Teamed with his usual co-driver, Ilkka Kivimäki, Alén scored the fifth of his six 1000 Lakes triumphs in 1987 with this Group A Lancia Delta HF 4WD.
Markku Alén is the person-ification of his favorite rallying expression: maximum attack. Words he lived by throughout his illustrious career, firmly establishing himself as one of the world’s greatest rally drivers.
Markku was World Champion in 1978, the last year of the FIA Cup, and ruled the rally world again in 1986, but only for a lousy 10 days. The title was taken away from him by FISA, the sport’s world governing body, after a disgraceful display of jingoism, confusion and rancor by the Italians during the year’s San Remo Rally. He won 19 World Championship rallies, including a staggering six victories in the rollercoaster 1000 Lakes, Finland’s world title counter.
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