Ari Vatanen, Finland

Ari Vatanen, aged 42, is one of the living legends of rallying. His international break was in '76 British Rally Championship and first WRC win in Acropolis '80. He was the World Champion in 1981 with a David Sutton Ford. Almost fatal accident in Argentina '85 did not stop him and he moved succesfully to Rally Raids. He returned last year to WRC and he is still just as fast as any top driver. Ari is a very nice personality, openly religious and his trademark is a glass of milk instead of the winner's champagne. In 1995 he drove Rally Raids for Citroen. In 1666 he makes another return to the WRC as he drives at least some rallies for Ford.

Team / Car: Wilson Motorsport Ford Escort Cosworth

Co-driver: Fabrizia Pons, Italy.


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