Fresh from their triumph in Corsica, "Pedro" and Marco Verdello took their Lancia 037 to victory in the Rally Costa Brava, Girona. Having suffered a puncture in the very first stage that lost them over 30 seconds, they fought their way into the lead on the first stage of the second day, and left the second-placed 911 Carrera RS of Antonio Sainz-Javier Martínez-Catta 1min.43secs in arrears at the end of the two-day event. The win for “Pedro” marks the culmination of a brilliant season for the Italian Lancia driver. Having taken eight consecutive wins, he was proclaimed FIA Category 4 Champion.
The Galician crew of Xesús Ferreiro and Xabi Anido, leaders on Friday’s stages, looked set to consolidate second place, but an off in their Porsche on the second pass through the Les Serres stage on day two forced them into retirement. Fortunately, they had already amassed enough points in the Spanish Championship to retain the National title despite the DNF.
Regularity FIA-repeat win for Raffaello Raimondo and Marco Maria Calegari
Heading the leaderboard from the first special stage Carles Miró and Jesus Arriezu (Porsche 924 Turbo) had ambitions in the FIA Regularity category, but soon found that it would not be easy. The SEAT drivers, Fernando Blanco and Juan Carlos Andres Gomez (SEAT 124-2000), overtook them in the points and, Victor Sagi (Porsche 911-S) was also making a bid for first place until the emergence, as a year earlier, of the Italian team of Raimondo/Calegari (Porsche 911-T), who eventually took the lead and held it to the end finishing just two points ahead of Sagi, with Miro /Arriezu finishing third. There was an excellent atmosphere in this class, which featured an official team of seven SEAT Cars from the museum.
For detailed stories of these events, see our December issue