Former Ford and Peugeot WRC driver Markko MÃ¤rtin is looking to return to the top level of rallying, after a one-off drive at this weekend’s Rally Estonia.
The Estonian native won his home rally today driving a Ford Focus WRC 03 – ahead of his protege, Pirelli Star Driver and reigning Estonian champion Ott TÃ¤nak, and another former WRC driver, Toni Gardemeister.
He has not raced on a regular basis since the crash that claimed the life of co-driver Michael ‘Beef’ Park back in 2005, and admits that getting back into the sport full-time may be a tough ask.
“The big, big problem is there are not many seats and it's very limited what people can do,” he explained. “It's unfortunate [the WRC] has gone downhill but hopefully in the future there will be some new manufacturers and maybe rallying will start again. I'm not that old but I have been away from rallying for five years, which is a lot [of] time. But when I drive cars again I really like it and I've definitely got the taste for it.”
His latest WRC involvement was as Subaru test driver back in 2008 – but aside for that has only competed sporadically for the last five years, driving for his own MM Motorsport team.