Think of Miki Biasion and images of Martini-liveried Lancia Delta Integrales throwing up the dust or scrabbling for grip on asphalt appear. The Italian won back-to- back World Rally Championship titles in Deltas in 1988 and ’89, during a period in which Lancia dominated in a manner that had echoes of McLaren-Honda from the same era in Formula 1.
Today, 62-year-old Biasion is a cherished veteran of rallying’s golden age, and he was due to star with old team-mate and rival Juha Kankkunen at the mouth- watering Goodwood Members’ Meeting Rallysprint at the end of March until you-know-what scuppered everything. Before the big weekend, Motor Sport had planned to catch up with him at the launch of a new special edition Delta Integrale, which Biasion has collaborated in building with Chichester-based Rally Replay. Just 15 bespoke, made-for-order cars will be produced, each to commemorate the 15 WRC victories he scored in Group A Delta Integrales when he was hot stuff between the 1987 Monte Carlo Rally and 1990’s Rally Argentina. Biasion claimed his first WRC win in Argentina in 1986, the final year of the fearsome Group B days. He added a 17th and final victory in 1993 on the Acropolis during his much less successful and unhappy spell with Ford.
Interviews with Miki – at least in English – are rare, so we were excited to be meeting him. Instead, and fittingly in tune with our troubled times, we salvage a remote interview with the double champion to get insight into his new project and scratch the surface of how he recalls the days when Lancia ruled the rallying world.