Obituary: Hannu Mikkola

Hannu Mikkola, the 1983 world champion and one of Finland’s great rally names has died. Mikkola was born in May 1942 and started his career on home country rallies in a series of Volvo cars. He drove with a series of different manufacturers during the mid-1970s but it was at Ford that he made his name in the WRC. He piloted a Quattro to two WRC wins in both 1981 and 1982 before clinching the drivers’ world title the following season with four victories in a Group B Quattro A2. Mikkola achieved his final world rally win in Kenya in 1987, after which he moved to Mazda before departing the WRC on a full-time basis in 1991.

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