While no one—Gordon included—knows how long he'll continue racing, he still holds out hope of winning that elusive fifth championship before he hangs up his firesuit for good. If the last name was Unser, success was an almost foregone conclusion. Happy 90th birthday Motor Sport! That would be taking the analogy too far. Developed especially for competitive sport, the Scooby has gone in to be one of the most successful rally cars ever. Four-time World Rally Champion Tommi Mäkinen, a supremely talented and endlessly motivated Finnish driver, achieved much of his success for the Mitsubishi team, in total winning an astonishing 24 races. Our thanks to those who voted: Ove Andersson, Erik Carlsson John Davenport, Cesare Fiorio, Peter Foubister, Ame Hertz, Martin Holmes, Richard Hudson-Evans, Reinhard Klein, David Lapworth, Hannu Mikkola, Michèle Mouton, Gunnar Palm, Jimmy McRae, Maurizio Ravaglia, David Richards, Graham Robson, Mauri Salo Jean Todt, Stuart Turner.
A large part of the magazine will look back at the last 90 years of motor sport and we'd like your input. The ability to drive cars with very different layouts and still come up with the goods was very evidently a factor in Mikkola's standing with our panel. Because some readers were getting confused that we had utilized numbers -- even though that was strictly for categorizing, rather than any type of ranking -- we have removed the numbers. Could 2013 finally be Gordon's year? Mansell raced in the Grand Prix Masters series in 2005, and won the championship title. The Group A Lancia Delta was introduced after the Group B was banned.
Watch the video above for more about this breakout star. That's because the car usually came out on top during the last rallying decade. Jeff Gordon An underrated driver in our view, Jeff Gordon deserves inclusion on this list for both his wins and style. View in gallery Loeb began rallying in 1995, and in 2001 he became the Junior World Rally Champion. Is he everyone's favorite driver. He was fast, probably the fastest in field but he never knew how to slow down which cost him multiple race wins and championships but when he got it right, he was magic. Veteran Finnish journalist Mauri Salo commented that Tommi Makinen deserved our 'Greatest' title because his achievements have been won in the face of extremely stiff opposition.
And as to the events themselves, even contemporary fixtures bear little resemblance to one another, while if one tries to compare today's rallies with those of years gone by, the task is almost impossible. Vesa is more keen on ice hockey. One Twitter user broke down their Pokémon doppelgangers by hairstyle. And, as with any sport, fans of race cars love to discuss who is the greatest driver of all time. The Grenade driver by Bombtech is blowing minds as it is taking the field by storm. When a minute had passed without any sign of our sister car, he started to relax and, as the seconds ticked away,a beautiful smile broke out.
Legendary Finn, Tommi Makkinen piloted the team's works car and clinched the driver's title for a record four years in a row from 1996 to 1999. The series currently consists of 13 three-day events driven on surfaces that range from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. And, from 1987 until 2001, he held the record for most Grand Prix victories in history. Michael Schumacher The runner-up position goes to German race car driver Michael Schumacher. The most common reaction from the experts was also the most expected, namely the difficulty of the task. He was inducted to the International Motorsport Hall of Fame later that year. There is no doubt this club will be an all-time classic.
Subaru lmpreza Think Impreza and one will imagine a blue car usually flying low with yellow 555 livery on it. To build the Formula One Elo, we used the historical race results compiled at. Perhaps now is the moment to reveal the result of the voting. Almost everyone has heard of him, whether or not they hold any interest in the sport. He was the first non-Scandinavian to win the 1,000 Lakes in Finland something he achieved with a broken ankle! I think the Escort was the nicest It suited my driving style and was such fun. Audi Sport Quattro S1 When Audi created Quattro their version of the all-wheel drive system , it created a new category of rally cars that not just put out insane power but could also put it down to better use thanks to four powered wheels instead of two.
Just as outstanding is the fact that Jarrett made 352 starts in his Cup career and earned top-10 finishes in more than two-thirds of those races 239 total. The five-cylinder engine could produce much more but was restricted due to the Group B regulations. Although Allison recovered, tragedy struck him and his family twice in the next five years, as youngest son Clifford was killed in a crash at Michigan International Speedway in 1992 while practicing for a then-Busch Series race, followed by the death of son Davy in a helicopter crash less than a year later. Peugeot 205 T16 Another star that emerged thanks to the Group B class in the 1980s was the Peugeot 205 T16 Turbocharged and 16 valves. Sadly, his name is forever linked with a fatal accident that precipitated the demise of Group B rallying.
Golf is unique in that it is a sport known as much for its greatest pieces of equipment as for those men and women who have broken records and won majors yielding them. And as if all that didn't keep him busy enough, he won five races all at the long-shuttered road course at Riverside and had 10 overall top-10 finishes in just 16 total Sprint Cup races. The comments that came from photographers were also interesting, giving a visual rating of the driver's appeal. A seven-time Formula One World Champion, Michael Schumacher is regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in history, and the most successful of the modern era. This made it a treat to watch every single rally. One comes to the conclusion on looking back over the votes that actually this has been quite a valuable exercise. A similar thought was in the mind of David Richards, now Prodrive supremo but co-driver to Ari Vatanen back in 1981 when they clinched a World Championship in the face of the threat from Mikkola's first season in the Audi Quattro.
Also, if you'd like your name to appear in the magazine, do leave a comment in the comments section below outlining why you have chosen what you have. Even though he never won an F1 title, Gurney competed for 12 seasons on the F1 circuit, won four races and had 19 overall podium finishes in 86 career starts. He was rated in the top 5 Formula One drivers of all time by longtime Formula One commentator Murray Walker. Jimmy McRae considered that Stig Blomqvist was better even on tarmac with the Audi Quattro, but Röhrl's four Monte Carlo victories over five years in, respectively, Fiat Abarth 131, Opel Ascona 400, Lancia Rallye 037 and Audi Quattro show an amazing talent. Data for qualifying races was also pulled from chicanef1. That's the case of Michael Andretti, who proved to be a definite chip off the old block when it came to IndyCar success like father Mario Andretti.