Friday | 08 Aug 2014

Grönholm tops Finland poll

Double world champion Marcus Grönholm has been crowned the most popular Flying Finn by readers.

In the run-up to Neste Oil Rally Finland we put forward six Finns who have made their mark in the FIA World Rally Championship and asked you to vote for your favourite.

And the colourful Grönholm, who won the drivers’ title in 2000 and 2002, topped our poll, with almost one in three of you voting for him.

The results were:

Position DriverPer cent vote
1.Marcus Grönholm32%
2.Tommi Mäkinen22%
3.Juha Kankkunen19%
4.Mikko Hirvonen13%
5.Markku Alen9%
6.Hannu Mikkola6%

Grönholm claimed 30 WRC victories from 152 starts, placing him second in the all-time list.

Malcolm Wilson was Grönholm’s boss as the Finn led Ford to back-to-back manufacturers’ world titles in 2006 and 2007.

“Marcus has to have been one of the most committed drivers I have ever worked with. He was exceptionally quick, but his biggest asset was his ‘never-give-up’ attitude. He could have a mishap, but you knew he would be fully committed into the next stage, no matter what,” said Wilson.

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