Tommi Makinen goes for Rally Japan Zero

Tommi Makinen goes for Rally Japan ZeroFrom Rally Japan Media [ 23/08/2004 ].
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Four times world rally champion and living legend of the sport, Tommi Makinen is to drive a course safety car during the inaugural World Rally Championship round in Japan. The idea to invite the famous driver to drive the 'Zero' car was there from the beginning of the year. However, the FIA regulations prohibit any Priority 2 or seeded 'A' driver from driving course cars. A waiver from the FIA was recently granted after agreement from all Manufacturer Teams was received.

Makinen's coming is no doubt great news for Japan, where thousands of his fans have admired his talent for all the years he drove for two Japanese manufacturers entered in the World Rally Championship. Even today you can see many WRC Lancer and Impreza replicas driving around with his name adorning their side windows.

Tommi Makinen himself said: "I am pleased to be personally involved in the first WRC Round in Japan. I look forward to driving in Hokkaido before the Japanese fans. It is my first event in a right-hand drive car so I will do a little practice before the rally. See you in Hokkaido! "

Co-driving for the ace will be young French rallyist, Matthieu Baumel who is currently contesting the Junior World Rally Championship.