on Wednesday in Paris, one of the 17 world rally champion, which added to the festive ceremonies, the fia of the hall of fame. Two years ago, set up in the hall of fame is now a total of 50 members, when F1's all the 33 world champions were added to the corresponding gallery when it was established.
the Hilly, 54, received a membership report to the board of Fia president from Jean Todtilta , who hugged on the podium to strut of the Finnish.
– How much I love this species? opportunity presenter asked the Hilly, who stood on the stage of a really wide smile on his face.
– the Rally has been on my mind since he was a boy. And it will stay there. I love this game very much, Hilly answered.
a Large part of the occasion, the location of the drivers, Mäkinen, including, was in Paris without a map you read. The presenter read, however, hilly for this long-term map reader Seppo Ridge , 70, sent greetings.
with the world championship in 1985, won Ridge became Hilly on map reading in 1990 and continued the task always until 1997.
Almost 30 years ago, Timo Jouhki introduced me to Central Finland from a rally driver. Hardly anyone in our small garage, we know what the following year would usher in. We had our plan and our goal, and a few years of ups and downs after the start of one of the rally history of the most spectacular careers, Ridge wrote.
the Hilly listen to his friend and former navigator their greetings visibly moved.
it Was exciting and rewarding to work with young and talented driver with this career began in the moment. I am most grateful and proud of the fact that have been a part of a career, which led to the first championship in 1996 and 1997, Hilly 16 years older the Ridge to continue.
– the Fourth drivers ' world championship, in addition, you have also won the manufacturers championship crew chief. And this is just the current situation. When the party to your place in the hall of fame, you're in the right place. You've earned your place. Best regards and all the best for the future wishing you, Seppo.
the Ridge after a Hilly map, the reader will Risto Mannisenmäki , which also reached to celebrate two world championships (1998-1999). The duo's collaboration continues up until 2001. Hilly the last two WORLD rally season 2002-2003 notes to read Kaj Lindström .
Without them, my story would be different, Hilly praised all three.
the Other masters I want to say that I am grateful to be here with you. This is a great honor. I wish you all well in motor sport.Tommi Mäkinen got the other rally master, in the manner of a valuable tribute, when his name was added to the International motor sports association hall of fame. Last year's sports gala in the Hilly was awarded to the Finnish sports ambassador. TIMO KORHONEN/AOP