HELSINKI– Hannu Mikkola, the 1983 rally globe champ and also among Finland’s rally greats that gained the label the “Traveling Finn” and also worldwide renown in a driving job extending greater than 30 years, has actually passed away. He was 78.
Mikkola’s child Vesa Mikkola, a previous rally vehicle driver, tweeted Saturday that “we shed my daddy Hannu to cancer cells this weekend break. A lot of recognized him as a rallying fantastic that introduced the gold years of the sporting activity. To me he was daddy.”
Mikkola began his driving job in Volvo vehicles in the very early 1960 s yet made his track record driving a collection of Ford Companions in globe rally occasions in the 1970 s, consisting of a win in the Eastern African Safari Rally in Kenya in 1972 and also a British Rally Champion in 1978.
On his house grass, he won Finland’s 1,000 Lakes Rally on 7 celebrations to name a few accomplishments.
Mikkola went to the leading edge of the four-wheel-drive transformation in globe rallying and also asserted the 1983 title in an Audi Quattro, the initial for an all-wheel-drive vehicle in FIA Globe Rally Champion background.
He later on partnered with the Mazda group prior to relinquishing expert automobile racing in the very early 1990 s.
Mikkola made 123 WRC begins– with a total amount of 18 wins– and also remained to contend as a visitor vehicle driver at a range of occasions till 2017, WRC claimed in a declaration following his fatality.
Information of Mikkola’s fatality motivated numerous tributes from his previous coworkers and also followers worldwide and also in Finland, an automobile racing giant that has actually created numerous Solution One and also rally champs.
The coordinators of the WRC Arctic Rally that occurred over the weekend break in Rovaniemi in Finland’s Lapland area, observed a one-minute’s silence at the platform in homage to Mikkola.
Furthermore, the Finnish Flying force’s F-18 Hornet competitor jets performed a memorial overpass at the location in honor of among the Nordic nation’s most renowned rally vehicle drivers.
FIA Head Of State Jean Todt, a previous rally vehicle driver, went to the occasion and also in a tweet called Mikkola “a long-lasting pal and also a fabulous vehicle driver.”
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