Sandro Munari of Friday morning (28 Jan) became the first Italian to win a Monte Carlo rally.
MVs Car No.6 at checkpoint and away (3 shots)
SV Girl at checkpoint
SV Car No.14 arriving at checkpoint, CU driver and MV car away (3 shots)
SV TILT UP Car No.17 at checkpoint - crowds watch (2 shots)
LV PAN Car No.5 down snow covered road - crowds watch (2 shots)
LV PAN Car No.14 ditto
LV PAN Car No.4 ditto
MV Crowds at finish
GV Cars arrive at finish, mobbed by crowd (2 shots)
MV Car No.14 surrounded by crowd (2 shots)
SCU Winning drivers open bottle of champagne over crowd
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SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: Sandro Munari of Friday morning (28 Jan) became the first Italian to win a Monte Carlo rally.
The Jubilant Munari -- driving a Lancia -- sprayed a welcoming crowd with victory champagne as he was declared the winner of the 1972 event.
Second was Gerard Larousse of France in a Porsche 9115.
The final mountain test took its toll on the Alpine Renaults -- which looked certain to be placed when the test began. All dropped out with mechanical failures.
SYNOPSIS: The closing stages of the Monte Carlo Rally -- and one of the ill-fated Alpine Renaults which looked certain to be placed in the rally. This one, driven by Jean-Claude Andruet of France dropped out with mechanical trouble.
The car that was to win the rally -- a Lancia driven by Sandro Munari of Italy. The co-driver was Mannucci Mario.
The Alpine Renault driven by Bernard Darniche of France was to experience gearbox failure.
Negotiating treacherous snow on the final stage of the rally -- a Japanese Datsun driven by Rauno Aaltonen and Jean Todt. It was to finish third.
The winning car again: the Lancias performed well in the freezing conditions.
The second place-getters: Gerard Larrousse and Jean-Claude Perramond in a Porsche.
The rally ended on the quayside at Monte Carlo in the early hours of Friday morning. Ten of the 34 cars competing in the final trial didn't complete the course But there was an enthusiastic reception for Sandro Munari -- the first Italian to win a Monte Carlo rally.
And the jubilant Italian crew shared their victory champagne with their hundreds of wellwishers.