000 class)

Volant Peugeot: 3rd (1 win)

2015 TMG Junior Driver Development Programme

Teemu Suninen Profile

Born 1. February 1994 in Tuusula, Finland

Lives Jokela, Finland

Marital status Single

Height 184cm

Weight 65kg

Hobbies Fitness training

Favourite rally Rally Finland

Best achievement WRC Finland — 1st in WRC3 class

Website: www.teemusuinen.com

Twitter: @teemusuninenrac

Career History

2009 Finnish Karting Championship (KF2 class): 2nd

2010 European Karting Championship (KF2 class): 3rd

Finnish Karting Championship (KF2 class): 1st

2011 SKUSA SuperNationals Kart Championship (KF2 class): 1st

2012 European Rallycross Championship: 8th in S1600 class (1 win)

2013 F-Cup, B-Junior Class: 1st

2014 Finnish Rally Championship, SM 3 class: 4th (1 win)

Fiesta Sport Trophy Finland: 1st

WRC3: 8th (1 rally, 1 win)

2015 TMG Junior Driver Development Programme

About TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH:

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has been based in Cologne, Germany since 1979 and built its reputation in the World Rally Championship, winning four drivers' and three manufacturers' title during a long participation which ended in 1999. TMG was also the home of TOYOTA's works Le Mans 24 Hours (1998-1999) and Formula 1 (2002-2009) teams, and currently runs the TOYOTA Racing team in the World Endurance Championship. In 2014, the third year of the hybrid-based programme, TMG achieved the manufacturers' and drivers' World Championships. Alongside its works motorsport activities, TMG offers race and rally vehicles, such as the successful GT86 CS-V3 and CS-R3 variants, to customers. Since 2009, TMG is a leading engineering services supplier, offering its cutting-edge development facilities and know-how to a range of industries. www.toyota-motorsport.com