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Pentti Airikkala
Pentti was not the most famous of the Flying Finns but those who have heard him - or of him - do not forget that. Opinionated and outspoken character, Pentti was great proponent of left-foot braking and scandinavian flick, technique he viewed as the only correct one. He has lived in Great Britain for years where he had a rally driving school of his own.

Before expatriating from his native Finland, Airikkala had won 1974 national championship in Group 1. That he won partly with works Vauxhall, the marque with which he was also competing in British national championship and which made his name in international circles. Sadly, Vauxhall never was a winner's car and in later years Airikkala had occasional drivers for various makes with varying success.

If one looks at Pentti's WRC career, it is interesting to note that he has rallied with numerous famous co-drivers like Juha Piironen, John Davenport, Rodger Freeth, Mike Greasley, Seppo Harjanne, Mike Nicholson, Chris Porter and Phil Short. Even more so if non-WRC starts are included.

WRC starts:37
first: Finland 1973
latest: Great Britain 2003
Resultswins:1 (2.7% of starts)
second places: 1 
third places: 4  
total podiums: 6 (16.2% of starts)
points finishes: 10  
total points scored: 102  (drivers' championship points)
DNF's: 20 (54.1% of starts)
Stage wins: 147 
First WRC event: 1973 Finland
First DNF: 1973 Finland
First scored point: 1979 Sweden (3rd)
First stage win: 1974 Great Britain
First time led rally: 1976 Great Britain (SS11)
First podium: 1976 Finland
First win: 1989 Great Britain
Career summary
  Team  StartsWinsPodiumsDNF'sPointsRank
 1973  Private1 0 0 1 N/A N/A 
 1974  Private2 0 0 1 N/A N/A 
 1975  Private2 0 0 1 N/A N/A 
 1976  Private2 0 1 1 N/A N/A 
 1977  Private3 0 0 2 N/A N/A 
 1978  Private3 0 1 2 N/A N/A 
 1979  Private4 0 1 2 16 15th 
 1980  Private4 0 0 3 6 36th 
 1981  Private3 0 1 0 30 9th 
 1982  Mitsubishi2 0 1 1 12 20th 
 1983  Lancia1 0 0 0 8 23rd 
 1984  Nissan1 0 0 1 0  -   
 1985  Private1 0 0 1 0  -   
 1986  Private1 0 0 0 0  -   
 1987  Private1 0 0 1 0  -   
 1988  Private1 0 0 0 10 36th 
 1989  Mitsubishi1 1 1 0 20 14th 
 1990  Ford,
3 0 0 2 0  -   
 2003  Private1 0 0 1 0  -   
Pentti Airikkala
Pentti Airikkala
Nationality: Finland
Birthday: 04-Sep-1945
Died: 30-Sep-2009

Pentti Airikkala
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Airikkala gained most of his fame with Vauxhalls but his sole win came in the twilight years at 1989 RAC Rally with Mitsubishi Galant VR-4. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Pentti's funerals
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Some of the cars Pentti drove during his career, photographer at his funerals. Vauxhall Chevette, Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 and Mitsubishi Starion (l to r). Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
(Photo: Colin D. Raine)