It just happened, but I did have a lot of help from Gunnar Palm, my co-driver, because he had a lot of experience and was always trying to calm me down — he was like a broken record by the end of the rally! A stint in Group A Mazda s for Mikkola in With a memory as good as you could find, the then almost 61 year-old Finn showed why he really is one of the legends of the sport. We won the rally and then Ove came to Finland and he thought that we could get the 2-litre engine into that Corolla, which would make the car a winner, so I signed a contract with him. Mikkola was runner-up again in the season with Ford, but switched to the new Audi factory team for the season, to drive the revolutionary four wheel drive Audi Quattro.

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Interview: 1983 World Rally Champion, Hannu Mikkola

International Burmah Rally Great Britain. He remained with Mazda until entering semi-retirement inalthough he continued to make sporadic appearances on international rallies until retiring completely from motorsport in Interestingly, you split up with Gunnar because, you said at the time, your personalities were quite different. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

It did a lot. He retired from professional driving inbut still competes occasionally when the urge gets the better of him. But they never said where it happened. Sport Auto and Auto Hebdo1 stage in Sweden source: When you and Bjorn signed contracts with Mercedes you were being paid big money and really revolutionised the pay structure for rally drivers. I did the testing just after Lakes on similar roads and still it was the same thing.


Cup for Rally Drivers 2. Yes, and there were already successful Finns driving when I was following it.

After that it took just three rallies until the Volvo importer was paying, so it all happened very quickly. I already knew who Bjorn was though! A low growl — almost like a wild animal -but rising and lowering in pitch as it appeared closer, only to fade into the distance. It was partly, and it was partly that when we got something reliable in the car we were testing the next new part. Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo Int.

He was partnered by Johnny Johansson for the season. Coupe des Alpes Makes European Championship. National Breakdown Rally Great Britain.

I made a lot of mistakes too, but I was able to win those rallies. It was the Rally of New Zealand in Mikkola was runner-up again in the season with Ford, but switched to the new Audi factory team for the season, to drive the revolutionary four wheel drive Audi Quattro. Four wins and three second places saw him and co-driver Arne Hertz finally take the World Championship title. The partnership was successful from the outset: The first six months was a lot of work. Retrieved 27 March They thought it was a good idea to have a woman in the team mijkola they were starting, so they asked Michele.


Hannu Mikkola – rally profile

Hong Kong Beijing Rally Others. Timo Makinen was one of the best also, he never really put a foot wrong and he was very consistent and very quick. Please consider supporting us by disabling Adblock.

He changed that, and then we were off! Stig is a completely different kind of person than I am and I think he was used to working alone, so it was much harder for him — in my mind, maybe not in his — to do the team work.

Then, of course, we increased the power and, finally, we had horsepower in it. Hannu Mikkola even drove a Peugeot in the Morocco Rally. You first came to New Zealand to compete in