Henri Karjalainen

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Henri Karjalainen
Nationality Finland Finnish
Born (1986-02-19) February 19, 1986 (age 31)
GT Finnish Championship career
Debut season 2010
Current team Ferrari Team Nurminen
Car no. 10
Starts 1
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
2009
2008
2007
2006-07
2006
2004-05
FIA Formula Two Championship
Atlantic Championship
GP2 Series
Asian Formula Three
Asian Formula Renault
Formula BMW ADAC

Henri Mikael Karjalainen (born February 19, 1986) is a Finnish racing driver. He will race in GT Finnish Championship in the year 2010. Henri's manager is Finnish Sport Management Agency SportElite.[1]

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Karjalainen competed in karting from 2000 to 2003.

Single-seaters[edit]

Formula BMW[edit]

Karjalainen moved up to German Formula BMW for 2004, and stayed in the same series for 2005. He scored a total of five points from his two years in the series.

Asian-based series[edit]

Karjalainen moved to Asia for 2006, competing in both the Formula Three and Formula Renault series based in the continent. He achieved greater success, and finished as runner-up in the 2007 Asian F3 standings.

GP2 Series[edit]

Karjalainen was given the opportunity to compete in the GP2 Series in 2007 by the BCN Competicion team, following a shoulder injury to compatriot Markus Niemelä which prevented him from driving.[2] He made his debut at Istanbul Park, failing to finish in the both races. He was replaced by the recovered Niemelä for the next race meeting.

Atlantic Championship[edit]

Karjalainen moved to North America in 2008 to compete in the Atlantic Championship. He raced for Jensen MotorSport finishing 17th in overall standings with 10th position in Grand Prix de Trois-Rivière being his best individual finish.

Formula Two[edit]

In 2009, Karjalainen participated in the reformed Formula Two series. He is keen to be the next Finn after Keke Rosberg that promotes from Formula Two to Formula One. He drove the #23 car, finishing fifteenth in the championship.

GT Racing[edit]

Back to Finland[edit]

In 2010, after failing to collect budget large enough to compete in F2, Karjalainen returned to Finland to drive for Ferrari Team Nurminen, which competes in GT Finnish Championship with Ferrari F430 Challenge GT3 Cup. This is the first time Karjalainen has competed in GT-racing.[3]

Racing record[edit]

Complete Atlantic Championship Series results[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
2008 Jensen
Motorsport
LBH
14
LS
16
MON
Ret
EDM
14
EDM
11
ROA
Ret
ROA
14
TRR
10
NJ
15
UT
12
ATL
17th 70

Complete Formula Two results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2009 23 VAL
1

17
VAL
2

15
BRN
1

4
BRN
2

16
SPA
1

7
SPA
2

15
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

18
DON
1

15
DON
2

13
OSC
1

Ret
OSC
2

15
IMO
1

11
IMO
2

15
CAT
1

16
CAT
2

17
15th 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sportelite.fi/index.php?node_id=14778 Henri's profile at SportElite's website
  2. ^ "Asian F3 runner-up Karjalainen to replace injured Niemela in Turkey". flagworld.auto123.com. 2007-08-22. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 
  3. ^ Vauhdin Maailma - Rata-SM 2010, page 8. Sanoma Magazines, 2010
  • Career statistics from driverdb.com. Retrieved on August 23, 2007.
  • Henri Karjalainen joins Formula Two. [1] from formulatwo.com. Retrieved on February 16, 2009.
  • SportElite

External links[edit]