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Kaj Lindstrom has been rallying for more than two decades, but it was partnering another Finn, Tapio Laukkanen, to the British Championship title in 1999 that showed he had the maturity and experience to make it to the top.
Lindstrom’s partnership with Laukkanen continued through 2001, however his biggest break came on the 2001 Rally GB when he was asked by Tommi Makinen to deputise for his injured co-driver Risto Mannisenmäki. The partnership worked well, and Kaj contested the entire 2002 and 2003 season alongside Makinen at the Subaru World Rally Team.
Following Makinen's retirement at the end of that year, Lindstrom's WRC experience kept him in demand as co-driver to a number of different privateers. He maintained his link with Makinen, too, and when F1 star Kimi Raikkonen started rallying in 2009, Makinen put the two drivers together. The partnership worked out, and Lindstrom read notes throughout Raikkonen’s two high profile seasons with Citroen.
A mixed Finnish championship and IRC programme alongside Mikko Pajunen followed in 2012, before Lindstrom hooked up with Finnish championship stalwart Jari Ketomaa for a WRC2 season in a Ford Fiesta R5. The pair are back this year as part of the DMACK-backed team