Ari was, as many of you how pointed out a fantastic driver unfortunately after barrel rolling his Peugeot 205 T16 and nearly killing himself he, quite rightly lost a bit of his edge. But it takes some serious bottle to go back to professional rallying and still rate as one of the top drivers.
I will remember him for several stories.
1/ the conversation he has with Penti (think it was from memory) about his Escorts blown diff. Went something like this-
Penti "What is trouble"
Ari "we have big trouble with rear diff and we don't carry"
Penti "Not problem you just replace it"
Ari " Yes but we no carry a spare"
Penti "What no spare"
Penti "Ohhh you have big trouble"
They stop a Capri and remove its diff to get him back in the game. Try doing that to a WRC from a road car!
2/ The footage of Ari in the Britsh Championship driving an Opel Manta on the Manx. He is FLAT out on top of the mountain/hill roads in the fog and the he exits a flat out corner, clipping the wall causing a blow out of the rear tyre. Car oversteering from one side to the other towards a very narrow cattle grid with Ari fighting for control. As he approaches the metal grid Ari manages to get the return flick of the oversteer in line with the narrow gate without touching it. The most amazing part is once through the gate you release the car is still oversteering! Driving at its best and pureist. Co-drivers comment sums it up "Good god" said in pure terror!
If you have seen it, try to its superb.
I also agree rally drivers are the best drivers in the world, every corner is unique, and due to the loose/broken surface never quite the same twice, unlike a race track!