The Finnish hero of rallying
November 7, 2018
(CNN)Tommi Mäkinen has come a long way since becoming Finland’s national ploughing champion at the age of 18.
He transferred his tractor skills — learned on his father’s farm in Puuppola — to the world of rally, swiftly becoming a force to be reckoned with. His racing career yielded four consecutive world championship titles between 1996 and 1999, and a total of 24 race wins on the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) circuit, including five in Finland and four in Monte Carlo.
By the time Mäkinen retired in 2003, he had cemented his legendary status in the sport. But that was not enough. In 2016, he returned to the sport as principal of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
(TGR) rally team.
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