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2015 EURO RX: Joni-Pekka Rajala in Saab 9-3 tests in Sweden

Joni-Pekka Rajala, Saab 93 tests in SwedenJoni-Pekka Rajala, Saab 93 tests in Sweden

Finnish rallycross driver Joni-Pekka Rajala will compete in the FIA European Rallycross Championship this season, driving an Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3.

Rajala raced at two rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship last season in Finland and Sweden – driving a Hedstroms Motorsport Skoda Fabia – and made it to the final at his home round at Kouvola, Finland after Petter Solberg failed to make it to the start line. He will race a Saab this season, similar to the car used in World RX previously by Henning Solberg and Ramona Karlsson.

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The first round of Euro RX takes place at Mettet, Belgium in May, while the Franciacorta circuit in Italy will host the fifth and final round.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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