Flying Finn Future Star

Flying Finn Future Star

Finland is a country famous for its rally drivers. It’s been like that for a long time, still is and hopefully will be well into the future. AKK Sports Oy, the organiser of Rally Finland, began a project called Flying Finn Future Star in 2014 to find promising new drivers with the intention to speed up their progress towards an international career.

In 2020 there is one Flying Finn Future Star Award

After all the seven rounds of FRC, one driver gets a seat to Junior WRC (or same kind of series) for season 2021

  • The award is sponsored by M-Sport, Pirelli and AKK
  • Winner of 2020: Lauri Joona

Springboard – Finnish Rally Championship

Judgement on who is viewed as the best young driver is based on success in the Finnish Rally Championship. AKK Sports acts as the series’ promoter with local clubs organising individual events. Participants in "The Flying Finn Future Star" contest must compete in class SM3 for cars with R1 or R2 FIA homologation.

This increasingly popular class is especially favoured by young drivers, because it keeps the costs at a reasonable level. It also serves as a good springboard to an R5 or Super2000 car. Citroën, Ford, Peugeot, Opel and Skoda are represented in the class. 

Selection process in 2020

First award: All five 2020 Finnish Championship rounds will count towards graduation to a special selection event. Candidates must compete in SM3 class and be born on 1.1.1995 or later. The drivers holding top five positions in the points table after the season will be invited to participate in this selection event.

An analysis of each candidate’s driving will be carried out based on his performances during the season. Furthermore, physical and psychological qualities will be tested, as well as prowess in dealing with PR and the media.

The winner will get a JWRC support package for season 2020.

Flying Finn Future Star 2020: Lauri Joona

Lauri Joona

Born: 7th Dec 1996
Hometown: Sastamala
2013 the first rally, Orimattila Finland, Junior class, Ford Focus V1600
2016 & 2017 Finnish Cup Champion in his class
2019 Rally Finland, RC4, 3.
2019 Finnish Rally Championship, SM3 class, 2.
2020 Finnish Rally Championship, SM3 class, Finnish Champion

Read the news about the win here »

Previous winners of the competition

2019: Sami Pajari
2018: Henri Hokkala
2017: Emil Lindholm
2016: Juuso Nordgren
2015: Jari Huttunen
2014: Teemu Suninen