Team Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart




Birth : June 26, 1964 / Puuppola (Finland)
Lives: Monte-Carlo (Monaco)

Tommi MAKINEN Tommi Makinen is a phenomenon, the most successful rally driver in history. One of only two drivers to be World Rally Champion four times, he is the only driver to have won the title four years running, all of them with Mitsubishi.

Yet he started competing on something much slower than a Lancer Evolution, on a farm tractor. He won the Finnish national ploughing title in 1982 and 1985. His first rally was in 1985, and he tackled his first World Championship event only two years later, when he started the 1000 Lakes Rally.

By 1989, he was winning European Championship rallies. His career was transformed in 1990, when he teamed up with a vastly experienced co-driver, Seppo Harjanne - winner of the 1985 World Championship with Timo Salonen - to drive a Group N Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 in five World Championship rallies. They finished twice in the top ten places overall and won Group N three times. In 1994, he joined the Ford team for two events - the Mantta Rally and the 1000 Lakes - and won them both.

Then he made his debut for Team Mitsubishi Ralliart in 1995 and started his remarkable winning streak. He has won almost every rally worth winning and has proved equally successful on Nordic rallies, such as his home event in Finland and the Swedish, on asphalt in Sanremo or Catalunya, or long-distance events such as the Safari.

Career highlights
1999 . FIA World Rally Champion
1st overall Rallye Monte Carlo
1st overall International Swedish Rally
5th overall Rally Portugal
3rd overall Rallye Catalunya
6th overall Tour de Corse
4th overall Rally Argentina
3rd overall Acropolis Rally
1st overall Rally New Zealand
1st overall Rally Sanremo
3rd overall Rally Australia


1998 FIA World Rally Champion
1st overall Swedish Rally
3rd overall Rally Catalunya
1st overall Rally Argentina
3rd overall Rally New Zealand
1st overall Rally Finland
1st overall Rally Sanremo
1st overall Rally Australia


1997 FIA World Rally Champion
3rd overall Monte Carlo Rally
3rd overall Swedish Rally
1st overall Rally of Portugal
1st overall Rally Catalunya
1st overall Rally Argentina
3rd overall Acropolis Rally
1st overall Finland Rally
3rd overall Rally San Remo20
2nd overall Rally Australia
6th overall RAC Rally


1996 FIA World Rally Champion
1st overall Swedish Rally
1st overall Safari Rally
2nd overall Acropolis Rally
1st overall Rally Argentina
1st overall 1000 Lakes Rally
1st overall Rally Australia
World Rally Champion 1996


1995 4th overall Monte Carlo Rally
2nd overall Swedish Rally
8th overall Corsica Rally
3rd overall Rally of Indonesia
2nd overall Rally of Malaysia
1st overall 1000 Lakes Rally
4th overall Rally Australia
1st overall Rally of Thailand


1994 1st Formula 2, Scottish Rally (European Championship)
1st Formula 2, Ulster Rally (British Championship)
1st overall, 1000 Lakes Rally


1993 4th overall, Swedish Rally
6th overall, Acropolis Rally
4th overall, 1000 Lakes Rally


1992 9th overall, Monte Carlo Rally
8th overall, RAC Rally


1991 5th overall, 1000 Lakes Rally


1990 6th overall & 1st Group N, New Zealand Rally (Mitsubishi Galant VR-4)
11th overall & 1st Group N, 1000 Lakes Rally (Mitsubishi Galant VR-4)
7th overall & 1st Group N, Rally Australia (Mitsubishi Galant VR-4)


1989 1st overall, Arctic Rally (European Championship)
1st overall, Conca d'Oro Rally (Italian Championship)


1988 1st Group N, Finnish Championship


1987 Finnish Championship


1986 Finnish Junior Championship


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