Articles tagged Paola de Martini

Page 38 of July 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, July 1990

Heat and Dust

As a general rule, smooth and relatively short rallies produce low penalty differences, whilst those of rougher, longer ones are usually much higher. Seconds, certainly no more than minutes, normally separate the first ten on the Tour of Corsica, for instance, whilst on the Safari Rally this year the gap between the first and tenth (last) finishers was not far short of a complete day! The...

Page 20 of January 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 20, January 1990

Group En-ergy !

Group En--ergy! WHEN the organisers of the Ivory Coast Rally distributed publicity material in advance of the 1989 event, they emphasised that it would not be a car-breaker and that rough roads would be avoided as much as possible. However, when crews went out to begin their reconnaissance they soon discovered that the expression "not rough" was merely relative, and that the route was as rugged...

Page 14 of March 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 14, March 1990

A Catalogue of Disasters

A Catalogue of Disasters IT CAME as no surprise that this year's Monte Carlo Rally was completely snow free and that the dry stages contained only occasional ice patches. After all, winter had been mild all over Europe and the ski resorts were facing financial disaster. Nevertheless, the teams and tyre companies had to lay in stocks of all their tyre types, just in case a last minute snowfall...

Page 52 of June 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, June 1990

Tour of Corsica

After the rain and mud of the Safari came a sharp contrast in Corsica where the narrow, tortuous mountain roads are all on tarmac, and winning margins are usually just a few seconds rather than the minutes and even hours of Kenya. However, in mid-May fine weather cannot be guaranteed in the Mediterranean, and the roads can vary from dry and very abrasive to wet, slippery and sometimes strewn with...

Page 38 of August 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, August 1990

Sainz's Antipodean Win

When Carlos Sainz and Luis Moya scored their first win World Championship victory by winning the Acropolis Rally in June, the unanimous comment was that it was an achievement which they had richly deserved for some time. They had amassed such a string of near-misses that it could only have been a matter of time before that elusive first place would be theirs. The Greek event must have given them...

Page 26 of December 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 26, December 1990

Sanremo Rally

Sainz and Sinners When Italy's Sanremo Rally ended in victory for Frenchmen Didier Auriol and Bernard Occelli in their Martini-backed works Lancia, it could not have been a surprise to them that theirs was a triumph which was overshadowed by another. Spanish pair Carlos Sainz and Luis Moya got their Toyota Celica GT4 into third place, Sainz thereby scoring just enough points to clinch the title...

Page 34 of October 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, October 1990

First non-Nordic driver to win

When the Safari Rally achieved world recognition and began to attract drivers from all over the globe, the visitors, even the most experienced and battle-hardened professionals found it very difficult indeed to beat the local crews. A special skill was required to do well on this event, and East African residents were so accustomed to local conditions and "reading the signs" that it was not until...

Page 21 of November 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 21, November 1990

Duel in the Sun

In the days when first Peugeot, then Lancia, dominated World Championship rallies, events late in the year were hard pressed to attract a good spread of worldwide entries. The championship had probably been settled earlier in the year; the leaders no doubt felt that budget conservation was more important than adding to an already unbeatable score; the others considered that competing just for...

Page 32 of September 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, September 1990

Lancia's Revenge

Originally, Toyota Team Europe's programme for 1990 was one with which the team could cope without any frantic scrambling to prepare cars for event after event, but when Carlos Sainz won the Acropolis Rally and became a real contender for the world title, all that changed. It was decided to back Sainz with as much effort as possible, and the team's primary object for the remainder of the year is...

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