Articles tagged Jean-Marie Balestre

Page 88 of June 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 88, June 1979

Reflections in an icy blast

There were several winds blowing across the Jarama Autodrome, some of them winds of change, some were winds of discontent and some were mingled with an air of apprehension. The all-pervading wind was the one coming from the snow-covered mountains to the north of the circuit. Situated as it is in a once arid plain, but now growing houses at an alarming rate, there is nothing to break the wind as...

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A Set-up?

We wonder what they would say in Belgrave Square if FISA suddenly announced that they were going to hand over organisation of the RAC Rally to the AA. It sounds ludicrous, but the dictators of Paris have declared their intention of doing something very similar indeed, though not concerning the RAC Rally. Many years ago Wylton Dickson, promoter of past marathons to Sidney, Mexico and Munich,...

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Le Mans Spectator Guide

So after all the months of uncertainty, while the sniping went on between motor racing's governing bodies FIA/FISA in Paris and the Automobile Club de L'Ouest in Le Mans, the great race will go on. Not that most people ever seriously doubted that it would. Too much was at stake for it to be cancelled on the whim of a transitory bureaucrat in Paris. The fact is the Sarthe regional economy and...

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Rally Review - Corsica

Tragedy repeated in Corsica For the second year in succession tragedy has struck the Lancia team whilst competing in the Tour of Corsica. Last year Italian driver Attilio Bettega was killed when his Lancia Rally ditched and hit a tree. This year popular Finnish driver Henri Toivonen and his American-born Italian co-driver Sergio Cresto both died in a terrible accident when their Lancia Delta S4...

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A Star in the Ascendant

Those who have followed the FISA saga through the winter may be aware that President Jean-Marie Balestre was given a ringing vote of confidence at the special meetings in March, the news coming just too late for our April edition. He received the unanimous support of the FIA's General Assembly for his handling of the Senna and Le Mans affaires during the winter, and a majority of 90% in a FISA...

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Around and about

More Changes to Grand Prix Rules On the eve of the Monaco Grand Prix, the third race of the new 31/2-litre formula, FISA's Formula One Commission approved a series of detail regulations regarding the design of Grand Prix cars. Adopted by unanimous vote after consultation with team engineers and designers, the reforms bypass the normal stability rule on the grounds of safety, and will come into...

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Matters of Moment

US compromise in sight? FOR THE past two years now the Americans have been virtually barred from World Endurance Championship racing, and the Europeans from racing in the States, as the result of a split between the FISA ruling body and IMSA, the American association which effectively controls endurance racing. At Daytona early in February talks were held between Jean-Marie Balestre and Pierre...

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Leader of the opposition

If Max Mosley has his way then Jean Todt will be the new FIA president, and yet former World Rally Champion and MEP Ari Vatanen thinks he can spoil their party By Adam Cooper Spend just a few minutes in Ari Vatanen’s company and it’s hard not to be won over by his engaging personality and easy, relaxed manner. His conversation is peppered with philosophical asides, and you soon realise that this...

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Formula One scene: Australian GP

The end of an era Adelaide, November 13 On the face of it, it was all just another crushing McLaren-Honda demonstration run, as Ron Dennis' machines sped to their tenth 1-2 of a season in which the team has re-written the parameters of Formula One. Alain Prost apparently cruised to his seventh win of 1988 and another nine points, which brought his total to 105, although thanks to the silly...

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Cats for Group C?

It would be rather appropriate if the sports-racing 'Coventry Cats', Jaguars in other words, were the first to compete in World Championship racing with catalytic converters in the exhaust systems, but that's the way the industry is thinking at the moment. Whilst FISA is hustling the manufacturers down the corridor marked 'horsepower unlimited', more than one is expressing concern about the...

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