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Jesse Kurki-Suonio (born 3 September 1990 in Nurmijärvi, Uusimaa), more commonly known as Jesse Krohn, is a Finnish professional racing driver, and BMW Motorsport works driver.

Jesse Krohn
NationalityFinnish
Born (1990-09-03) 3 September 1990 (age 29)
Nurmijärvi (Finland)
Related toPertti Kurki-Suonio (Father)
Jenni Krohn (Sister)
Oskari Kurki-Suonio (Brother)
Italian Formula Three career
Debut season2010
Current teamRP Motorsport
Car no.21
Previous series
2006
2007
2007
2008
2008
2008
2009
Formula Ford Finland
Formula Ford UK
Finnish Formula Three
Formula Renault Finland
Formula Renault NEZ
Formula Renault Estonia
Formula Renault UK
Championship titles
2008
2008
2008
Formula Renault Finland
Formula Renault NEZ
Formula Renault Estonia

He is notable for winning the Finnish, Northern European Zone (NEZ) and Estonian Formula Renault championships.

Krohn comes from a motorsport central family, with his father, Pertti, competing in the 1987 Finnish Formula Ford championship alongside 1998 and 1999 Formula One world champion Mika Häkkinen whilst his sister, Jenni, and brother, Oskari also compete in motorsport professionally in Finland.

Personal and early lifeEdit

Jesse Krohn was born in Nurmijärvi, located in the southern Uusimaa region of Finland, during September 1990. His father, Pertti Kurki-Suonio was a racing driver. He competed in the Finnish Formula Ford championship alongside future Formula One drivers Mika Häkkinen and Mika Salo. However, despite finishing behind Salo and Häkkinen in the championship, Pertti's career never went beyond Scandinavia, excluding a one-off appearance at Brands Hatch for the Formula Ford festival.

His elder sister, Jenni, and younger brother, Oskari, are also both racing drivers both currently racing in their native Finland.

Racing careerEdit

Krohn began his career in karts when he was six, he spent nine years karting before moving up into car racing in 2005 as a test driver for saloon cars. In 2006, he competed in a number of Formula Ford events in his home country, finishing in eighth, and also competing in the Ford Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, finishing 10th, and also in the British Formula Ford Winter Series, finishing as runner up to Brit David Mayes. The Finn entered the full UK championship the following year as well as the Finnish Formula Three championship, "I was in a '97 Dallara with a H-pattern gearbox" Krohn recalls, "my shoulders were over the cockpit".[1] In the UK championship, Krohn finished the year in 17th with 82 points whilst he had a better time in Finnish Formula Three with six wins and finishing second overall in the championship. He also re-entered the Formula Ford festival as well, performing better than the previous year finishing eighth.

2008 was Krohn's best year yet, with three championship wins in the Finnish, Northern European Zone (NEZ) and Estonian Formula Renault championships, recording ten wins in total. He also competed in the British, Italian and Northern European championships as well, but experiencing little success by comparison. With a number of successes the previous year, Krohn entered the UK Formula Renault championship for the whole season where he has so far tallied 117 points, including a win at Thruxton.

Krohn gained some notoriety during the year as well after climbing up from twenty–fifth to seventh in the wet conditions at Donington Park but soon dropped out of the point after his suspension failed and so had to complete the final three laps on three wheels, "exactly what Jan Magnussen would have done" commented Mark Burdett Motorsport engineer Andy Miller, who ran the Danish driver during his 1994 British Formula 3 campaign.[1]

2014 saw Krohn admitted into the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme in which he trained in for three years, with established works drivers like Dirk Adorf and Jörg Müller. He won the 2017–18 Asian Le Mans Series GT Drivers title with Jun San Chen in the FIST-Team AAI BMW M6 GT3, and was promoted to BMW works driver in 2018.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series resultsEdit

Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2016 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 BMW 4.4 L V8 GTD DAY
5
SIR
7
LBH LS
DET
S6H
MSP
LRP
ELK
VIR
AUS
PET
30th 52
2017 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 BMW 4.4 L V8 GTD DAY
8
SIR
20
LBH
AUS
DET
S6H
MSP
LRP
14
ELK
1
VIR
2
LS
5
PET
15
21st 160
2018 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE BMW S63 4.0 L Twin-turbo V8 GTLM DAY
7
SIR
7
LBH
5
MDO
7
S6H
8
MSP
8
LRP
8
ELK
8
VIR
3
LS
4
PET 8th* 249*

*Season still in progress.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2019   BMW Team MTEK   António Félix da Costa
  Augusto Farfus
BMW M8 GTE GTE
Pro
335 30th 10th

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Introducing: Jesse Krohn". Autosport. Vol. 196 no. 11. June 2009. p. 59.

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