MITSUBISHI MOTORS/Team & Driver

Tommi MAKINEN

Born : 1964 in Puupola, Finland
Lives in Finland
First rally : 1985

Tommi Makinen started competing on farm tractors, winning the Finnish national ploughing title in 1982 and 1985. His first rally was in 1985, and he tackled his first World Rally Championship event only two years later, when he entered the 1000 Lakes Rally. By 1989, he was winning European Championship rallies.

His career was transformed in 1990, when he teamed up with a vastly experienced co-driver - Seppo Harjanne, winner of the 1985 World Rally Championship with Timo Salonen - to drive a Group N Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 in five World Rally Championship events. They finished twice in the top ten places overall and won Group N three times. In 1994, he joined the official Ford team for two events - the Mantta Rally and the 1000 Lakes - and won them both. Then he made his debut for Team Mitsubishi Ralliart in 1995.

Because of his incredible performance and potential Mitsubishi again retained the services of the ÒFlying FinnÓ to lead the team in the 1996 World Rally Championship season with the Lancer Evolution III. Makinen surprised the rally world with his spectacular performance and speed winning 5 out of 9 rounds of the World Rally Championship. He stormed his way to the top, taking the prestgious FIA World Rally Championship DriverÕs title in 1996. With the introduction of the new restyled Lancer Evolution IV in 1997, Makinen will surely repeat his sensational performace of 1996.

Results :

1986Finnish Junior Championship
1987Finnish Championship
19881st Group N,Finnish Championship
19891st overall, Arctic Rally (European Championship)
1st overall Conca d'Oro Rally (Italian Championship)
19906th overall & 1st Group N New Zealand Rally (Mitsubishi Galant VR-4)
11th overall & 1st Group N 1000 Lakes Rally (Mitsubishi Galant VR-4)
7th overall & 1st Group N Rally Australia (Mitsubishi Galant VR-4)
19915th overall 1000 Lakes Rally
19929th overall Monte Carlo Rally
8th overall RAC Rally
19934th overall Swedish Rally
6th overall Acropolis Rally
4th overall 1000 Lakes Rally
19941st overall 1000 Lakes Rally
19954th overall Monte Carlo Rally
2nd overall Swedish Rally
8th overall Corsica Rally
3rd overall Rally of Indonesia
2nd overall Rally of Malaysia
1st overall 1000 Lakes Rally
4th overall Rally Australia
1st overall Thailand Rally
19961st overall Swedish Rally
1st overall Safari Rally
2nd overall Acropolis Rally
1st overall Argentina Rally
1st overall 1000 Lakes Rally
1st overall Rally Australia
5th overall Catalunya Rally
1996 FIA World Rally Champion
19973rd overall Monte Carlo Rally
3rd overall Swedish Rally
1st overall Portugal Rally
1st overall Catalunya Rally
1st overall Rally Argentina
3rd overall Acropolis Rally
1st overall Rally Finland
3rd overall Rallye Sanremo
2nd overall Rally Australia
6th overall RAC Rally
1997 FIA World Rally Champion



Seppo HARJANNE (co-driver)

Born : 1948 in Helsinki, Finland
Lives in Finland
First WRC win : 1980 (New Zealand with Timo Salonen)

Seppo Harjanne is enjoying his "second"! career at the top in international rallying. The laid back Finnish co-driver first rose to fame with Timo Salonen, with whom he scored most of his victories, included the 1985 World Rally Championship.

However, at the beginning of the Nineties, as Salonen entered the twilight of his career, Harjanne started again, this time nurturing the talent of rising young star, Tommi Makinen. Taking a step back to sit along Makinen in a Group N car, Harjanne provided the youngster with the benefit of his many years of experience , culminating in a first WRC victory for the Finnish pair on home soil in 1994. Harjanne moved with Makinen when they joined Team Mitsubishi Ralliart for the 1995 season.

After taking victory on the first round of the 1996 World rally Championship in Sweden, Harjanne looks set to lift his second World crown in over a decade, this time in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III.

