Juho Hänninen wrote his name in golden letters on the result sheet of the Geko Ypres Rally 2012. It is an exceptional performance for a Finn to win on these roads. Only the belated Toivonen managed a similar feat.
The year was 1984, the great era of the Group B cars. The extremely talented Henri Toivonen (Porsche 911 RS) outclassed Patrick Snijers (idem) by beating him by more than 5 minutes (Jean-Claude Andruet was originally second at 27’’ on his Lancia Rally 037, but he was subsequently disqualified). Now, 30 years later and for his third participation only to the Ypres Rally, Juho Hänninen (Škoda Fabia S2000) is the second « Flying Finn » to win on the very typical roads of the Westhoek. This is the third win of Škoda here and the first one for the team of Mladá Boleslav without Freddy Loix at the wheel. He moved to the competition this year (Peugeot 207 S2000) and tried to push his rival into making a mistake by driving on the limit everywhere, but to no avail. He didn’t win, but he did ensure this event was never boring. Without him, the super advanced Škodas of the factory team would have had no competition what so ever.