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Markku Alén

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Markku Alen

Finnish former rally and race car driver add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1951.

Countries: (26%), Italy (17%), Corsica (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Lancia, Fiat, Walter Rohrl

Linked to: Fiat, Lancia, Alitalia, Toyota

 

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Markku Alen was born in 1951 add something


1963

Alén's interest in motorsport came from his father, who was the 1963 Finnish champion in ice racing add something


1969

Alén started his rallying career in 1969 driving a Renault 8 Gordini, and finished ninth at the 1000 Lakes Rally at his first attempt add something


1974

In 1974 and 1975, Alén drove the Fiat 124 Abarth Rallye, achieving several podiums and his debut WRC win at the 1975 Rally Portugal add something

 

Moreover, he is said to have won 11 special stages in Sanremo 1974 although reliable sources are missing add something


1975

Ingvar Carlsson (rally driver) - He drove for Fiat in an Abarth 124 on that year's RAC Rally and the 1975 Swedish Rally, where he finished fifth, ahead of teammate Markku Alen


1976

Alén won the 1976 1000 Lakes and the 1977 Rally Portugal, and helped Fiat to their first manufacturers' title in 1977 add something

 

During the 1976 season, Fiat debuted the new Fiat 131 Abarth, which would prove to be a big improvement over its predecessor add something


1977

Fiat 131 - The Fiat 131 Abarth was a very successful rally car, winning the World Rally Championship three times: in 1977, 1978, and in 1980 with Markku Alen, Timo Salonen and Walter Röhrl, among many others, at the wheel


1978

However, he did win the FIA Cup for Drivers in 1978, the precursor to the World Championship for Drivers established in 1979 add something

 

Then in 1978, Alén took the car to two wins and five consecutive podiums add something

 

Jean-Pierre Nicolas - His best placement in the drivers' championship was second with 31 points, after Markku Alén and ahead of Hannu Mikkola , in the 1978 "FIA Cup for Drivers"


1982

In 1982 he debuted the marque's first of two Group B category homologated models, the Lancia 037, a rear-wheel drive car which was, in consequence, a particular performer on the championship's asphalt rounds add something

 

Lancia 037 - The 1982 season was plagued with retirements for the 037, but the new car did manage to achieve several wins including its first win at the Pace Rally in the UK. The 1983 season was considerably more successful for the 037: Lancia took the 1983 World Rally Championship Constructors' title with Germany's Walter Röhrl and Finland's Markku Alen its principal drivers, despite serious competition from the 4WD Audi Quattro

 

Lancia Rally 037 - The 1982 season was plagued with retirements for the 037, but the new car did manage to achieve several wins including its first win at the Pace Rally in the UK. The 1983 season was considerably more successful for the 037: Lancia took the 1983 World Rally Championship Constructors' title with Germany's Walter Röhrl and Finland's Markku Alen its principal drivers, despite serious competition from the 4WD Audi Quattro


1983

Alén's several wins with it in 1983 helped Lancia narrowly pip Audi and their four-wheel drive long wheelbase Quattro to that year's constructors' championship add something

 

Lancia Rally 037 - Driven by Markku Alén, Attilio_Bettega, and Walter Röhrl, the car won Lancia the manufacturers' world championship in the 1983 season

 

Lancia 037 - Driven by Markku Alén, Attilio_Bettega, and Walter Röhrl, the car won Lancia the manufacturers' world championship in the 1983 season


1984

Indeed it was Alén who was responsible for the car's final victory, on the 1984 Tour de Corse, in a year in which Audi retook both of the title honours, before it was replaced by the four-wheel drive Lancia Delta S4 from the final round, in Great Britain, of the 1985 season add something


1986

Alén remained at Lancia after the abolition of Group B at the end of 1986, and adapted successfully to the replacement Group A formula add something

 

Having become unequivocal team leader in the aftermath of team-mate Henri Toivonen's death in Corsica the following year, Alén narrowly lost the 1986 World Rally Championship to rival driver, Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2 pilot Juha Kankkunen add something

 

In 1986, he was the world champion for eleven days, until Peugeot's appeal went through and the results of Rallye Sanremo, which Alén had won, were annulled add something

 

Peugeot - In the 1986 season, Vatanen's young replacement Juha Kankkunen beat & Lancia's Markku Alén to the drivers' title and Peugeot took its second manufacturers' title ahead of Lancia

 

Timo Salonen - Salonen remained at Peugeot for the 1986 season, and finished third in the drivers' championship, behind his new team-mate Juha Kankkunen and Lancia driver Markku Alén


1987

He won three events in the Lancia Delta HF 4WD in 1987, but lost his chance to take second place in the world driver's championship after rolling his car in front of the TV cameras on the 1987 RAC Rally add something

 

Peugeot subsequently appealed the exclusion to the FISA, which eventually annulled the results of the rally, stripping Alén of the World Championship title which he had held for just eleven days, which lead to Alen famously boycotting the 1987 Monte Carlo Rally add something

 

Lancia Delta - In 1987 the Lancias were driven by Massimo Biasion, Juha Kankkunen and Markku Alén


1988

Lancia Delta - The Delta 4WD won the first two events of the 1988 season, Bruno Saby taking the win at Monte Carlo and Markku Alén in Sweden, before the Integrale appeared at the third round in Portugal


1990

In 1990, Alén moved to the burgeoning Prodrive-run Subaru World Rally Team, and was responsible for many of the Subaru Legacy's early successes, including 4th on the 1990 1000 Lakes Rally, and a 3rd and two 4th places the following season add something


1992

For 1992 he moved to the Toyota team, but found himself playing very much a supporting role to Carlos Sainz add something


1993

The 1993 season found Alén without a full-time position, and he drove for Toyota and Subaru early in the season, taking 2nd place for Toyota on the Safari Rally and 4th for Subaru in Portugal add something


1995

He drove two races of the International Touring Car Championship of 1995 for Alfa Romeo, driving the same number of races in DTM earlier that year add something


1996

He drove in Trophy Andros in 1996 and 1997 add something


2000

Anton Alén, son of Markku, is driving a Super 2000 class Fiat Punto in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge series add something


2001

To celebrate his 50th birthday in 2001, he entered that year's Neste Rally Finland, finishing in a respectable 16th place overall with a Ford Focus WRC add something


2010

In March 2010, Luca di Montezemolo hired Alén as a Ferrari test driver add something