The 1996 World Rally Championship marked HarjanneÕs 2nd WRC title with Tommi Makinen in the Lancer Evolution III. The paring of Harjanne and the young talented Finn proved to be a potential combination. The vastly experienced Harjanne provided precious advice to the talented Finn. With the introduction of the Lancer Evolution IV for the 1997 World Rally Championship, this dynamic duo may once again prove that the previous season was certainly not a fluke! With 14 rounds on this yearÕs calendar, Harjanne is prepared to give his young teammate plently of advice.

Results :

19801st overall New Zealand Rally
19811st overall Ivory Coast Rally
19851st overall Portugal Rally
1st overall Acropolis rally
1st overall New Zealand Rally
1st overall Rally Argentina
1st overall 1000 Lakes Rally
1985 FIA World Rally Champion Co-driver
19861st overall 1000 Lakes Rally
1st overall RAC Rally
6th overall & 1st Group N New Zealand Rally (Mitsubishi Galant VR-4)
7th overall & 1st Group N Rally Australia (Mitsubishi Galant VR-4)
19871st overall Swedish Rally
19941st overall 1000 Lakes Rally
8th overall RAC Rally
19954th overall Monte Carlo Rally
2nd overall Swedish Rally
8th overall Corsica Rally
3rd overall Rally of Indonesia
2nd overall Rally of Malaysia
1st overall 1000 Lakes Rally
4th overall Rally Australia
1st overall Thailand Rally
19961st overall Swedish Rally
1st overall Safari Rally
2nd overall Acropolis Rally
1st overall Argentina Rally
1st overall 1000 Lakes Rally
1st overall Rally Australia
5th overall Catalunya Rally
1996 FIA World Rally Champion Co-driver
19973rd overall Monte Carlo Rally
3rd overall Swedish Rally
1st overall Portugal Rally
1st overall Catalunya Rally
1st overall Rally Argentina
3rd overall Acropolis Rally
1st overall Rally Finland
3rd overall Rallye Sanremo
2nd overall Rally Australia
6th overall RAC Rally
1997 FIA World Rally Champion Co-driver


Richard BURNS

Born: January 17, 1971
Place of Birth: Reading, Berkshire, England
Lives: Gloucestershire, England
Hobbies: Fitness training, Mountain bikes, motor cycling Jetskiing
First rally : 1988

In his first full year of rallying in 1990, Richard Burns won the prestigious British Peugeot GTI Cup, and from that point on the red-haired youngster went on to win every national title Britain had to offer.

Just three years later, at the age of 22, he won the British International Championship while driving for Subaru, becoming the youngest driver ever to do so, and was quickly promoted to the Asia-Pacific and World Rally Championships with the team.

Richard cites his third overall on the 1995 RAC Rally, his home round of the World Rally Championship, as his best result so far.

Burns joins Team Mitsubishi Ralliart for 1996 to contest the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III.

Results :

1990 Peugeot GTI Cup Champion
28th overall RAC Rally
1991 Peugeot GTI Rally Champion
16th overall RAC Rally
1992 Mintex National Rally Champion
1993 British Open Rally Champion
1st overall Vauxhall Rally of Wales
1st overall Pirelli International
1st overall Scottish International
1st overall Manx International
7th overall RAC Rally
2nd overall Rally of Thailand
1994 3rd Asia-Pacific Rally Championship
2nd overall Rally of Malaysia
2nd overall Hong Kong-Beijing Rally
2nd overall Rally of Thailand
5th overall Rally Australia
5th overall Safari Rally
1995 9th World Rally Championship
7th overall Portugal Rally
3rd overall Hong Kong-Beijing Rally
3rd overall RAC Rally
3rd overall Thailand Rally
1996 2nd overall Rally of Malaysia
4th overall Rally Argentina
1st overall Rally New Zealand
5th overall Rally Australia
2nd overall Hong Kong-beijing Rally
19972nd overall Safari Rally
4th overall Acropolis Rally
4th overall Rally New Zealand
4th overall Rally of Indonesia
4th overall Rally Australia
4th overall RAC Rally



Robert REID(co-driver)

Born : 17 February 1966
Place of Birth:in Perth, Scotland
Lives:Lives : Oxon (England)
Hobbies:snowboarding, motorbikes and jet-skiing
Participated in first rally race in 1986

After winning the British Open Championship Rally at Richard Burn's side - the first time in which the team ever participated - the world of rallying was convinced that Robert Reid was a professionnal in both speed and talent. Their heroic acts certainly surprised the competitive world, but the young temmates already knew themselves that they formed and exceptional driving team capable of taking rallying to a new height.

