Honda Red Bull OMSE
- Date of Birth: October 09, 1993
- Home: Pohja, Finland
- CHAMPIONSHIPS: Supercars 2014; Lites 2013
- 2015: 12 starts, 1 win, 2 podiums, 4 heat wins, 370 points, 5th overall (Supercars)
- 2014: 10 starts, 5 podiums, 10 heat wins, 381 points, 1st overall (Supercars)
- 2013: 6 starts, 6 wins, 8 heat wins, 128 points, 1st overall (Lites)
- CAREER: 22 starts, 1 win, 7 podiums, 14 heat wins, 751 points (Supercars); 6 starts, 6 wins, 8 heat wins, 128 points (Lites)
Joni Wiman’s Red Bull Global Rallycross title defense didn’t exactly go to plan in 2015. In 2016, he’s looking to make those struggles a distant memory.
Wiman finally earned his first Supercar main event win in last year’s finale, bumping him up to fifth in the standings when all was said and done. But overall, the protégé of the legendary Marcus Gronholm had a difficult season last year, with a handful of early DNFs and fewer podium finishes contributing to a lower final result in the point.
Still, Wiman returns to Olsbergs MSE for the third consecutive year with high hopes. The victory gives him momentum coming into the year, but OMSE’s new partnership with Honda is another huge reason to expect big things from the Finnish driver. With a brand new Civic at his disposal, Wiman gets to hone and refine a car to his driving style as an active part of its development in 2016.
Racing alongside Sebastian Eriksson, his former GRC Lites rival turned Supercar teammate, for the second year in a row, Wiman will make up half of one of the youngest driving duos in Red Bull GRC. But both drivers have raced for championships, and with the wide-open line of communication that comes with a year of working together, they’ll be fully focused on utilizing that experience to sculpt the Civic into a front-runner.
For Wiman, all the ingredients are in place for a bounce-back season, much like the one Tanner Foust had last year. It should only be a matter of time until the Finn takes that second victory—and a second title may not be far behind.