Motor rallying ...
SV PAN Car No. 85 driving around bend on dirt road, during Codasur rally through Six Latin American Countries
SV & CU Villagers watch from hillside and horseback (2 shots)
LV & PAN Car No. 61 down dirt road
SV Spectators watch as Car No. 17 rounds bend on sealed road in the hills (2 shots)
CU PAN Car No.18 passes crowd
LV Crowds on stand at the finish line
LV & CU Walter Rohrl's Car No. 2, Fiat 131, surrounded by crowds as it ends rally (2 shots)
SV & CU Crowd applauds as the two winning drivers Walter Rohrl and Christian Geistdorfer wave to crowd at San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina (3 shots)
SV & CU Crowd applauds as the first three teams drink champagne on dais (3 shots)
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: Motor rallying ... and Walter Rohrl of West Germany beat nearly a hundred other drivers on Friday (25 July) when he won the gruelling Codasur motor rally in Argentina. Ruhrl and his co-driver Christian Geistdorfer were driving a Fiat 131. Second in the 1980 rally was Hannu Mikkola of Finland in a Mercedes Benz, and in third place was Carlos Reutemann of Argentina driving a Fiat Abarth.
SYNOPSIS: Ricardo Menendez Hume (number 85) drives his Subaru back towards the finishing line after a marathon seven-thousand kilometre drive through six Latin American countries and over some very rough terrain. Following Menendez Hume is Victor Solmi (number 61) of Argentina driving his Citroen GS ...
And another local driver Enrique Lavalle (number 17) of Chile in a Fiat 125. The first two stages of the event took the competitors north into Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. The cars then swung west into Chile before completing the course over the rugged roads of the Andes mountains to the finish at San Miguel de Tucuman in Argentina.
Walter Rohrl wins the rally in his Fiat 131 and leads in the World Championship placings with a total of sixty-eight points. He has been described as one of the world's fastest rally drivers, and never has been outclassed since he started his career. He has always been right up front or never finished at all because of engine trouble. Five world titles and one European championship are the highlights of his career.
Rohrl has a style of driving which demands powers of concentration and strength and he has no lack of either quality. His next ambition is to become world motor rally champion this year.