Jolly Club

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Jolly Club was an Italian racing team, which competed in the World Rally Championship and Formula 1, it was mainly connected to brands like Lancia and Alfa Romeo. It was created in 1957 in Milan by idea of Mario Angiolini,[1] the team won several championships. The team´s main sponsor was Totip so the cars used orange and green colors on their livery until the World Rally Championship 1996.

Carlos Sainz's and the Jolly Club team's 1993 Lancia Delta HF Integrale at the Lancia centenary celebrations in Turin in 2006.
Fiat 131 Abarth of Walter Rohrl, prepared by Jolly Club


The team's most successful drivers were:

  • Alessandro Fiorio, 8 races and World Champion 4WD Group N with a Lancia Delta in 1987.
  • Dario Cerrato, 41 runs between the European Championships and Italian and European Champion in 1985 with a Lancia 037.
  • Miki Biasion, 32 races in World Championships and European Jolly Club and twice world rally champion with Martini Racing, also won the 1983 European Championship and the Italian Championship.

The team also competed in other drivers like: Roberto Businello, Arnaldo Cavallari, Sandro Munari, Lele Pinto, Amilcare Balestrieri, Tony Carello, Andrea Zanussi, Gianfranco Cunico,Tonino Tognana Italian Rally Champion 1982 with a Ferrari 308 GTB, Adartico Vudafieri, Italian Rally Champion in 1984 and Michele Rayneri, winner of Gr.B class in 1987 with the same car,the Lancia 037. Many others srivers run with Jolly Club Team. The Jolly Club one of the most important rally teams from Italy, because it lets a lot of young drivers run.

After a bankruptcy in 1997 the Jolly Club closed.

In 2007, the Jolly Club was reborn in Florence, Italy, with the good idea from an Italian gentleman driver Andrea Guidi. The Mark is registered from 2007 in all European Community and now the Jolly Club, is an organization, TV. Media and Team for the Motorsport Passion in all world.


Initially Jolly Club cars were mainly Alfa Romeos. Between 1957 and 1963 was used: Alfa Giulietta, TI Giulia Super, GTV 1.6, GTA 1.6. From 1963 team collaborated with Autodelta development and career preparation GT Junior, AM GT, Alfa GTV 2.5 and 75 T. That same year began partnership with Lancia and Fiat Fulvia 2C developing and the Lancia Stratos HF, the team continued his collaboration with Abarth to develop the Fiat 131 Abarth,

Lancia Rally, Ritmo, Fiat Uno Turbo, Delta S4 and Delta 4WD. Apart from the rally also developed Formula 1 cars, F2, F3 and Formula Junior, where the team won several times.

The team also collaborated with other brands like Ferrari and Porsche developing prototypes. The Jolly Club team was active in other areas of the world of motor racing developed and planned, planned and financed the young hopefuls, led to the sponsors on their investments, built race cars, engines, parts, etc.

WRC results[edit]

Season Driver Vehicle Victories Final position Constructors championship
Jolly Club
1993[2]  ESP Carlos Sainz Lancia Delta HF Integrale 8 / 0 8th 5th
 ITA Andrea Aghini 5 / 0 14th
 URU Gustavo Trelles 4 / 0 9th
1991[2]  FRA Didier Auriol Lancia Delta Integrale 16V 11 / 1 3rd -


  1. ^ "Jolly Club: that cold and misty winter evening". lanciarally037. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b "1993 season data". Retrieved 2012-01-26. 

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