Andrea Aghini

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Andrea Aghini
Personal information
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1963-12-29) December 29, 1963 (age 50)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 19862000
Teams Peugeot, Jolly Club, Lancia, Toyota, H.F. Grifone, Mitsubishi
Rallies 26
Championships 0
Rally wins 1
Podiums 5
Stage wins 23
Total points 117
First rally 1986 Rallye Sanremo
First win 1992 Rallye Sanremo
Last win 1992 Rallye Sanremo
Last rally 2000 Rallye Sanremo

Andrea Aghini Lombardi (born 29 December 1963 in Livorno, Tuscany[1]) is an Italian rally driver. He won the 1992 Rallye Sanremo and took four other podium finishes in the World Rally Championship from 1992 to 1995. In 1992, he also won the Race of Champions, after beating Carlos Sainz in the semi-final and Colin McRae in the final.[2]

Career[edit]

Aghini began his rallying career on national events with a Peugeot 205 GTI in 1984.[1] He debuted in the World Rally Championship driving a Renault 5 GT Turbo at his home event, the Rallye San Remo, in 1986. He retired from the rally after a turbo problem, but two years later, he won the Group N class of the event. For the 1991 season, Aghini got a contract with the Lancia-supported Jolly Club team for two WRC events; the Sanremo and the Rally Catalunya. He drove his Delta Integrale 16V to fifth place in both rallies, taking his first drivers' world championship points.

These results earned Aghini a drive with Martini Racing, Lancia's factory team, for the following season. He finished sixth at the Tour de Corse, and then edged out his team-mate Juha Kankkunen to take his first and only world rally win in Sanremo. Aghini's second podium finish followed in Catalunya. After Lancia withdrew from the WRC, he moved back to Jolly Club to partner defending world champion Carlos Sainz. His only podium finish of the season came at the Rally Portugal, where he took third place behind Ford's François Delecour and Miki Biasion.

In 1994, Aghini partnered Kankkunen and Didier Auriol at the Toyota factory team in a few events and finished third at the Tour de Corse with a Celica Turbo 4WD. He repeated this feat in the 1995 season, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 3 for the Team Mitsubishi Ralliart. With consistent results, he also equalled his career-best seventh place in the drivers' championship from 1992. Aghini then became less active in the WRC. He won the Italian Rally Championship with a Toyota Corolla WRC in 1998 and 1999. In 1998, he also finished runner-up in the European Rally Championship.[3]

Results[edit]

WRC results[edit]

[1]

Year Team/Entrant Car WRC Round WDC Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1986 Privateer Renault 5 GT Turbo MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA
RET
GBR USA 0
1987 Privateer Peugeot 205 GTI MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE USA NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA
RET
GBR 0
1988 Peugeot Talbot Sport Peugeot 309 GTI MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE USA NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA
12
GBR 0
1989 Peugeot Team Italia Peugeot 405 Mi16 SWE MON POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS CIV ITA
RET
GBR 0
1991 Jolly Club Lancia Delta Integrale 16V MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA
5
CIV ESP
5
GBR 14th 16
1992 Martini Lancia Lancia Delta HF Integrale MON SWE POR
RET
KEN FRA
6
GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA
1
CIV ESP
3
GBR
10
7th 39
1993 Jolly Club Lancia Delta HF Integrale MON
RET
SWE POR
3
KEN FRA
RET
GRE
4
ARG NZL FIN AUS ITA
RET
ESP GBR 14th 22
1994 Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD MON POR
RET
KEN FRA
3
GRE ARG NZL FIN 14th 12
HF Grifone ITA
RET
GBR
1995 Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III MON
6
SWE POR FRA
3
NZL AUS ESP
5
GBR 7th 26
1997 HF Grifone Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 MON SWE KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRE NZL FIN INA ITA
7
AUS GBR 0
1998 HF Grifone Toyota Corolla WRC MON SWE KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRE NZL FIN ITA
9
AUS GBR 0
1999 HF Grifone Toyota Corolla WRC MON SWE KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRE NZL FIN CHN ITA
5
AUS GBR 18th 2
2000 Ralliart Italia Mitsubishi Carisma GT MON SWE KEN POR ESP ARG
RET
GRE NZL FIN CYP FRA ITA
15
AUS GBR 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hope-Frost, Henry; Davenport, John (2004). The Complete Book of the World Rally Championship. Saint Paul, Minnesota: MotorBooks International. p. 62. ISBN 0-7603-1954-5. 
  2. ^ "1992 Canary Islands". Race of Champions. Retrieved 2008-11-04. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Andrea Aghini". RallyBase. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Juha Kankkunen
Race of Champions
Champion of Champions

1992
Succeeded by
Didier Auriol
Preceded by
Timo Salonen
Race of Champions
Rally Master

1995
Succeeded by
Flavio Alonso