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Petter just gets better
MARITAL STATUS: Married, with one son
LIVES: Spydeberg, Norway
CO-DRIVER: Phil Mills
THE STATS (to end of 2003)
WORLD RALLY TITLES: 2003
WORLD RALLY WINS: Five
WORLD RALLY POINTS: 128
WRC DEBUT: Sweden 1998
FIRST WRC WIN: Rally GB 2002
2003: World Rally Champion
2002: Second in WRC, scoring first win on Rally GB
2001: Second in Greece, finishing 10th in WRC points
2000: Fourth in New Zealand, 10th in WRC standings
1999: Ninth on Rally GB
1998: 14th in Sweden on WRC debut
Young man in a hurry
Mikko is just a regular guy. He likes listening to Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and Offspring in his spare time – although he admits he doesn't have too much of that these days! He has a dog called Piku. He likes to eat out with his friends, or spend time in the sauna. He's also a trained mechanic and likes to tinker with old cars. A regular guy - except he drives World Rally Cars for a living… very quickly.
Mikko hails from the same management company that had Tommi Makinen on its books – and still runs a host of other Finnish drivers – so he's in good company. He only started rallying in 1998, so he has a lot to learn. His performance on the 2003 Monte Carlo Rally was an impressive debut – until he rolled. Spent most of 2003 under orders to finish rallies and learn. He did just that, and is now ready to reap his rewards.
Made the step up into the big league for 2004, when he was chosen to replace the unwell Richard Burns in the Subaru line-up. He's still inexperienced, but he's done enough now to show what he can really do. He will make mistakes, but we reckon he will also show real speed and talent.
Mikko began rallying in an Opel Kadett in 1998. In 2000 he entered the first ever Junior Finnish Championship in an Opel Astra and finished a creditable sixth. The following year Mikko set his sights on the 2001 Finnish Championship. He led the championship until the last day of the last round when he hit a rock, relegating him to second. In 2002 he again contested the Finnish Championship, claiming the Formula 2 title in a Golf Kit Car, and boosted his experience with appearances in Italy, France on the WRC, before signing up for a full WRC programme in 2003 with a works-run Ford Focus RS WRC02.
(to end of 2003)
WORLD RALLY POINTS:
FIRST WRC WIN: