Video: What Hannu Mikkola meant to the WRC

The WRC service park pays tribute to the late 1983 world champion

The world of rallying is in mourning this weekend. On Friday night, the sad news emerged that 1983 World Rally Champion Hannu Mikkola had passed away, aged 78.

It brought a grey cloud over the ongoing Arctic Rally Finland, with thoughts switching between the on-stage action and memories of Mikkola – widely regarded as one of the best of his generation.

The word legend gets thrown around a lot, but Mikkola’s success, prowess behind the wheel of particularly a Ford Escort and Audi Quattro, and the unparalleled longevity of his career means it’s most certainly a fitting description of the Finn.

DirtFish spoke to his former team-mate and now FIA safety delegate Michèle Mouton, seven-time world champion Sébastien Ogier, Hyundai team principal Andrea Adamo, former competitor and current M-Sport CEO Malcolm Wilson, 14-time WRC winner Mikko Hirvonen, and Toyota team principal and former driver Jari Matti Latvala – who shares a tally of 18 WRC victories with Mikkola – who all paid tribute and recalled their best Mikkola moments.