Palli‘s first race in a rally competition was in March 1988 and then was no turning back. He won prices in every driving sport he tried, on rally racing cars, rallycross cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles etc.
A few times he was the Icelandic champion in skill driving. The height of his carreer was in the years 1997-2000 when he and Jóhannes Jóhannesson, also known as Joi the codriver, drove Mitshubishi Lancer Evo IV for their team, Jópal. They had just bought a brandnew car from Japan and sent it to Wales in UK where Graham Quick modified and strengthened the car in cooperation Jópal and Hekla, Mitshubishi‘s car agent in Iceland.
Many companies supported Palli and Joi run the car like it shows on the photos. The Lancer arrived in Iceland in summer 1997 and they became the Icelandic champion of rally race driving in 1998.