Robert first became interested in rallying at the age of 17, while studying agriculture in Edinbourg. He started winning in 1988 when he took home with him the Group A victory in the Scottish Championship and received the Hugh McNeil Trophy, recognising Reid as being one of the most promising Scottish co-drivers in the field. He then received the "International Rally Drivers Award" appointing him the best rookie on the international rally circuit.

Talented co-driver Robert Reid then teamed up with Richard Burns in 1991. Robert has ever since shared Richard's enthousiasm for the sport which has only benefited the duo. The control that they possess during each race in which they participate is the only proof that the rallying world needs to know that the only road they are on is the road to success.

Results :

1991 Victory in Peugeot GTi Rally championship
16th overall RAC Rally
1992 Victory in Mintex National Rally championship
1993 Victory in British Rally championship
1st overall Vauxhall Rally
1st overall International Pirelli Rally
1st overall Scotland Rally
1st overall International Manx Rally
7th overall RAC Rally
1994 3rd Asia-Pacific Rally Championship
2nd overall Rally of Malaysia
2nd overall Hong Kong-Beijing Rally
2nd overall Rally of Thailand
5th overall Rally Australia
5th overall Safari Rally
1995 9th World Rally Championship
7th overall Portugal Rally
3rd overall Hong Kong-Beijing Rally
3rd overall RAC Rally
3rd overall Thailand Rally
1996 2nd overall Rally of Malaysia
4th overall Rally Argentina
1st overall Rally New Zealand
5th overall Rally Australia
2nd overall Hong Kong-beijing Rally
19972nd overall Safari Rally
4th overall Acropolis Rally
4th overall Rally New Zealand
4th overall Rally of Indonesia
4th overall Rally Australia
4th overall RAC Rally


Uwe NITTEL

Single Date of birth : 29th May 1969 in Michelbach (Germany)

Career highlights :

1989First rally events (67 events, 19 wins in his category)
Driving-school with Harald Demuth, named as "Top Driver"
1990 6th overall in the German National Rally Trophy
19911st overall ADAC Rally Junior Cup (National)
1992 6th overall in the German National Rally Trophy
International German Championship
4 wins in his category
19939th overall in the International German Championship
3rd in the Group N category
19946th overall in the International German Championship
3rd in the Group N category
1995 18th overall Monte Carlo Rally
8th Gr N-20th overall Portugal Rally
8th Gr N 15th overall Catalunya Rally
3rd Gr N -16th overall RAC Rally 5th Gr N
1996 World Rally Champion with Ralliart Germany on Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III - Gr N
16th overall Swedish Rally 3rd Gr N
14th overall Acropolis Rally 1st Gr N
10th overall Rally Argentina 1st Gr N
19975th overall Monte Carlo Rally
6th overall Acropolis Rally
7th overall Rally Finland


Tina THORNER (co-driver)

Single Date of birth : 24th February 1966 in Saffle (Sweden)

Career highlights :

1986 3rd overall and 1st class West Euro Cup
19875th overall and 1st class German Championship
1988 7th overall and 2nd class German Championship
19893rd overall Swedish Rally
199011th overall Monte Carlo Rally
International German Championship
12th overall New Zealand Rally
11th overall Rally Australia
15th overall Sanremo Rally
18th overall RAC Rally
199110th overall RAC Rally
19925th overall Swedish Rally
1993Winner of the European FIA Ladies Championship
1994Winner of WRC Ladies Cup - Vice-champion of WRC - Group N
1995Winner of WRC Ladies Cup-3rd Group N World Rally Championship
1996 16th overall Swedish Rally -3rd Gr N
14th overall Acropolis Rally - 1st Gr N
10th overall Rally Argentina - 1st Gr N
19975th overall Monte Carlo Rally
6th overall Acropolis Rally
7th overall Rally Finland




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