Monday, 21 December 2009

Henri Toivonen

Toivonen was a true motorsport legend. Starting his career in circuit racing, he was successful in World Sportscars and even tested competetively for Formula One before making the move to rallying. In 1980 he won the WRC in a Lotus Sunbeam - the youngest champion the WRC had ever seen. He subsequently drove for Opel and Porsche before signing with Lancia. It was in a Lancia Delta S4 that he and his co-driver suffered a fatal accident in 1986, the circumstances of which are unknown, that - among other factors - led to the banning of Group B rallying.
This video demonstrates some of the drama of his flamboyant yet methodical driving style.