Sandro Munari

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Sandro Munari
Personal information
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1940-03-27) 27 March 1940 (age 74)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 19731984
Teams Lancia
Rallies 36
Championships 1 (1977)
Rally wins 7
Podiums 14
Stage wins 91
Total points 7
First rally 1973 Monte Carlo Rally
First win 1974 San Remo Rally
Last win 1977 Monte Carlo Rally
Last rally 1984 Safari Rally

Sandro Munari (born 27 March 1940) is a former motor racing and rally driver from Italy.

Career[edit]

Munari with a Group 5 Lancia Stratos Turbo in 2005.

Born at Cavarzere, Veneto, Sandro Munari began rallying in 1965 and won the Italian Rally Championship in 1967 and 1969, adding the European Rally Championship title in 1973. In 1972 he won the Targa Florio sports car endurance race, partnering Arturo Merzario in a works Ferrari 312PB. Also in 1972 Munari claimed his first major rally victory, winning the Monte Carlo Rally in a works Lancia Fulvia.

He was to become synonymous with another of Lancia's rally icons, the Lancia Stratos HF, and the partnership of Italian car and Italian driver scooped a further Monte Carlo Rally hat-trick in the mid-1970s, among a total of seven World Rally Championship victories. Munari also won the 1977 FIA Cup for Rally Drivers title. Later in his career he competed with a Fiat 131 Abarth, finishing third at the 1978 Tour de Corse and sixth at the 1980 Rallye Côte d'Ivoire. His last WRC appearances were at the Safari Rally, which he contested from 1981 to 1984, but retired each time.

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Points
1973 Lancia Italia Lancia Fulvia HF MON
Ret
SWE POR KEN MOR GRE POL FIN AUT ITA USA GBR FRA N/A N/A
1974 Lancia Italia Lancia Fulvia HF MON
C
SWE
C
POR KEN
3
GRE
C
FIN N/A N/A
Lancia Stratos HF ITA
1
CAN
1
USA
Ret
GBR
3
FRA
Ret
1975 Lancia Alitalia Lancia Stratos HF MON
1
SWE KEN
2
GRE MOR POR FIN ITA
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
N/A N/A
1976 Lancia Alitalia Lancia Stratos HF MON
1
SWE POR
1
KEN
Ret
GRE MOR
3
FIN ITA
2
FRA
1
GBR
4
N/A N/A
1977 Lancia Alitalia Lancia Stratos HF MON
1
SWE POR KEN
3
NZL GRE FIN CAN ITA
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
25
1st 31
1978 Lancia Pirelli Lancia Stratos HF MON
Ret
SWE KEN GBR
Ret
NC 0
Alitalia Fiat Fiat 131 Abarth POR
Ret
GRE
Ret
FIN CAN ITA
Ret
CIV FRA
3
1979 Alitalia Fiat Fiat 131 Abarth MON SWE POR KEN
10
GRE NZL FIN CAN ITA FRA GBR CIV 73rd 1
1980 Sandro Munari Fiat 131 Abarth MON SWE POR KEN GRE ARG FIN NZL ITA FRA GBR CIV
6
36th 6
1981 Sandro Munari Dodge Ramcharger MON SWE POR KEN
Ret
FRA GRE ARG BRA FIN ITA CIV GBR NC 0
1982 Sandro Munari Porsche 911 SC MON SWE POR KEN
Ret
FRA GRE NZL BRA FIN ITA CIV GBR NC 0
1983 Autodelta Alfa Romeo GTV6 MON SWE POR KEN
Ret
FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN ITA CIV GBR NC 0
1984 International Casino Toyota Celica Twincam Turbo MON SWE POR KEN
Ret
FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN ITA CIV GBR NC 0

WRC victories[edit]

  #   Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Italy 16º Rallye Sanremo 1974 Mario Mannucci Lancia Stratos HF
2 Canada 3rd Rally Rideau Lakes 1974 Mario Mannucci Lancia Stratos HF
3 Monaco 43ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 1975 Mario Mannucci Lancia Stratos HF
4 Monaco 44ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 1976 Silvio Maiga Lancia Stratos HF
5 Portugal 10º Rallye de Portugal Vinho do Porto 1976 Silvio Maiga Lancia Stratos HF
6 France 20ème Tour de Corse 1976 Silvio Maiga Lancia Stratos HF
7 Monaco 45ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 1977 Silvio Maiga Lancia Stratos HF

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Leo Cella
Italian Rally Champion
1967
Succeeded by
Arnaldo Cavallari
Preceded by
Arnaldo Cavallari
Italian Rally Champion
1969
Succeeded by
Alcide Paganelli
Preceded by
Raffaele Pinto
European Rally Champion
1973
Succeeded by
Walter Röhrl
Preceded by
None
FIA Cup for Rally Drivers
Champion

1977
Succeeded by
Markku Alén
Records
Preceded by
Jean-Luc Thérier
4 wins
(19731984)
Most Rally wins
7 wins,

5th at the 1976 Rallye de Portugal
Succeeded by
Björn Waldegård
11 wins,
8th at the 1979 Acropolis Rally