THE VATANENS

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JACK BENYON

As father-son re­la­tion­ships go, there aren’t many more dif­fi­cult dads to match in achieve­ment terms than Ari Vata­nen. His son Max will be push­ing to fol­low in Ari’s foot­steps by win­ing the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship in 2016. Ari won it in 1976 and ’80 be­fore go­ing on to win the world ti­tle in 1981.

When Max ap­peared on the BRC stand to help launch the DMACK Bri­tish Rally Team, which he will run with this year, the 25-year-old showed no sign of be­ing star struck by Ari’s achieve­ments.

“I’m not Ari num­ber two,” de­clared the Finn. “I’m Max num­ber one!” The steely be­lief the Finn is show­ing is ev­ery bit his father’s. Ari had a num­ber of chal­leng­ing mo­ments in his ca­reer, but his pace was al­ways there (in fact, it still is if you watched him in an Es­cort at Ral­ly­day). Let’s hope Max shares those traits with Ari; win­ning the ti­tle 40 years af­ter his father would make a fan­tas­tic story…

The F1 Rac­ing stand showed off grand prix ma­chin­ery

Dun­lop BTCC stand be­came a busy place

Ari Vata­nen (right) also an­nounced Vaux­hall Mo­tor­sport men

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