Tommi Makinen plus Evo VI plus Portuguese roads equals high drama
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It's been so long since Mitsubishi has actually been successful at rallying that it's almost easy to forget that for years it dominated the WRC.
But the chirpy 1981 Lancer 2000 Turbo that we showed you yesterday (Thursday) - the first ever car to feature essentially the same mill that would go onto power Mitsubishi's rallying successes - had us thinking back to the Lancer's glory days.
Hence this airborne POTW. It's Mr Tommi Makinen at the 1999 Rally of Portugal, winging his way to fifth place in the rally, part of a season-long campaign that netted him his fourth world title in as many years.
I always hoped Freddy Loix would (could) be a bit quicker.
rallyman7715 Oct 2011
At his peak years 1996-99 Tommi was untouchable... even luck was on his side when Carlos's Corolla broke down 300 yards before the end of Margam park (final SS of the GB rally) to hand over the 1999 championship to Tommi.
The phone call came in when he was already in Finland and even himself could not believe it... haha!
Take nothing away from a legendary rally driver and World champ (x4)!
EvoDelta15 Oct 2011
Great pic. Thanks
F1GTRUeno15 Oct 2011
[pedant]That's a VI surely?[/pedant]
Brings back great memories. Was a huge McRae fan but Tommi was brilliant as well and always prefered the EVO over the Impreza.
Peak times in motorsport for me, growing up as a kid in the 90's with F1, WRC, BTCC, BPR GT, FIA GT, CART, WSBK and MotoGP, mostly with cigarette sponsorship for great liveries, all having huge manufacturer support and there being tonnes of great drivers/riders. The homologation specials produced from that lot were so good as well.
Riggers15 Oct 2011
That's a VI surely?[/pedant]
Darn! - not what the photo caption said. But now I look at the car (and double check via wikipedia you are indeed correct. Duly tweaked for you, sir...