Extremely talented and skilled, with nerves of steel as finns have, also one of the fastest drivers in the world in his age group, this just in a nut shell.
The end of the 2017 season culminated in the Finnish National Motorsport Gala (AKK) Masters’ Evening where Jussi Kuusiniemi cleared the prize trophy table. Winning trophies came from the domestic FTCC championship in the Porsche GT3 category as well as the Northern European championship in the Porsche GT3 NEZ series. And no wonder – Kuusiniemi stood on the podium every race weekend.
21-year-old Kuusiniemi started his career on the Finnish karting tracks. Success followed at early age, and by the turn of the decade Kuusiniemi had already been used to competing against the world’s top drivers, establishing himself at the top of Finnish karting. A determined karting career culminated in taking the Nordic Championship in 2012.
In 2015 Kuusiniemi moved to racecars, achieving a podium position in his first V1600 race driving a Mini One. A pole position, a win and 4 podium positions guaranteed 4th place in the Finnish Championships and the “Rookie of the Year” title from the organisers.
Young driver’s impressive talents shown in V1600 class led to to a contract with Composit Motorsport for the Italian Clio Cup the following year. Kuusiniemi took pole position immediately for the second race in Misano, his talent of speed also showing later that season when he was on pole at Vallelunga. But after an otherwise unlucky season, Kuusiniemi returned to Finland to race in the Porsche GT3 Cup.
After a successful 2017 season in Finland it was time for Kuusiniemi to head back to the European tracks, this time signing contract with Positione Motorsport driving a VW Golf GTI TCR in the ADAC TCR Germany series. So for this year, it’s all about racing again on world-class race tracks.
|Jussi Kuusiniemi // Season 2017|
|1st||Race in Bikernieku (Latvia)||GT3 Cup|
|2nd||Race in Ahvenisto (Finland)||GT3 Cup|
|1st||Race in Auto24ring (Estonia)||GT3 Cup|
|1st||Race in Alastaro (Finland)||GT3 Cup|
|1st||Porsche NEZ Championship||GT3 Cup|
|1st||Race in Alastaro (Finland)||GT3 Cup|
|1st||Porsche FTCC Championship||GT3 Cup|
|1st||Porsche Challenge Championship||GT3 Cup|
ADAC TCR Germany 2018
Agripping, viewer-friendly ADAC TCR Germany started its 3rd season in April. Series take place on world-class race tracks in Central Europe.
The ADAC TCR Germany is part of the rapidly expanding family of TCR series around the globe. The cars are based on C-Segment hatchbacks production-based touring cars and participating manufacturers this season include Audi, Honda, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, Seat and Volkswagen.
The cars are powered by up to two-liter turbocharged engines, with the peak power of the front-wheel drive cars at about 350 hp, torque of 420 Nm, top speed of over 250 km/h and with an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in about 5 seconds.
A total of seven races will be held at the same weekends as the German ADAC GT Masters series, with 18 teams and 30 drivers participating. Four of the races are held in Germany (Oschersleben, Nürburgring, Sachsenring and Hockenheim), with one in the Czech Republic (Most), Austria (Red Bull Ring) and the Netherlands (Zandvoort).
On race weekends there are 2 free training periods and both qualifications on Friday, with the first race driven on Saturday followed by the second on Sunday.
The current titleholder of the series is driver Josh Files racing under the colors of the English flag, the race team championship title is held by the Italian Target Competition.
Race weekends are gathering over 30 thousand viewers alone at the track, not to mention broadcasted programs and live-stream viewers. The races are broadcasted live on the German Sport1 channel and live English broadcasts are available on the series’ website.
|VW Golf GTI TCR // Tech specs|
|Type||4 cyl. – 16 valve – 1,984 cc|
|Max power||257 kW / 350 bhp @ 6,200 rpm|
|Max torque||430 Nm @ 2,500 rpm|
|Max engine speed||6,800 rpm|
|Rims||10″ x 18″|
|L x W x H||4,372 x 1,950 x 1,368 mm|
OSCHERSLEBEN (DE) | 14/4/18
LENGTH: 3.696 km
MOST (CZ) | 28/4/18
LENGTH: 4.212 km
RED BULL RING (AT) | 9/6/18
LENGTH: 4.326 km
NÜRBURGRING (DE) | 4/8/18
LENGTH: 3.629 km
ZANDVOORT (NL) | 18/8/18
LENGTH: 4.307 km
SACHSENRING (DE) | 8/9/18
LENGTH: 3.645 km
HOCKENHEIM (DE) | 22/9/18
LENGTH: 4.574 km
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