Proving his mastery of the UK forests Roger Clark (above) became the first British driver to win the RAC Rally in 12 years. Clark, driving a works-prepared Ford Escort with 2-litre aluminium block BDA engine with fuel injection, led virtually from start to finish. His co-driver was Tony Mason.
Appearing for the first time in the UK in Marlboro colours the two works Lancias of Harry Kallstrom/Gunnar Haggbom and Simo Lampinen/Solve Andreasson (pictured below, left) had a trouble-free run to finish seventh and eighth respectively. Although placed fifth at one stage the works Datsun 240Z of Tony Fall and Mike Wood (below, right) later dropped back with fuel and transmission problems.