Swedish driver Harry Kallstrom, in a works Italian Lancia, car number 14, was confirmed winner on Wednesday (18 November) of the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) rally of Great Britain, and fellow countryman Ove Eriksson in an Opel was second.
Swedish driver Harry Kallstrom, in a works Italian Lancia, car number 14, was confirmed winner on Wednesday (18 November) of the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) rally of Great Britain, and fellow countryman Ove Eriksson in an Opel was second. But hours after Britain's premier motor rally ended near London Airport, there was confusion as officials argued over the final placings.
The confusion following the 2,300 mile (3,700 km) rally was caused by the misidentification of a French driver, Jean-Luc Therier. Earlier Wednesday night, RAC officials announced that Therier in an Alpine Renault had finished third. But Therier was caught in the mud in the rally's final special speed stage. The Alpine which crossed the finish line belonged to his team mate, Andrew Cowan of Scotland.
The RAC finally announced that the Swedes had taken the top four placings, with Lillebrok Nasenius in an Opel, third, and Jan Henrokssen in an Opel, taking fourth place.
Fifth was Cowan and sixth was Gerard Larousse of France, in a Porsche.
The results mean that Alpine fails to win the 1970 European Rally championships from Porsche. Alpine needed to be placed either first, second or third to win. Therier was towed across the finish line which meant that his efforts in the five-day race ended in disqualification.
The rally saw a tremendous success for the West German Opels. This gave the Swedish-entered team of modified saloons an outstanding victory in the Rally's team award, over the race-bred cars of Porsche, Alpine and Ford.