Articles tagged Franz Wittmann

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African Gloom

In a nutshell, the Ivory Coast Rally was a pretty rotten event. As an attempt at copying the Safari it has never, in all its 19-year history, even looked like making the grade, and the small improvement which it managed to achieve in recent editions was blotted out this year, when the already weak organisation wilted under the strain of trying unsuccessfully to meet FISA's impossible demands...

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Quantum leap

Few cars become icons, fewer still earn that status on the road and in motorsport. But Audi's Quattro managed it with aplomb. John Davenport traces its roots 20 years on. In life, one occasionally learns that one has been present at a momentous event but just hadn't noticed it at the time. Such was the case with the Audi quattro. In the late 1970s, all manufacturers in motorsport convened four...

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Rally Review

Ivory Coast Rally  --  Toyota walkaway It is fashionable among publicists, some writers, and those who find pleasure in statistics, especially those with little or no competitive experience, to link the Ivory Coast Rally and the Marlboro Safari Rally as "the two African qualifiers of the World Rally Championship". The unfortunate inference is that both events are of the same calibre, each...

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Rally review: The Rally of the Thousand Lakes

Dull indeed would be the World Rally Championship if each event conformed to the standardisation which F1SA seems bent on imposing. Fortunately. Paris may influence procedure and regulations but it has no control over Mother Nature and, after all, the character of any rally is determined largely by geography. Sweden has its frozen roads and rivers. Kenya its bush tracks, floods and adventure...

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Acropolis Rally

No sensible person would argue with or complain about measures to lessen the chances of accidents such as that which caused the deaths of of two competitors during the Tour of Corsica. Halting the extreme technological advancement which took competing cars right out of the realms of rallying, and to which the door should never have been opened in the first place, is such a measure. Diluting the...

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My only WRC win -- Franz Wittmann

1987 Rally of New Zealand How did you come to be in a Lancia? I drove for Volkswagen in the WRC for two years in 1985 and '86. Before that I had three years with a Quattro.  (Wittmann was the first driver to win an international rally with a Quattro --  the Janner Rally, January 1981). But now I needed a four-wheel-drive Group A car, so in 1987 I went to Turin to see Cesare Fiorio. He agreed to...

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The Perfect Result

As in New Zealand, the Argentina Rally made very little difference to positions in the World Rally Championship, Biasion merely increased his lead, whilst in the makes section Lancia's points were simply increased from 137 to the maximum of 140. Lancia was the only works team present, and the only other transAtlantic visitors were a trio of Austrian privateers, one in a Lancia and two in Audis....

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Rally review: New Zealand Rally

Privateer plunder When Bernard Beguin won the Tour of Corsica in a Rothmans BMW, the achievement was acclaimed as one of the rare victories by a private team against the might of the factories. All credit to him and his team. It was not the triumph of a privateer, however, for the Silverstone based Rothmans outfit is quite substantial, and Beguin had the backing of a comprehensive service support...

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Ford's first win in Sanremo...or was it?

In 1966, a Ford came to the end of what was then called the Rally of the Flowers in first place. At least, that was what all the stage and road times amounted to. To all intents and purposes, Vic Elford had won the Rallye del Fiori in his works Cortina. It had been a straight fight, and a British crew had beaten the Italians on their home ground, fairly and squarely, bar the shouting. . . which...

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Rally review

New Zealand and Argentina Because manufacturers' rally teams are concentrated in Europe, the non-European qualifiers of the World Rally Championship consume a sizeable chunk of their annual budgets, and each team deliberates carefully before embarking on a championship assault which will take its large and costly entourage to such distant lands as Kenya, New Zealand and Argentina. There is now no...

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