Rally – Champions
International Automobile Federation is the governing body for organising Rally championships all over the world. However, every country has its own governing body to govern the rules of the sport. The list of some important championships of rally are as follows −
- World Rally Championship
- British Rally Championships
- Australian Rally Championships
- European rally championships
- Asia Pacific Rally Championships
- Canadian Rally Championships
Let us now discuss briefly about some of the champions of this sport and their careers.
Juha Kankkunen is from Finland and was born on 2nd April 1959. He has participated in total of 162 rallies out of which he has won 23 rallies and 75 podiums. In addition to that, he has made 700 stage wins and gathered 1140 points.
His first rally win was in the year 1985 in Safari rally. Besides these, he has won Driver’s World Championships. In 1986, he partnered with Peugeot and became the world’s youngest champion.
Miki Biasion is an Italian and was born on 7th January 1958. He has participated in total of 78 rallies out of which he has won 17 rallies and 40 podiums. In addition to that, he has made 373 stage wins and gathered 768 points. His first rally win was in the year 1986 in Argentina rally.
In 1983, he has won Italian and European Rally Championships. In mid-9180s, he was a part of Lancia World Rally Championship team because of his performances in previous championships.
Carlos Sainz is a rally car racer from Spain and was born on 12th April 1961. He has participated in 196 rallies out of which he has won 26 rallies and 97 podiums. In addition to that, he has made 757 stage wins and gathered 1242 points.
His first rally win was in the year 1990 in Acropolis rally. In 1990 and 1992, he has won World Rally Championship drivers’ title. In 1990, 1997, and 2010, he won Asia-Pacific Rally, Race of Champions, and Dakar Rally competitions respectively.
Louise Aitken-walker was born in Duns in the year 1960. She made her debut into this sport in the year 1979. In the year 1981, she finished her first Rally GB race at 19th position.
In the year 1990, she became ladies World Champion and in the same year, she won Segrave trophy due to her successful 14-year career. In the year 2002, she had been inducted into Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.
Burcu Cetinkaya is a rally racer from Turkey and was born on 19th March 1981. She made her debut into this sport in the year 2006 and is continuing till now.
Her first rally win was Turkish rally in the year 2006. She had also won Istanbul Ladies Rally Championship.
Apart from these, she is a good player in snowboarding. Burcu has earned gold medal in 2003 Turkish Women Snowboarding Championship.