Favourite Sandro Munari, of Italy, had to drop out of the 1978 Monte Carlo Rally on Monday (23 January) when his Lancia Stratos was unable to complete the special speed test between Gap and Monaco.
Favourite Sandro Munari, of Italy, had to drop out of the 1978 Monte Carlo Rally on Monday (23 January) when his Lancia Stratos was unable to complete the special speed test between Gap and Monaco. The rally is proving to be the toughest ever, with the weather ranging from heavy snow to freezing rain and ice.
SYNOPSIS: Keeping well up with the leaders...the European Women's champions, Michele Mouton and Francoise Conconi of France, in a Lancia Stratos.
Going all out for a record fifth win in the Rally...favourite Sandro Munari, of italy. But his Lancia Stratos was plagued with problems on the special speed test.
Heavy snow and deteriorating weather have already forced the cancellation of two classic stages in this year's rally. The weather has also meant that the expected supremacy of the big Italian companies, Fiat and Lancia, has been thwarted. And two men died when their service car was involved in a collision during the speed test.
Trouble during the speed test came early for the favourite, Munari. His first problem came when his accelerator cable snapped.
So far, the rally has been a gruelling slog, and even before it got under way, the organisers were saying it would be the toughest on record. Munari -- in number one -- managed to get his car back on the road ...but then he had ???rbox trouble, and had to pull out. At the monaco checkpoint, the contestants were greeted by bright sunshine. That's Jean-Pierre Nicolas checking in...he finished fifth, driving a Porsche. Only 60 seconds separated the top half dozen cars as they came in.
Holding fourth place....Fulvio Bacchelli in a Lancia.
And the women's European champions, Michele Mouton and Francoise Conconi, ended well-placed in the top 10.