Next week flying Finn Toni Gardemeister will take a part in his first off-road event – Italian Baja. Toni was invited by Latvian racing team "RE Autoclub". In 2010 they worked together on rally Latvia, when Toni took 3-rd place overall with old Mitsubishi EVO IV. "RE-Autoclub" has great experience in rally-raids, they took part in many famous international off-road events, among them Dakar and Silk Way rallies.

"It will be my first off-road experience. I never do it before and hope I can keep the car in one piece and reach the finish. Here you need to drive without recce and pace notes. Of course during my career I took part in F-cup, where no any pace-notes also, but it was other 15-th years ago and there were roads. We will see how far we can go here and will put all our efforts on the way to our target – finish." - told professional rally driver Toni Gardemeister.

Yesterday Toni completed small tests in Latvia with "RE-Autoclub" and their off-road Mitsubishi MPR-107. Everybody was satisfied with this experience and now everything is ready for the long challenge.

The event will take place in Italy (Pordenone) on 15 – 18-th of March 2012. During these days all competitors need to overcome about 400 km of Special Stages.

"Except Italian Baja we are also planning to complete event in Latvia "Riga Baja" and maybe some events in Russia. If everything will goes well it could be even "Silk Way rally" – shared his plans Roberts Elbakjans, director of "RE-Autoclub".

At the same time Toni Gardemeister still working for several events in IRC with his team TGS Worldwide Ou and Skoda Fabia S2000.

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I'm second generation rallydriver born with motorsports in my blood in 1975. My yard was full of racing cars as my dad began driving rally in 1970, so I breathed rally all the time.

After professional career I have teached and mentored new talents and as a Jari-Matti Latvala´s first car.


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