Articles tagged Bruno Thiry

Page 24 of April 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 24, April 1993

King Francios the First - Rally of Portugal

It is a common belief that the Ford Escort came after the Ford Cortina, but this is a misconception. There was a Ford Escort made in the '50s, a kind of estate car, sister to the Squire and based on the Prefect of the time. It was never rallied by the factory. at least, not that I recall, but it did make many appearances in club events. But it is the later Escort, the one which at first had...

Page 61 of October 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 61, October 1994

Tommi gun

Given a rare opportunity in a top works rally car on home soil, Tommy Mäkinen didn't waste it As the 1994 World Rally Championship heads towards its close, three drivers have emerged with a chance of securing the title: Didier Auriol and Juha Kankkunen in Toyotas and Subaru's Carlos Sainz. In Finland, at the end of August, where the Neste 1000 Lakes Rally was the eighth qualifier of the 10-round...

Page 39 of February 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 39, February 2000

To Hell and Back

A huge crash nearly ended his life, but Ari Vatanen fought on. John Davenport meets Finland's most famous Parliamentarian There are so many surprising things about Ari Vatanen it's hard to know where to start The first time I met him was at the Donegal Rally in 1975. An was driving a very tired and well-travelled Opel Ascona in which he had just finished eighth overall on the Scottish Rally. His...

Page 32 of December 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, December 1992

'Lightning' strikes twice

When expatriate Frenchman Jean-Claude Bertrand devised and ran the Ivory Coast's first Bandama Rally, his idea was that it should become France's answer to the Safari Rally. It certainly seemed for a few years that the ebullient Bertrand would have his wish, for the event found favour in Paris and the rally attracted some of the leading crews of the time. The notion that the Ivory Coast Rally, as...

Page 112 of May 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 112, May 2010

Thiry uses Quattro drive to secure Spa win

Bruno Thiry’s decision to source an early Audi Quattro for the 52nd Boucles de Spa proved wise when he swept to victory on the biggest historic rally in Europe. Snow and ice greeted a star-studded entry in the Ardennes Mountains of Belgium and Thiry (left) was able to capitalise on his four-wheel-drive advantage. He could not relax, however, as an inspired Björn Waldegård fought all the way in...

Page 44 of October 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, October 1993

Finntasia

When Mikko Helander, then manager of Finland's Teboil Team which existed to help promising private drivers, told me after an Arctic Rally many years ago that a little known driver called Ari Vatanen would one day become world champion, I was sceptical. I had been approached by self-considered talent scouts many times before and I was not easily convinced. A few years later, after Vatanen had...

Page 40 of December 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, December 1993

First is not enough

Francois Delecour needed to win. What he didn't need was for Juha Kankkunen to fare so well... There are two ways of looking at the situation which arises when a championship is settled before it reaches its final round. The first involves disappointment that the series has not lasted its full term, and that the last qualifier will not be as fiercely contested as it might. Second, it could be...

Page 44 of June 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, June 1995

Bruno's rough cut

On the verge of his first outright World Rally Championship success, Bruno Thiry’s Escort came to a halt. Didier Auriol was handily placed to profit. The Ford team suffered the tantalising and bitterly disappointing loss of a maximum points score in the all-tarmac Tour of Corsica when, just as it seemed likely that Belgian crew Bruno Thiry and Stephane Prevot would romp home to a win, ahead of...

Page 5 of May 1996 archive issue thumbnail Page 5, May 1996

The Death of Innocence

It is common practice not to award number 13 in the start list for any form of motorsport. On the Tour of Corsica, there has been no number four since 1986. Twice running, the driver of car number four - a Lancia on both occasions, as it happened had been killed. Rallying went about its business after the death of poor Attilio Bettega, but the demise of Henri Toivonen and his codriver, Sergio...

Page 38 of July 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, July 1993

Miki taker

Toyota was expected to win, Subaru should have won, but the Acropolis tore the heart out of the entry and victory went to Ford, thanks largely to a superbly judged drive from Miki Biasion Had the 1993 Acropolis Rally taken place under the regulations prevailing 20 or so years ago, the SCDA would have been delighted. It was hotter this year than it has been for 10 years at least, a reminder of the...

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