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Vaino Iisakki Kimminen (born 2 June 1996) is a Finnish racing driver who won the 2013 FF4M Europe championship and is currently one of the test drivers for Tornado.

Early History

Born in Jyväskylä, Finland, Kimminen's racing interest originally stemmed from his father, Pauli, who was a multiple national rally champion, but also from his twin sister, Tuuli. Both siblings were keen to follow in their father's footsteps and started racing at nine years old. Initially, both Vaino and Tuuli began their careers racing on gravel and dirt, but Vaino struggled compared his sister, who displayed far more natural talent on the loose surface. Tuuli went on to win a number of national rallycross races and is currently competing in the FJRC (Fantasy Junior Rally Championship).

FF4M

Desperate not to fall into an unrelated career path, Kimminen tried his hand at go-karting, and found that racing on tarmac was much more to his liking. He experienced much success that eventually led him to participating in the 2013 FF4M Euro Series, which saw him win the championship with five wins including a double in the final meeting at the Hungaroring. Kimminen also secured five pole positions and seven fastest laps, five of which were consecutive. The winning margin was 22 points over Dutch driver Bram de Boer.

FF3M

Kimminen's performance in FF4M caught the attention of Tornado, who signed him as part of the team's young drivers programme as well as a drive in the 2014 FF3M championship with the Masuka Realm team. His season started almost perfectly with a victory in the first race at Jacarepagua, followed by pole position for the second race of the meeting. Two more pole positions followed at Pau and Mugello, but ultimately, he couldn't match the consistency of James Clark and Mattia Alfonsi and ended up 4th in the championship. Despite this, Tornado were impressed enough to promote Kimminen to FF2M for the following season as well as an FF1M test driver role.

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2013 FF4M Gordon 12 5 5 7 9 108 1st
2014 FF3M Masuka Realm 17 1 3 0 69 4th
2015 FF2M Spaniel
2015 FF1M Tornado TD
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