Rallye Sanremo

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Rallye Sanremo is a rally competition held in Sanremo, Italy. Except for the 1995 event, the event was part of the FIA World Rally Championship schedule from the 1973 season to the 2003 season. Currently, it is a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and the Italian national rally championship.

History[edit]

Markku Alén's 1978 Sanremo -winning Lancia Stratos HF.

The first "Rallye Internazionale di Sanremo" was held in 1928. The rally name's French word "rallye", as opposed to Italian "rally", was inspired by Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo. After another successful rally in 1929, the event was given to new organizers who decided to set up a street race through the town of Sanremo instead. The first one, 1° Circuito Automobilistico Sanremo, was held in 1937 and won by Achille Varzi. Rallye Sanremo was restarted in 1961 as Rallye dei Fiori ("Rally of the Flowers") and has been held every year since.[1]

From 1970 to 1972, Rallye Sanremo was part of the International Championship for Manufacturers. From 1973 to 2003, the rally was on the World Rally Championship schedule, except for 1995 when the event was only part of the FIA 2-Litre World Championship for Manufacturers.[2] The rally became the centre of controversy in 1986 after the stewards disqualified the factory Peugeot team at the end of the third day for using illegal side skirts, handing the victory to Lancia. Peugeot had used the same configuration in earlier rallies without any scrutineering problems and had also passed pre-rally scrutineering. Peugeot appealed but the organizers did not allow the team to continue the rally. FIA later confirmed that the exclusion had been illegal as the Peugeot cars were legal, and decided to annul the results of the whole event.[3]

Rallye Sanremo was originally a mixed surface event (tarmac and gravel) but from 1997 on it was organized as an all-tarmac rally. After being dropped from the WRC schedule (in favor of Rally di Sardegna in 2004), Rallye Sanremo has been part of the Italian Rally Championship. Since 2006, it has also been a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Winners[edit]

Season Event Driver Car
1928 Rallye Internazionale di Sanremo Romania Ernest Urdareanu Fiat 520
1929 Rallye Internazionale di Sanremo Romania Ernest Urdareanu Fiat 521
1961 1º Rallye dei Fiori Italy Mario De Villa Alfa Romeo Giulietta
1962 2º Rallye dei Fiori Italy Piero Frescobaldi Lancia Flavia
1963 3º Rallye dei Fiori Italy Franco Patria Lancia Flavia Coupè
1964 4º Rallye dei Fiori Sweden Erik Carlsson Saab 96 Sport
1965 5º Rallye dei Fiori Italy Leo Cella Lancia Fulvia 2C
1966 6º Rallye dei Fiori Italy Leo Cella Lancia Fulvia HF
1967 7º Rallye dei Fiori France Jean-François Piot Renault Gordini
1968 8º Rallye di Sanremo Finland Pauli Toivonen Porsche 911
1969 9º Rallye di Sanremo Sweden Harry Källström Lancia Fulvia HF
1970 1º Sanremo-Sestriere – Rally d'Italia France Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine-Renault A110 1600
1971 2º Sanremo-Sestriere – Rally d'Italia Sweden Ove Andersson Alpine-Renault A110 1600
1972 14º Rallye Sanremo Italy Amilcare Ballestrieri Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF
1973 15º Rallye Sanremo France Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine-Renault A110 1800
1974 16º Rallye Sanremo Italy Sandro Munari Lancia Stratos HF
1975 17º Rallye Sanremo Sweden Björn Waldegård Lancia Stratos HF
1976 18º Rallye Sanremo Sweden Björn Waldegård Lancia Stratos HF
1977 19º Rallye Sanremo France Jean-Claude Andruet Fiat 131 Abarth
1978 20º Rallye Sanremo Finland Markku Alén Lancia Stratos HF
1979 21º Rallye Sanremo Italy Antonio Fassina Lancia Stratos HF
1980 22º Rallye Sanremo Germany Walter Röhrl Fiat 131 Abarth
1981 23º Rallye Sanremo France Michèle Mouton Audi Quattro
1982 24º Rallye Sanremo Sweden Stig Blomqvist Audi Quattro
1983 25º Rallye Sanremo Finland Markku Alén Lancia 037 Rally
1984 26º Rallye Sanremo Finland Ari Vatanen Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
1985 27º Rallye Sanremo Germany Walter Röhrl Audi Quattro S1
1986 28º Rallye Sanremo[1] Finland Markku Alén Lancia Delta S4
1987 29º Rallye Sanremo Italy Miki Biasion Lancia Delta HF 4WD
1988 30º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia Italy Miki Biasion Lancia Delta Integrale
1989 31º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia Italy Miki Biasion Lancia Delta Integrale 16V
1990 32º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia France Didier Auriol Lancia Delta Integrale 16V
1991 33º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia France Didier Auriol Lancia Delta Integrale 16V
1992 34º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia Italy Andrea Aghini Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1993 35º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia Italy Franco Cunico Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1994 36º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia France Didier Auriol Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
1995 37º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia Italy Piero Liatti Subaru Impreza 555
1996 38º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia United Kingdom Colin McRae Subaru Impreza 555
1997 39º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia United Kingdom Colin McRae Subaru Impreza WRC 97
1998 40º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia Finland Tommi Mäkinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V
1999 41º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia Finland Tommi Mäkinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI
2000 42º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia France Gilles Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC
2001 43º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia France Gilles Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC
2002 44º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia France Gilles Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC
2003 45º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d'Italia France Sébastien Loeb Citroën Xsara WRC
2004 46º Rallye Sanremo Italy Renato Travaglia Peugeot 206 XS S1600
2005 47º Rallye Sanremo Italy Alessandro Perico Renault Clio S1600
2006 48º Rallye Sanremo Italy Paolo Andreucci Fiat Grande Punto S2000
2007 49º Rallye Sanremo Italy Luca Rossetti Peugeot 207 S2000
2008 50º Rallye Sanremo Italy Giandomenico Basso Abarth Grande Punto S2000
2009 51º Rallye Sanremo United Kingdom Kris Meeke Peugeot 207 S2000
2010 52º Rallye Sanremo Italy Paolo Andreucci Peugeot 207 S2000
2011 53º Rallye Sanremo Belgium Thierry Neuville Peugeot 207 S2000
2012 54º Rallye Sanremo Italy Giandomenico Basso Ford Fiesta RRC
2013 55º Rallye Sanremo Italy Giandomenico Basso Peugeot 207 S2000
2014 56º Rallye Sanremo Italy Umberto Scandola Škoda Fabia S2000
1 FIA later annulled the results of the 1986 event.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Una storia quasi ottantennale (PDF)". Automobile Club Sanremo (in Italian). Retrieved 2007-02-09. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Rallye Sanremo / Rallye d'Italia Roll of Honour". RallyBase. Retrieved 2007-02-09. 
  3. ^ "San Remo 1986". World Rally Archive. Retrieved 2007-02-09. 

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