Kyösti Hämäläinen

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Kyösti Hämäläinen
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1973–1982, 1985 - 1988
Teams Ford
Rallies 19
Championships 0
Rally wins 1
Podiums 1
Total points 0
First rally 1973 1000 Lakes Rally
Last rally 1988 1000 Lakes Rally

Kyösti Hämäläinen (born 16 September 1945 in Helsinki) is a Finnish rally driver. He contested 19 World Rally Championship events, winning the 1977 1000 Lakes Rally overall. Hämäläinen also won 13 Finnish Rally Championship titles between 1973 and 1986.

Career[edit]

Hämäläinen began his career in 1965 by taking part in ice racing events with rental cars. In 1969 he moved to rallying and in 1973 took his Finnish Rally Championship championship in group 1, driving an Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV. He followed it up with four consecutive Group 1 titles between 1975 and 1978, using a Sunbeam Avenger(1975) and Ford Escort(1976,1977,1978). In 1978 Hämäläinen moved to Group 2 and won eight consecutive Finnish Championships with a Ford Escort, from 1979 to 1986.

Hämäläinen's career in World Rally Championship consisted mainly of his entries into 1000 Lakes Rally, which was also part of the Finnish Rally Championship. His first WRC start was the 1973 1000 Lakes Rally in which he retired. 1977 was the most successful year of Hämäläinen's WRC career, including an unexpected victory in the 1000 Lakes Rally, a 5th-place finish in International Swedish Rally and a 6th place in Lombard RAC Rally.

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Points
1973 Kyösti Hämäläinen Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV MON SWE POR KEN MOR GRE POL FIN
Ret
AUT ITA USA GBR FRA N/A N/A
1974 Kyösti Hämäläinen Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV MON
C
SWE
C
POR KEN GRE
C
FIN
17
ITA CAN USA GBR FRA N/A N/A
1975 Kyösti Hämäläinen Sunbeam Avenger MON SWE KEN GRE MOR POR FIN
9
ITA FRA GBR N/A N/A
1976 Ford Motor Co Ltd Ford Escort RS 2000 MKII MON SWE POR KEN GRE MOR FIN
Ret
ITA FRA N/A N/A
Kyösti Hämäläinen GBR
Ret
1977 Kyösti Hämäläinen Ford Escort RS 2000 MKII MON SWE
5
POR KEN NZL GRE N/A N/A
Ford Motor Co Ltd Ford Escort RS 1800 MKII FIN
1
CAN ITA FRA
Kyösti Hämäläinen GBR
6
1978 Ford Motor Co Ltd Ford Escort RS 1800 MKII MON SWE KEN POR GRE FIN
8
CAN ITA CIV FRA GBR - 0
1979 Kyösti Hämäläinen Mercedes-Benz 300 D MON SWE POR KEN GRE NZL FIN
31
CAN ITA FRA GBR CIV - 0
1980 Kyösti Hämäläinen Lada VAZ 21011 MON SWE POR KEN GRE ARG FIN
18
NZL ITA FRA GBR CIV - 0
1981 VMJ Racing Ford Escort RS MON SWE
Ret
POR KEN FRA GRE ARG BRA - 0
Team Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer 2000 Turbo FIN
11
ITA CIV GBR
1982 Kyösti Hämäläinen Ford Escort RS MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE NZL BRA FIN
Ret
ITA CIV GBR - 0
1985 Ford Finland Ford Escort RS Turbo MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRC NZL ARG FIN
28
ITA CIV GBR - 0
1986 Kyösti Hämäläinen Ford Sierra XR MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRC NZL ARG FIN
Ret
CIV ITA GBR USA - 0
1987 Kyösti Hämäläinen Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRC USA NZL ARG FIN
Ret
CIV ITA GBR - 0
1988 Kyösti Hämäläinen Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRC USA NZL ARG FIN
15
CIV ITA GBR - 0

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