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Ari Vatanen

FIA sanctioning boost for China Rally

The 555 China Rally '97 has received official recognition from the world governing body.

Thursday, 13 March, 1997, 12:00am

Vatanen wins second title after late scare

Finland's Ari Vatanen won an historic second 555 Hong Kong-Beijing Rally yesterday when the 3,800-kilometre race finished at the Ming Tombs in the Chinese capital.

His teammates Richard Burns and Japan's Kenjiro Shinozuka finished second and third, giving the Mitsubishi Ralliart team a clean sweep of the top positions.

26 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Vatanen on verge of second Beijing triumph

Finn Ari Vatanen stands a mere 14 kilometres, or two special stages, away from claiming an historic second 555 Hong Kong-Beijing Rally triumph after another absorbing duel with teammate Richard Burns. The two Mitsubishi Ralliart drivers have been locked in a four-wheeled game of oneupmanship in their identical Lancers.

25 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Vatanen driving display answers critics

FORMER world champion Ari Vatanen unleashed a dazzling display of aggressive driving to clearly state to the rallying fraternity that he is still a force at 43 when he dominated all four stages yesterday in the 555 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally.

18 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Vatanen ready to grab Ford lifeline

HARD-CHARGING Finn Ari Vatanen has been thrown a lifeline by Ford to resurrect his international career in the Rally of Indonesia, the opening leg of the Asia-Pacific series which begins in Medan on the island of Sumatra tomorrow.

6 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

French desert force

OUTSIDER Jean-Pierre Fontenay of France stole the show from the race favourites by winning the ninth stage of motorsport's Dakar Rally in the Mauritanian sands.

Fontenay, driving a Mitsubishi, was fastest in the day's 347-kilometre leg from Chinguetti with Finn Ari Vatanen taking second place in a Citroen three minutes and 34 seconds behind.

12 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Champion's return halted

RALLYING, more than most spectator sports, relies on sponsorship to remain afloat but, sadly, in these difficult economic times not all drivers are lucky enough to attract backers with deep pockets.

One such victim is last year's 555 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally winner, Ari Vatanen of Finland.

21 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Ari's driving ambition

DEFENDING 555 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally champion, Flying Finn Ari Vatanen, has a personal score to settle when he returns in October with a new team, car and co-driver in a bid to win back-to-back titles.

8 Apr 1994 - 12:00am

Rally ends with a doughnut in Tiananmen Square

A CONVOY of battered, mud-daubed vehicles rumbled into Tiananmen Square yesterday, for a ceremonial finish to the 3,800-kilometre 555 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally.

The 19 cars and 131 support vehicles were greeted by Chinese sports officials, several dozen Chinese mini-skirted models shivering in a sharp wind, and hundreds of curious onlookers.

30 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Finish line in sight from top of world

ARI's on top of the world again, and it has been a long time between wins.

In fact it was the 1990 Paris-Dakar when I last won a rally and way back in 1985 when I won an event with special stages.

29 Oct 1993 - 12:00am