There was a moment, a pause, and then the realisation – yes, that had just happened. Lancia team principal Cesare Fiorio explained the result of the 1987 Monte Carlo Rally to the media.
Invited to agree with his account, Lancia’s second-placed driver Juha Kankkunen thought about it and then declined.
Silence settled over Lancia’s post-event press conference in the Beach Plaza. The Italians had dominated the first chapter of world rallying’s brave new post-Group B era and then shot itself unerringly in the foot. Kankkunen remembers the event and the moment Lancia’s incumbent Italian star Miki Biasion was favoured for the win.