Pentti Airikkala

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Pentti Airikkala (born September 4, 1945 in Helsinki , † September 30, 2009 in Bray , Berkshire , Great Britain ) was a Finnish rally driver .


Airikkala contested his first rally in 1965 and took part in a total of 36 races for the World Rally Championship (WRC) between 1973 and 1990 . In 2003 he started for the last time in the World Rally Championship as part of a comeback on a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 at the Rally Great Britain . He won the same rally in 1989 (at that time still known as the RAC rally ) with a Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 , which marked the most important success of his motorsport career. He also won the Finnish rally championship in 1974 in various Group 1 cars and the British rally championship in 1979 with a Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HS .

After finishing his active career, the Finn, who lives in England, founded a school for rally and racing drivers called Left Foot Braking in the county of Oxfordshire . Its most famous graduates are Colin McRae , Richard Burns , Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala were.

Airikkala died of complications from cancer in 2009 at the age of 64.

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