ARI VATANEN

A true master of terrain, Ari has taken on tarmac, sand, dirt and ice to emerge as an icon of the motorsport world.

Ari started out in the world of motorsports with rally driving in 1970, making his first appearance in the World Rally Championship in 1974. Between 1980 – 1985 he secured 10 victories in the World Rally Championship series.

He suffered life-threatening injuries during the Rally Argentina when his car somersaulted at over 120mph. He had to take an 18 month break from the sport but was determined not to give up. In 1987 he returned to the sport in a blaze of glory, competing in the Dakar Rally, taking 1st place 4 times in 5 years, and going to win the Pikes Pike International Hillclimb. Over the course of his illustrious career he has raced for Ford, Opel, Peugeot, Subaru, BMW, Mitsubishi and Citroen.

Known as one of ‘The Flying Finns’ Ari will guide Idris through the course of this record attempt, tutoring him in how to get his motor down a straight line at top speeds to achieve a new world record.

Fact File

Name Ari Vatanen
Date of Birth April 27, 1952
Place of Birth Tuupovaara, Finland
Skill Rally Driving
Honours 1981 World Rally Champion, four-time Paris-Dakar Rally winner
Rallies 101
Stage Wins 527
Last Rally 2003 Rally of Finland