The Finn is the only driver to have won the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and FIA European Rally Championship – both of which are headlined by the Super 2000 category – plus the FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship, making him possibly the greatest driver in the history of the S2000 class.
Hänninen, who is co-driven by countryman Mikko Markkula, also holds another record having won more IRC events than any other driver with 11 triumphs to his name.
He will chase a 12th win in Sanremo but admits he will face a tough test against a host of strong rivals. “Sanremo is a great rally, one of the oldest and most famous ones, and no doubt the IRC event with the highest quality of local drivers,” said the 2010 IRC champion. “Our ambition is to win as many points for ŠKODA as possible, but we realise that it will be a difficult job.”