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…