Better of the perfect: Autocar’s prime 10 rally drivers

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Tommi Makinen – Wins: 24 World titles: 4

From 1996 till 1999 there was no stopping Tommi Makinen as he steamrollered his option to 4 world titles on the trot in an array of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions. Like Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, the UK-based Ralliart workforce that developed and ready his vehicles was constructed across the Finn with the identical single-minded pursuit of all-out dominance.

His fairly digital method on the controls was at odds with virtuoso aptitude of McRae, however the scintillating pace was simple. After all Tommi was fast in Finland, profitable his dwelling occasion 4 instances, however in contrast to lots of his countrymen he was additionally quick on Tarmac, taking 4 Monte Carlo wins in addition to victories on the blended floor Sanremo.

Like Loeb, nevertheless, Makinen’s declare to all-time greatness is hampered by the truth that a lot of his success got here with one producer, with 22 of his 24 wins secured in Mitsubishis. That stated, with rivals that included McRae, Sainz, Burns, Auriol and Kankkunen, none of these victories got here straightforward.



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