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Juuso Nordgren

Date of birth : 19/11/1996

Who is he? The 21-year-old is the latest young talent to choose the ERC to grow his experience of international competition.

What’s the plan? After a stage-winning performance on the EKO Acropolis Rally – his ERC debut and only his ninth outing in an R5 car – Nordgren then contested the Cyprus Rally and led for a time following an impressive showing.

Sounds interesting? It’s all part of his young driver development programme with ŠKODA Motorsport, which allows him to contest selected major events and is designed to test the emerging prospect on tough and demanding rallies.

Has he got what it takes? He was the Finnish federation’s Future Rally Star of Finland for 2016 – an award also won in the past by Jari Huttunen and Teemu Suninen – and has tackled three world championship events under the ŠKODA Motorsport umbrella having enjoyed considerable success in two-wheel drive machinery.

Tarmac test? Rally di Roma Capitale in July marked Nordgren’s fifth outing on asphalt, his last coming on the Czech championship Rally Bohemia earlier in the month where he placed ninth overall.

Azores Airlines Rallye: DNE
Rally Islas Canarias: DNE
EKO Acropolis Rally: 18
Cyprus Rally: DNF (accident)
Rally di Roma Capitale: 7
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: DNE
Rally Poland: DNE
Rally Liepāja: DNE