West German, Walter Rohrl won the tough Ivory Coast motor rally on November 1 to become unbeatable as the new World Rally Champion.
GV West German Walter Rohrl (No. 4) in his Opel
SV Group of spectators along rally route
GV PAN Car No. 6 driven by Per Eklund and Ragnar Spjuth
AERIAL Vs/SV Winner (No. 4) driving up to finish (3 shots)
SV PAN Car No. 6 coming in at second place, on to ramp
SV Car No. 3 driven by Bjorn Waldegard and Hans Thorszelius coming up at third place
TV/GVs Car No. 8 driven by B. Saby and D. Le Saux coming on to ramp (3 shots)
GV/TV Car No. 8 leaving ramp (2 shots)
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Background: West German, Walter Rohrl won the tough Ivory Coast motor rally on November 1 to become unbeatable as the new World Rally Champion. Until the final section of the five-day 5,000-kilometre (3,100-mile) event Rohrl's Opel Ascona hung back in second place behind the Audi of championship rival Frenchwoman Michele Mouton. But on the final Yamoussokro to Abidjan leg, Mouton and co-driver Fabrizia Pons rolled the four-wheel drive Audi Quattro out of the rally. The accident gave Rohrl and his partner Christian Geistdorfer a clear lead to finish the final leg in eight hours and 43 minutes. One and a half hours later Sweden;s Per Eklund with co-driver Ragnar Spjuth came in for second place in their Toyota Celica. Third place also went to Sweden and Toyota Celica with Bjorn Waldegard and co-driver Hans Thorszelius finishing in 11 hours exactly. Despite one remaining event in the motor rally season, the victory put Rohrl so far ahead on points that he cannot be beaten for the title and Michele Mouton is almost certain to be championship runner-up.