Close Finish in Portugal
It is usually the case that smooth rallies produce narrow penalty differences, whilst rough ones result in much wider margins. Alpine rallies used to be characterised by very close finishes indeed, whilst nowadays even forest rallies can keep their suspense until the end. On the other hand, the Safari, for instance, is timed in minutes, not seconds, and the time span...
Thirty-one cars and 250 personnel were shipped out to Estoril in Portugal by sponsor Autotrans for the final round of the Renault Elf Turbo UK Cup.
Winning at 77.38 mph, David Gibson netted £1370 from the various awards donated by Philips, Elf, Renault UK, Renault Portugal, Renault Loan, Michelin and Straw — this is lucrative racing!
As usual the 12-lap race was eventful. Oldacre and O'Dell...
1986 Rally of Portugal
How did your rallying career start?
When I was nine years old my father bought me a kart. It was not a serious thing. The brakes were acting straight to the tyre sidewall. But it fired up my enthusiasm and before I had my road licence I was already racing cars on a small circuit near Porto.
When did you actually start in rallying?
When I got my licence I did some rallies...