Hannu Mikkola

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Personal information
Nationality Finland Finnish
Born 24 May 1942
Joensuu, Finland
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1973~1993
Teams Ford, Toyota, Audi, Mazda, Subaru
Rallies 123
Championships 1 (1983)
Rally wins 18
Podiums 44
Stage wins 666
Total points 655
First rally 1973 Monte Carlo Rally
First win 1974 1000 Lakes Rally
Last win 1987 Safari Rally
Last rally 1993 1000 Lakes Rally

INTRODUCTION

Hannu Olavi Mikkola (born May 24th 1942 in Joensuu, Finland) is a retired world champion rally driver. He was a seven time winner of the 1000 Lakes Rallyin Finland and won the RAC Rally in Great Britain four times. He is also known for being a self-taught rally driver with a true passion for the sport.

GROUP B RESULTS

(# = finish position / R = retired or DNF / = did not compete)

Y TEAM EVENT PTS
Monaco
MC
Sweden
SE
Portugal
PT
Kenya
KE
France
FR
Greece
GR
New Zealand
NZ
Brazil
BR
Finland
FI
Italy
IT
Ivory Coast
CI
United Kingdom
GB
82 Audi 2 16 R R R R R 1 2 R 1 70
Y Team Event pts
Monaco
MC
Sweden
SE
Portugal
PT
Kenya
KE
France
FR
Greece
GR
New Zealand
NZ
Argentina
AR
Finland
FI
Italy
IT
Ivory Coast
CI
United Kingdom
GB
83 Audi 4 1 1 2 R R R 1 1 R 2 2 135
84 Audi 3 1 3 2 3 2 R 2 2 116
85 Audi 4 R R R 10
86 Audi 3 United States
US-
86 pts 12

BIO (~1986)

Career

Mikkola’s rally career spanned 31 years, starting with a Volvo PV544 in 1963, but his most successful period was during the 1970s and 1980s. The 1970s saw Mikkola a front runner in many international events, usually in a Ford Escort becoming the first overseas driver to win the East African Safari in 1972 partnered by Gunnar Palm again in a Ford Escort and 1979 he made a serious challenge at the World Rally Championship title, ultimately finishing runner-up only one point behind champion Björn Waldegård.

Mikkola was joined by Swedish co-driver Arne Hertz in 1977 and the pair were very quickly a force to be reckoned with, winning the British Rally Championship in 1978 in an Escort.

Mikkola was runner-up again in the 1980 season with Ford, but switched to the new Audi factory team for the 1981 season, to drive the revolutionary four wheel drive Audi quattro. The partnership was successful from the outset: Mikkola led the 1981 Monte Carlo Rally, the Audi’s first event, until an accident put him out of the event. He won the next WRC event, the Swedish Rally, convincingly but the quattro had problems with reliability and despite another win on the RAC Rally, Mikkola only managed third in the driver’s championship. He won the 1000 Lakes and RAC rallies the following year, but did not improve on third position in the championship, ultimately finishing behind Opel’s Walter Röhrl and team-mate Michèle Mouton.

1983 was to be Mikkola’s year. Four wins and three second places saw him and co-driver Arne Hertz finally take the World Championship title. A second place in the championship followed in 1984, behind his team-mate Stig Blomqvist, but 1985 saw him compete in only four world rallies, with three retirements and a fourth place, and slip to 22nd in the final standings after the Audi team was overwhelmed by new Group B competition from Peugeot and Lancia. For 1986, he participated in only the first round in Monte Carlo and clinching a podium with 3rd place. Audi retired from official Group B competition after the spectator deaths incident in Portugal, preventing Mikkola from competing for the rest of the season.

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannu_Mikkola


spell checked, translated, and modified (additions or abridged), by Jay Auger – website owner & author


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