Hannu Mikkola, was born in Joensuu (Finland) on May 24, 1942, died of cancer last night at the age of 78.
Considered as one of the best rally drivers, Hannu Mikkola lived up to the adjective inherent to his nationality as a 'Finnish flying' driver, having won the Port Wine Rally in 1979. The following year, 1980, Hannu Mikkola navigated by Arne Hertz , took part in the Algarve Rally as a zero car at the debut of the new Audi Quattro, a bolide with which he would become World Champion.
With a career spanning 31 years, Hannu Mikkola won 654 special classification events in the 277 WRC rallies in which he participated. He climbed to the top step of the podium in 18 rally events at the World Rally Championship, became the World Drivers' Champion in 1983, with the Audi Quattro, but he also excelled at crewing other machines such as the Ford Escort MK1, MK2, before the Peugeot 504 , the Mercedes 450 SLC and the Toyota Celica.
The last times he was seen to do what he knew best was as a zero car in 2017 at the Lake Superior Performance Rally, crewing a Ford Escort RS 1800 MKII, a car with which he had previously been present at the Eifel Rallye Festival, according to Autosport. in his publication on the death of the Finnish pilot. In Portugal, the last time Hannu Mikkola was here, it was at Motorshow Porto 2017. To family and friends, diariOnline South Region addresses heartfelt condolences.