Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 "Maximum Attack" - 1985 1000 Lakes Rally
Stig Blomqvist and Hannu Mikkola flying through the finish country side in there Audi Sport Quattro E2's. Stig would go on to finish the rally in 2nd place while Hannu retired his sport quattro after a troubled rally. Group B rally.
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For the 1980 season, the 1000 Lakes Rally lost its status as a world
championship event for manufacturers, running for the first and last time
only as a world drivers' championship event. The rally saw the return of
the short Harju asphalt stage held in the center of Jyväskylä. Although
the rally became the first in the world to issue action and safety
instructions in 1980, several serious accidents marred the event in the
early 1980s. At the 1981 rally, Austrian driver Franz Wittmann lost control
of his Audi Quattro after the finish line of the fourth stage and crashed
into five end-of-stage officials. Raul Falin, the chairman of
AKK-Motorsport, died of his injuries soon after reaching the hospital. In
1983, Pekka Mällinen slid off the road on a fast curve, rolled twice and
crashed into a thick pine tree. The accident killed his co-driver Reijo
Nygren. At the 1984 rally, British driver Julian Roderick lost control of
his car on a popular spectator area in the Humalamäki jumpers. He rolled
his car several times and hit a wall of people who had been spectating in a
forbidden area. Along with Roderick and his co-driver, nine spectators
suffered non-critical injuries.
The Audi Quattro S1 used by Hannu Mikkola during tests for the 1985 rally
Although the 1000 Lakes continued to be dominated by Nordic drivers, David
Richards became the third British co-driver to celebrate the win in 1981.
In 1982, the pre-rally scrutineering was moved to the newly built
Jyväskylän jäähalli (Jyväskylä Ice Hall). All over 150 contestants
passed the inspection. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden arrived to follow the
event and a record 450 reporters were present. Audi took a one-two with its
factory drivers Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist. The 1983 rally featured a
field of 180 cars, over a hundred of which failed to make it to the finish.
Mikkola edged out Blomqvist to extend the event record to a still-standing
seven wins. Mikkola's time on the 24.5-kilometre Ouninpohja stage was
11:56; 52 seconds faster than his
time just four years ago. In 1984, over half a million spectators were
expected and about 5,000 marshals were appointed. Vatanen won the event and
Peugeot continued their success in the last two Group B years, as Timo
Salonen drove to victory in 1985 and 1986.
The 1985 event marked the first time the drivers' world championship had
been decided in Finland; Salonen captured the title with three rallies to
go.In 1986, the route was modified to bring the average speeds closer to
the FISA limit of 110 km/h. The top drivers exceeded the limit almost
regularly, but FISA had given the organizers a 10 percent flexibility.
Combined with their dislike for the slower Group A cars, drivers were
highly critical of the organizers for artificially slowing the rally in
1987. A record 214 drivers signed up for the 1988 event and 200 were
qualified to start by the organizers. Albert II, Prince of Monaco arrived
to follow the event and was scheduled to drive a few stages in an ex-Alén
Lancia. In one of the tightest duels in the event's history, Toyota's Juha
Kankkunen led Lancia's Markku Alén by just two seconds after 33 of the 39
stages. Kankkunen's engine failed on the next stage, and Alén became the
first driver to win the same WRC round six times. As a taste of what was to
come, only two Finnish drivers made it into top ten. In 1989, Mikael
Ericsson of Sweden drove to victory as the first non-Finn in 18 years
Audi Quattro - Group B, the Days of Madness
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Group B was introduced by the FIA in 1982 as replacement for both Group 4
(modified grand touring) and Group 5 (touring prototypes) cars.
Group A referred to production-derived vehicles limited in terms of power,
weight, allowed technology and overall cost. The base model had to be mass
produced (5000 units/year) and had to have 4 seats. Group A was aimed at
ensuring a large number of privately-owned entries in races.
By contrast, Group B had few restrictions on technology, design and the
number of cars required for homologation to compete—200, less than other
series. Weight was kept as low as possible, high-tech materials were
permitted, and there were no restrictions on Boost, which turned out to mean almost
unlimited power. The category was aimed at car manufacturers by promising
outright competition victories and the subsequent publicity opportunities
without the need for an existing production model. There was also a Group
C, which had a similarly lax approach to chassis and engine development,
but with strict rules on overall weight and maximum fuel load.
Group B was initially a very successful concept, with many manufacturers
joining the premier World Rally Championship, and increased spectator
numbers. But the cost of competing quickly rose, and the performance of the
cars proved too much, resulting in a series of fatal crashes. As a
consequence Group B was cancelled at the end of 1986 and Group A
regulations became the standard for all cars until the advent of World
Rally Cars in 1997.
In the following years Group B found a niche in the European Rallycross
Championship, with cars such as the MG Metro 6R4 and the Ford RS200
competing as late as 1992. For 1993, the FIA replaced the Group B models
with prototypes that had to be based on existing Group A cars, but still
followed the spirit of Group B, with low weight, 4WD, high turboBoost
pressure and staggering amounts of power.
Einmal im Jahr geht es am Pikes Peak rund. Die bewegte Geschichte des "Race
to the Clouds". In den Hauptrollen: Walter Röhrl und der Audi Sport
Quattro S1 beim Pikes Peak.
Group B Rally "The Sound"
A tribute to the sights and sound of the Group B rally cars. Turn up your
speakers and enjoy.
Thanks to Helmut Deimel, Jeff Lehale.