Names: Teuvo “The king of the roads” Ojanen & Jorma Kolehmainen
Ages: 28 & 27
Car: A tuned '90 Birch Kiito
Background: Jorma and Teuvo are old childhood friends. Teuvo lives his life through his heart, not his brain. When he got his driving licence in the late 80’s, he quickly got his nickname. Of course, this was a mocking name. His driving skills were worse that sub-par. Worst of all, he pretended to be a rally driver in his old Ford Anglia, which led him to many crashes and run-ins with the law. After a near-death collision with a truck, he understood that he needed to change his ways. He became a very careful driver and drove slowly. However, after getting more experience behind the wheel he became more confident and decided to lift his speeds in small increments. Nowadays he’s a great driver and knows how to drive fast in all conditions. He bought the 1990 hardtop Birch Kiito as a reward for himself for not getting killed. He entered GAR because he wants to test himself before trying to go pro. This is his final test.
Jorma is a nimble-fingered and quick-witted mechanic. He got used to fixing Teuvo’s car after his fender benders and
usually got it fixed in less than 2 days. He ran his own car repair shop a couple of years back, but after it went bankrupt and he couldn’t get a job, he got depressed and tried to soothe his depression with alcohol. This actually made him more depressed and started a vicious cycle. He turned to Teuvo after a year of this cycle, who helped Jorma to get him back up to his feet. He still has a lot of debts to pay, so he needs the money from GAR. And who knows? It might be fun too…
1990 Birch Kiito
After Teuvo had bought this car, the first thing that came into his mind was: “This thing needs more power.” So after two years of ownership, Teuvo decided to use an another engine unit that Jorma had gotten from somewhere. Jorma told him that this was the exact same engine unit that was used in Birch Firestarter in '78 AGTC - the very car that they used to cheer on when watching the race from TV. It’s a 3.2L NA V6, producing 340-ish horsepower at the crank. They completely rebuilt and modernized the engine, detuning it for road use at the same time. It still produces about the same amount of power, but it’s more reliable and economical. Somehow they even got it to fit in the car’s cramped engine space. The car’s interior is also stripped of any excess, it has much wider tires and a wide body kit.
With Jorma’s great mechanical skills and Teuvo’s driving skills, they’re determined to win.
This isn’t all about the money or fame for them. For them, it’s also a road trip that they have wanted to make for a long time… And a test of their friendship.