Despite retiring in the early 1990s, Mikkola's 18 World Rally Championship victories keeps him in the Top 10 most successful rally drivers in history. He won the 1983 World Rally Championship in an Audi Quattro, but also three times finished runner-up and three times finished third. Seven of Mikkola's triumphs came in the famously daunting and fast 1000 Lakes rally in his Finnish homeland (although not all counted toward his tally of 18 as they weren’t always accorded WRC status). But Hannu also knew how to nurse a car in the endurance events: his final triumph came in the Safari Rally of 1987 at the wheel of one of the more unlikely rally cars, the Audi 200 Quattro. Hannu Mikkola demonstrating his World Cup-spec 1970 Ford Escort at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Photo by: Dave Dyer Although, like many Scandinavian greats, his career started in a Volvo – a PV544 – by the 1970s he was more closely associated with Ford, clinching the 1972 East African Safari Rally (not a WRC event) in an Escort RS. His first World Championship-status win came in the 1000 Lakes in 1974 in another Escort, in '75 he triumphed in Morocco – partnered by current… Read full this story
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