Markko Märtin - Driver Profile

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Markko Märtin Career Summary

Markko Märtin is widely regarded as one of rallying’s rising stars. His potential is such that at the start of 2002 Ford beat off competition from four other manufacturers to secure the signature of the young Estonian with a guarantee of a full world championship programme for the first time in his career. After a highly impressive debut season with Ford Rallye Sport, he is now the team's top driver and leads Ford into 2003.

It seemed natural that Märtin should set his sights on a professional career in rallying. His father was a well-known driver on rallies in Estonia and the young Markko was a frequent sight in the workshop and service areas as he passionately followed his father’s endeavours from the sidelines.

Unable to compete himself in Estonia until the age of 18, Märtin spent much of the year leading up to his 18th birthday preparing his first rally car. He bought a Lada Samara from an uncle and two months after his birthday took part in his first rally in early 1994. It was an amazing season and Märtin finished second in the Formula 2 category in the Estonian championship, bettering that achievement in 1995 by winning the two-wheel drive class. His first competitive venture outside Estonia came the same year when he finished 12th on Finland’s Mantta Rally.

Realising the need for more powerful machinery to move up the sport, Märtin sold the Lada and bought a Group N Ford Escort Cosworth for 1996. It was a shrewd move and he finished second overall in the national championship. He ended the year on a high. Securing a drive in an ex-works Toyota Celica, almost by chance, he took part in a rally in Latvia and won – his first outright success.

The Escort was sold at the end of the season – at a handsome profit – and replaced by a Celica. With budgets tight, Märtin drove carefully but quickly to win the Estonian Championship in 1997. When support came his way from the Estonian Oil Service, he was able to extend his experience by competing in Lithuania, Finland and Holland.

His ability behind the wheel of a rally car was earning praise and support and for 1998 he moved into a Toyota Celica ST205, formerly driven by Marcus Grönholm. The increase in budget allowed him not only to repeat his national championship success but to embark on a limited world championship programme. However, his first world event of the season, in Portugal, ended in disaster when a fire destroyed the car. It was replaced by another Celica, prepared by Italian team Grifone, and Märtin used that to good effect and rounded off the season with ninth on the Rally of Great Britain.

In 1999 he returned to a Ford for the first part of the season, campaigning an Escort World Rally Car on the Swedish and Portuguese rounds of the world championship. But Märtin’s talent was becoming noticed by those in influential places and Toyota provided him with en ex-works Corolla WRC which was run by Toyota Team Sweden. He tackled four more world rallies and made the sport’s established stars sit up and take notice by finishing fifth on the exceptionally tough Acropolis Rally in Greece.

Märtin teamed up with new co-driver Michael Park for the first time in 2000 and completed an extensive nine-rally world championship programme. He finished in the top ten on six occasions and still found time to claim his first international championship rally win in the Azores at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza. It was to Subaru that Märtin turned for 2001, signing a contract with the Prodrive team to drive an Impreza WRC in the world championship. Hopes of a full 14-round programme did not materialise and he ended up driving in nine rallies, matching his best world rally result with fifth place in Finland.

Ford Rallye Sport signed Märtin for 2002 and the Estonian made the most of his first full season at the top level. He led a world rally for the first time in Cyprus and surprised many by building up a huge lead on the Acropolis Rally before a puncture ruined his victory hopes. A career best second on the final round in Britain brought to an end a season in which he retired just once and his incredible consistency ensured he scored points on eight of the last nine rounds.

Away from the special stages, the quiet Estonian driver enjoys basketball and mountain biking, the latter an integral part of his training programme.

Markko Märtin Career Statistics


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Rally Honour Roll

Year Class Place Driver
2005 WRC World Rally Car 5th. Markko. Märtin (53pts)

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2004 WRC World Rally Car 3rd. Markko. Märtin (79pts)

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2003 WRC World Rally Car 5th. Markko. Märtin (49pts)

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2002 WRC World Rally Car 9th. Markko. Märtin (20pts)

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2001 WRC World Rally Car 19th. Markko. Märtin (3pts)

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2000 WRC World Rally Car 21st. Markko. Märtin (1pts)

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1999 WRC World Rally Car 19th. Markko. Märtin (2pts)

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Career Results :

