Finnish driver, Juho Hänninen, 30, was the absolute winner of the international 45th SATA Rallye Azores, held in São Miguel, Azores, July 14-16.
Hänninen drove a ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000 in a close run against Norvwegian driver Andreas Mikkleson, 22, second place winner .
Portuguese favorite Bruno Magalhães, the winner in the Azores in 2010, was leading second place when he was forced to give up the race due to transmission mechanical problems.
Another Portuguese favorite, Ricardo Moura, finished sixth place. Vitor Pascoal, also Portuguese, finished eighth.
The 45 year old international Azorean car driving competition is one of the most important legs for the European Rally Cup of the International Rally Challenge (IRC). The SATA Rallye Azores, is in its second year on the IRC Calendar.
Covering 180 miles, the SATA Rallye Azores rankings count for the IRC organized by FIA (Fédération Internationale de l´Automobile) consisting of 213 national member organizations in 125 countries worldwide.
The rally has 19 stages (around 135 miles of competitive racing) — one of the most challenging rallies on the international rally calendar.
The next IRC is schedule for August 26-28 in Czechoslovakia.