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Sainz and Mouton nominated to Rally Hall of Fame
This year two new inductions have again been made to the Rally Hall of Fame´s Gallery: Carlos Sainz and Michèle Mouton.
The Rally Hall of Fame, opened at the automobile and road traffic museum Mobilia in April 2010, has previously inducted six legendary rally drivers to its Gallery: in 2010 the honour went to Erik Carlsson (Sweden), Paddy Hopkirk (Great Britain), Rauno Aaltonen (Finland) and Timo Mäkinen (Finland). Last year two further rally legends were nominated: Walter Röhrl (Germany) and Hannu Mikkola (Finland).
This year´s nominations, Carlos Sainz and Michèle Mouton, will be honoured with a function in Mobilia Museum in Kangasala in May 2012. They will also be celebrated on the occasion of Neste Oil Rally Finland on August 2nd-4th, when Mobilia is going to be present at Jyväskylä Paviljonki Rally HQ with a Rally Hall of Fame theme.
Carlos Sainz became the first Spaniard to win the FIA World Rally Championship in 1990, a feat he repeated in 1992. He soon developed into a pace-setter in all conditions encountered in the world series and eventually collected a more comprehensive spectrum of WRC victories than anyone had managed before him. Sainz carried on his long career in off-road competitions and even conquered the Dakar Rally in 2010.
Michèle Mouton became the first female driver to win a round of the FIA World Rally Championship. She was recruited by Audi to join their works team for 1981, when the German manufacturer began to campaign its four-wheel-drive Quattro in rallies. In the autumn she won the San Remo Rally. The following season Mouton won three WRC rounds and fought hard for the championship title with Walter Röhrl, finishing second. After retiring from active competition she has stayed involved with the sport, first as a promoter and latterly in assignments from the FIA.
Rally knights with worldwide achievements
Rally Hall of Fame is an initiative of Finland´s Automobile Sport Federation and Mobilia, the country´s national speciality museum of the automobile and transport. Despite its Finnish origins, Rally Hall of Fame is projected as a global institution and will reflect worldwide achievement in the sport of rallying. Therefore, nominations to the Hall of Fame are made by an international Committee. Michèle Mouton is one of the five Committee members, but this time abstained from the decision-making process as soon as it became obvious she was strongly supported for induction.
The international committee will elect new members to the Rally Hall of Fame each year. The inductees are chosen from past rally drivers or persons who have otherwise played an active part in the rally world. The nominees will also be recognised in the Rally Hall of Fame exhibition with a special section that presents not only general information of the careers of the legendary drivers, but also their individual driving gear, vehicles and other memorabilia from the era of their careers.
Julkaistu: 12.3.2012 15:16