Markko Martin takes Ford Es­cort to se­cond on a rare his­toric Bel­gian rally out­ing

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

World Rally win­ner Markko Martin made a rare com­pet­i­tive out­ing when he drove a Ford Es­cort Mk2 on the Leg­end Boucles Bas­togne last week­end.

Martin has only con­tested a hand­ful of ral­lies since the WRC ac­ci­dent that claimed the life of co-driver Michael ‘Beef ’ Park on the 2005 Rally GB.

The Es­to­nian, now 40 years old, lives in Monaco and is the man­ager of coun­try­man Ott Tanak. How­ever, the chance to tackle the Bel­gian event tempted him to get back be­hind the wheel.

“I have par­tic­i­pated very lit­tle in 10 years with no real com­pe­ti­tion and I am very honored that the or­gan­is­ers thought of me,” said Martin, who was in­vited to do the rally by Stephane Prevot. “I made my come­back with a Group 4 Ford Es­cort and that ap­pealed to me.”

Martin and Prevot fin­ished se­cond to the Porsche 911 of event win­ner Bernard Mun­ster.

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