71st Rally Motul Costa Brava

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The official poster of the 71st Rally Motul Costa Brava, which takes place on 16-19 March in Girona and opens the historic rally season for the European, Spanish and Catalan championships, commemorates the victory of Miki Biasion and Tiziano Siviero in the 1983 edition of the event.  Faithful to the tradition of recent years it pays tribute to the winners of forty years ago, when the pair were driving a Lancia 037.  The image is the work of Joan Aymamí, one of the great and well-known Spanish car photographers, who died last year, and serves as a tribute to his immense photographic heritage.  In addition, the poster also serves to recall Tiziano Siviero, who was recently the victim of a serious traffic accident.

Fittingly, Biasion has entered the event and will return to  the Catalan roads in a Lancia Rally 037 in Totip colours, for this 40th anniversary of his first victory there in 1983, a triumph he repeated in 1985, in the same car.   Turning it into a real celebration of the 037 model will be the presence of three more cars.  Enrico Bonaso and Alessandro Pasquale from Italy and the Hungarian Laszlo Mekler have already confirmed their entries in Lancia 037s.

In 2022, 181 teams from all over the continent participated in an event that also broke records for female participation, with 13 women drivers and 46 female co-drivers, and featured all the vehicles that wrote rally history, including Lancia Stratos, Audi Quattro, Lancia Rally 037 and Opel Manta 400, amongst many others. 

This year’s route will see some new features, with approximately 178 kilometres over 13 timed stages for the Sporting vehicles, and 168 kilometres and 12 stages for the Regularity and Legend vehicles.  See www.rallyclassics.org for info and entries.

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