Pos Event Co-Driver # Vehicle Rego
4th. 2005 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN]
2nd. 2005 WRC Swedish Rally M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN]
3rd. 2005 WRC Rally Mexico M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN]
5th. 2005 WRC Rally New Zealand M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN]
4th. 2005 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN]
3rd. 2005 WRC Cyprus Rally M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN]
5th. 2005 WRC Rally of Turkey M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN]
8th. 2005 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN]
6th. 2005 WRC Rally Argentina M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN]
3rd. 2005 WRC Rally of Finland M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN]
4th. 2005 WRC Rallye Deutschland M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN]
2nd. 2004 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
7th. 2004 WRC Swedish Rally M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
1st. 2004 WRC Rally Mexico M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
3rd. 2004 WRC Rally New Zealand M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
2nd. 2004 WRC Cyprus Rally M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
24th. 2004 WRC Rally of Turkey M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
2nd. 2004 WRC Rally of Finland M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
4th. 2004 WRC Rallye Deutschland M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
3rd. 2004 WRC Rally Japan M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
3rd. 2004 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
1st. 2004 WRC Tour de Corse M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
1st. 2004 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
4th. 2003 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
4th. 2003 WRC Swedish Rally M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1) RS 02 [UNKNOWN]
6th. 2003 WRC Rally of Turkey M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1) RS 02 [UNKNOWN]
1st. 2003 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1) RS 03 [UNKNOWN]
5th. 2003 WRC Rallye Deutschland M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1) RS 03 [UNKNOWN]
1st. 2003 WRC Rally of Finland M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1) RS 03 [UNKNOWN]
3rd. 2003 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
3rd. 2003 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
12th. 2002 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1) RS 02 [UNKNOWN]
8th. 2002 WRC Tour de Corse M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
21st. 2002 WRC Tour de Corse M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
8th. 2002 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
8th. 2002 WRC Cyprus Rally M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
4th. 2002 WRC Rally Argentina M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1) RS 02 [EK51 HXZ]
6th. 2002 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
4th. 2002 WRC Safari Rally M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
5th. 2002 WRC Rally of Finland M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
6th. 2002 WRC Rallye Deutschland M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
5th. 2002 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
5th. 2002 WRC Rally Australia (WA) M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN]
2nd. 2002 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN]
12th. 2001 WRC Swedish Rally M. Park #18 Subaru Impreza (44S)  [UNKNOWN]
5th. 2001 WRC Rally of Finland M. Park #18 Subaru Impreza (44S)  [UNKNOWN]
6th. 2001 WRC Tour de Corse M. Park #18 Subaru Impreza (44S)  [UNKNOWN]
9th. 2000 WRC Swedish Rally M. Park #18 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN]
7th. 2000 WRC Rallye de Portugal M. Park #25 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN]
10th. 2000 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Park #23 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN]
10th. 2000 WRC Rally of Finland M. Park #20 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN]
6th. 2000 WRC Cyprus Rally M. Park #17 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN]
7th. 2000 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Park #21 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN]
8th. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally T. Kitsing #36 Ford Escort (Mk5)  [UNKNOWN]
5th. 1999 WRC Acropolis Rally T. Kitsing #23 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN]
8th. 1999 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Kitsing #17 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN]
12th. 1998 WRC Rally of Finland T. Kitsing #19 Toyota Celica (T200)  [UNKNOWN]
9th. 1998 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Kitsing #33 Toyota Celica (T200)  [UNKNOWN]

Career Retirements :

Pos Event Co-Driver # Vehicle Rego Reason
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Park #8 Peugeot 307  [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally Australia (WA) M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN] SS1 engine
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1) RS 04 [ET53 UNY] SS16 turbo
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally Argentina M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN] SS5 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Park #7 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN] SS3 engine
Ret. 2003 WRC Tour de Corse M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally Australia (WA) M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1) RS 03 [UNKNOWN] SS20 disqualified - stoned
Ret. 2003 WRC Cyprus Rally M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN] SS5 engine
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally Argentina M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1) RS 03 [UNKNOWN] SS21 engine
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally New Zealand M. Park #4 Ford Focus (Mk1) RS 03 [UNKNOWN] SS14 engine
Ret. 2002 WRC Rally New Zealand M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1) WRC [UNKNOWN] SS14 crash
Ret. 2002 WRC Swedish Rally M. Park #6 Ford Focus (Mk1)  [UNKNOWN] SS0 before start TC!! crash in shakedown
Ret. 2001 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Park #18 Subaru Impreza (44S)  [UNKNOWN] SS5 engine
Ret. 2001 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Park #18 Subaru Impreza (44S)  [UNKNOWN] SS14 crash
Ret. 2001 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Park #18 Subaru Impreza (44S)  [UNKNOWN] SS7 suspension
Ret. 2001 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Park #18 Subaru Impreza (44S)  [UNKNOWN] SS16 electrics
Ret. 2001 WRC Rallye de Portugal M. Park #18 Subaru Impreza (44S)  [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 2001 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Park #6 Subaru Impreza (44S)  [UNKNOWN] SS0 engine
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally Australia (WA) M. Park #18 Subaru Impreza (22B)  [UNKNOWN] SS2 transmission
Ret. 2000 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Park #30 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 2000 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Park #17 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN] SS3 sump
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye San Remo T. Kitsing #22 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN] SS2 suspension
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally of Finland T. Kitsing #18 Toyota Corolla (E100)  [UNKNOWN] SS11 turbo
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye de Portugal T. Kitsing #17 Ford Escort (Mk5)  [UNKNOWN] SS11 transmission
Ret. 1998 WRC Rallye San Remo T. Kitsing #46 Toyota Celica (T200)  [UNKNOWN] SS20 suspension
Ret. 1998 WRC Rallye de Portugal T. Kitsing #19 Toyota Celica (T200)  [UNKNOWN] SS20 crash
Ret. 1997 WRC Rally of Finland T. Kitsing #53 Toyota Celica (T180)  [UNKNOWN] SS9 gearbox

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