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Q&A: Hannu Mikkola - EXCLUSIVE.

by Rob Wilkins


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1983 FIA World Rally champion, Hannu Mikkola was one of the big 'names' at the Rallyday 2007 last Saturday. Crash.net Radio caught up with the Finn at Castle Combe to get his thoughts on that event and the current state of the sport...



Crash.net:
Hannu, what have you made of the Rallyday so far?

Hannu Mikkola:
It looks to be very nice event. There are lots of good cars and lots of people. It is fantastic to see people are still interested in old cars and in rally cars.

Crash.net:
Do you enjoy events like this?

HM:
Yeah I do like coming to things like this, I think in this country interest is very strong. In Great Britain people enjoy the history - and rallying much more than some other countries.

Crash.net:
What do you make of the WRC now?

HM:
It is a completely different sport now. It is not the same as when I was doing it. It is much shorter, it is done in daylight and I could say much more commercial. There is no night time driving or competing in fog or any of that kind of stuff. But the cars go very, very fast and there are some good drivers in it.

Crash.net:
Do you still follow the sport?

HM:
I do, my son is doing a little bit and through him I follow it. Sometimes I see some of the Finnish drivers too and talk to them. I am still a little bit involved.

Crash.net:
This year your son is competing in the BRC, is that the aim ultimately for him, to get into the WRC?

HM:
He is doing the BRC this year and they found him some backing and it is good for him to come out here and do some rallying. He was driving before in Finland and this year he isn't doing anything there. He is just competing in the UK.

Crash.net:
At the moment in the WRC, Marcus Gronholm and Sebastien Loeb are both engaged in a fierce fight for the title - who would you tip to win the crown?

HM:
Marcus has said that this will be his last year, so let's hope he will win.

Crash.net:
How much of a blow for the sport is it to lose Gronholm, because he is a big name and a big character?

HM:
Yes he is a big character and it has been mostly between Loeb and Marcus. Let's see if there is anybody that can challenge Loeb after that.

Crash.net:
Is Mikko Hirvonen ready to step up and lead the BP Ford WRT?

HM:
We will see. He has to do it and now we will see if he has got it.

Crash.net:
Colin McRae was tragically killed last weekend, is there anything you would like to say on that?

HM:


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