Drivers in Mercedes 500 SLCs took top honours in the Ivory Coast car rally, which ended in Abidjan on Sunday (14 December).
GV Tracking shot Ivory Coast countryside.
GVs Along road. (2 SHOTS)
GV Car No.8 (Mercedes 500 SLC) driven by Sweden's Bjorn Waldegaard through village.
GV Car No.15 (Mercedes 500 SLC) driven by Argentina's Jorgen Racalde.
SV Crowd looking on
GV Car No.8 driving through countryside, followed by car No.12 (Peugeot) driven by Ivory Coast's Alain Ambrosino.
GVs Crowd look on as car No.9 (Toyota Celica) driven by Ivory Coast's Samir Assef moves along road. (2 SHOTS)
GV TILT DOWN Car No.15 entering rostrum and receiving applause as cameramen look on. (3 SHOTS)
SVs Car No.12 enters rostrum to cheers from crowd and champagne poured over bonnet as car drives off. (3 SHOTS)
GVs & SVs Winning car No.8 entering rostrum to cheers as champagne poured over car. (4 SHOTS)
SPORT: MOTOR RALLY
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Background: Drivers in Mercedes 500 SLCs took top honours in the Ivory Coast car rally, which ended in Abidjan on Sunday (14 December). The five day competition, formerly called the Bandama Rally, was the final event in the world cup season. Sweden's Bjorn Waldegaard finished first, followed by Argentina's Jorgan Recalde.
SYNOPSIS: The 5,300 kilometre (3,00 mile) course took the competitors through much of he countryside in this West African state. Most cars stood up well under the harsh conditions, but an early casualty of the rally was Finland's Hannu Mikkola, who was forced to abandon after leading for the first three days. The eventual winner of the contest was Swedish driver, Bjorn Waldegaard, who with co-driver, Hans Thorszelius, completed the course in 63 hours and six minutes. They're seen here in action in car number eight.
In car number 15, the Argentine driver, Jorgen Recalde, in a Mercedes 500 SLC finished an hour and 11 minutes behind to take second place. A local Ivory Coast entrant, Alain Ambrosino, in the number 12 Peugeto came third, a further hour behind Recalde.
Samir Assef, another Ivory Coast competitor, driving the number nine Toyota Celica finished fourth, contributing to a strong local showing in the event. But, the applause was reserved for the top three. That's Jorgen Recalde's number 15, which came second.
Although Ivory Coast team driver, Alain Ambrosino, came third in his number 12 Peugeot his impressive performance was greeted with cheers and the traditional champagne treatment from local motor rallying enthusiasts.
It's been a good year for the Scandinavians in motor rallying. Finland's Henri Tiovonen, led the way last month by winning the international Lombard R.A.C. rally in Britain. This month Sweden's Bjorn Waldegaard drove his number eight Mercedes to glory as the winner of the 1980 Ivory Coast rally.