Four-times World Rally Champion and all-round Finnish legend Juha Kankkunen knew a thing or two about chucking a car sideways into a corner. He is also the only driver to successfully wear a moustache in rallying. The WRC Neste Oil Rally Finland has a stage that passes by his street, and he has a road named after him too. What he is also very well known for is having a garage of cars that make grown men (and some women) drool…
Here’s Juha doing what makes him so special to the world of rallying…
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Video of Juha Kankkunen testing prior to Rally Finland in the Stobart team’s Ford Focus RS WRC 08.
The 51-year-old Finn tested the car for a day in central Finland, covering around 56km, before he tackles his first World Rally Championship event in eight years.
Speaking ahead of Rally Finland, Kankkunen said: “It’s going to be great to drive again and I’m very excited to attend the jubilee event as a part of the Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team. It is also a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a World Rally Car, especially after knowing they’ll disappear from the series after this season. I haven’t spent much time in the latest generation cars and I know there’s been a lot of changes, but I don’t foresee any undue surprises. Continue reading Juha Kankkunen in a pre-Rally Finland test (with VIDEO)→
Courtesy of ASM Motorsport, a motorsport company based in Barcelona, Spain, maintain, prepare, build event servicing and logistics and even hire out their rally cars for events as varied as the Rally Lahti Finland, the Dakar Rally, the EVO Challenge in the UK and the Arctic Rally in the Lapland. This company prepared and serviced the Ford Escort Mk2 piloted by Juha Kankkunen on the recent Historic Rally Portugal. This is their story from the event, with compliments to readers of HANDBRAKES & HAIRPINS. Continue reading Kankkunen flies to easy victory→
Rally legend Juha Kankkunen has admitted that he is in discussions to drive a Ford Focus RS WRC on next month’s Neste Oil Rally Finland. He last competed in a modern World Rally Car on the 2002 Rally Great Britain, where he finished ninth in a Hyundai Accent WRC. Continue reading Juha Kankkunen returns to rallying→