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Friday 10 March 2000
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MAKINEN RECEIVES FINNISH SEAL OF APPROVAL

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Four times World Rally Champion, Tommi Makinen's stamps are produced.
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Four times World Rally Champion Tommi Makinen has been honoured in his native Finland with his own postage stamp. The set of two stamps show Tommi hard at work behind the wheel of his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and in action on a stage from Rally Finland 1999.

At the launch of the stamps in Helsinki 35 year old Tommi Makinen said: "I am very proud to be a Finnish sportsman with my own stamp. I think this is a very unique honour for Mitsubishi and myself".

2.5 million stamps are being produced in total with a limited edition run of first day covers. The stamps have been designed by Ms Susanna Rumpu and Mr Ari Lakaniemi using photography supplied by DPPI (France) and Finnish motorsport photographer Antti Puskala. The first day covers are already collectors’ items with fans queuing up outside main post offices to buy them.

The Finn is the only driver in history to have won four drivers’ titles in a row in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. Makinen currently leads the 2000 FIA World Rally Championship after three rounds.

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