With Ford’s Escort RS , he established his reputation as a hard-charger on the RAC Rally by finishing third, despite rolling his car on the first day and dropping to th place. Indeed, Alen stunned everyone on his Stratos debut by winning the San Remo Rally — beating all the Italian heroes on their home ground. Back in the seventies, the Bertone-designed Stratos was a game-changer and very much the rally weapon of choice. This resulted in a “dream contract” with Fiat, with a very large salary. After getting a contract with the Finnish Volvo importer to drive the Volvo , he finished third at the Lakes in and
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It was a stunning performance that ignited a lasting love affair with the mid-engine missile. During the seasonFiat debuted the new Fiat Abarthwhich would prove to be a big improvement over its predecessor. The long-overdue switch, though, brought immediate success.
Even he was kept waiting, though. Fiat Collezione to model in fashion shows across Europe. Retrieved 30 October This resulted in a “dream contract” with Fiat, with a very large salary. CS1 Finnish-language sources fi CS1 maint: My only problem was Rqlly was so tall — I hit my head all the time.
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Moreover, he is said to have won 11 special stages in Sanremo although reliable sources mmarkku missing. This page was last edited on 9 Augustat By then, development had virtually stopped and the Italians were starting to plan for its successor, the equally awesome Group B-inspired Lancia — a car in which Alen was also a WRC winner.
Fiat Abarth Rallye. When I finally got to drive one, I realised how easy it was, especially on tarmac. Youngest Rally Winner 24 years, days Rallye de Portugal. We drove an Audi Sport Quattro in the Alps.
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With Ford’s Escort RShe established his reputation as a hard-charger on the RAC Rally by finishing third, despite rolling his car on the first day and dropping to th place. Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved 10 November The Finnish legend, a winner of 19 WRC rounds, is one of the lucky men to mark,u raced the stunning Ferrari Dino V6-hearted icon in its glorious heyday.
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After getting a contract with the Finnish Volvo importer to drive the Volvohe rqlly third at the Lakes in and Autosport International Rally Driver Award Suomen Moottoriurheilumuseo in Finnish. He won another three events the following yearculminating in an emotional first victory in the RAC, an event he had been trying to win for fifteen years.
This effectively marked the end of his career as a top-line rally driver.