From then on, this event was all about Ambrosino. Where Group A had restrictions such as the car models had to have production models, four doors, and limits on power and weight, Group B only needed production models, two seats, lowest weight, and no restrictions on boost. Driver Henri Toivonen’s Lancia Delta S4 flew off the side of the road seven kilometers into the rally stage. With his second world title sewn up, this event had the look of a victory parade for Sebastien Loeb. Autosport Awards Motorsport’s most prestigious awards.
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At his 14th attempt, this most British of Finns finally took the honours on his second-home rally.
Ford Sierra Cosworth – Santos – Portugal 89 (Trofeu)
Frequelin was driving with a neck brace, a legacy from an earlier shunt, but he still came through to win. The proposed Group S regulations were scrapped even though cars from Audi, Toyota, Lancia, and Opel had already been built.
Going into the final day of the event, he was leading his factory team-mate Miki Biasion comfortably. May 7 Nationality: Opel Kadett GSi Co-driver: After Joaquim Santos crashed his Ford RS into the crowd in Sintra, leaving three dead, the rally should have been cancelled.
Bernard Beguin Date of birth: April 2 Nationality: Lancia Delta Integrale Co-driver: A broken propshaft for Sainz sealed his fate and helped Airikkala to his moment of glory. Retrospective The greatest heist in F1 history. Ian Duncan Date of birth: The events after the Santos crash Santos’s car after the accident. Joaquim Moutinho Date of birth: Bernard Beguin only ever contested two rallies in the World Rally Championship: This was a mighty win for the likeable and quiet Italian.
What’s more, it’s not finished yet WRC.
The organisers were incapable of containing the masses of spectators who eally the stages and they agreed to cancel ssantos next six tests, but the rally continued for two more days. And, when second-leg leader Pascal Gaban’s Lancia hit trouble, Oreille’s super-reliable Renault was there to pick up the pieces. In Carlos Sainz’s hands and with a final Lamborghini tweak, Lancia’s unbeaten run on this rally since looked safe.
He flew through the open roads, controlling the rally from the front and leading from the seventh control until the 80th and final one, to win by an hour and a half.
Motorsport Jobs Browse the latest job vacancies. And he stayed there with a fabulously controlled drive in the face of joauim pressure and expectation. Unhappy with the situation, professional drivers from all works teams gathered at the 16th floor meeting room at Hotel Estoril Sol.
Group A went on to become very successful with stars such as Carlos Sainz, Didier Auriol and Colin Mcrae winning championships in the new era. September 30 Nationality: Opel Ascona Co-driver: It was the last success of this legendary car and the only world championship victory to have been notched up to date by a Portuguese driver.
Ford then decided to pull their remaining cars out of the rally. Audi and Ford withdrew immediately, and the remaining manufacturers mothballed their cars at the end of the season.
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Group B cars were banned in David Evans is the rallies editor of Autosport and Motorsport News. Upgrade to Autosport Plus today Get unlimited news, read in-depth premium features – in a completely ad-free environment. During the Portuguese Rally, rakly his Ford RS, driver Joaquim Santos attempted to avoid fans lining the road but ended up crashing into the crowd injuring 31 fans and killing three.
Stepping up from the Jolly Club to a full factory Martini-liveried ‘Deltona’, Aghini left Francois Delecour, Juha Kankkunen and co trailing in his wake as he scorched his way through the gravel roads of Umbria.