Motorstore Gallery star: The WRC's first drivers' champion

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Motorstore Gallery star: The WRC's first drivers' champion
Nov 6, 2017, 10:14 PM

Perhaps the most iconic place in the rallying world, Monte Carlo to this day is the most challenging event in the World Rally Championship.

From now on, you can look through our exclusive photo archives, pick the photos and frames you love, and display your favourite motorsport moments for all to see.

Our collection includes selected images spanning generations of racing’s finest moments across Formula 1, MotoGP, WRC or the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours.

Featured photo – Bjorn Waldegard 1979 Monte Carlo Rally

Traditionally held in January, the Monte Carlo Rally puts drivers to the test in different conditions such as snowy, icy, wet or dry asphalt – often changing on the same stage!

It was no different back in 1979, an important milestone for the WRC, as the Drivers' Championship was first introduced. Remarkably, that year already offered one of the closest rivalries ever: Bjorn Waldegard (pictured above) and Hannu Mikkola were just one point apart in the end.

Waldegard, one of the finest rally drivers of the 70s, missed out on winning Rally Monte-Carlo by six seconds with his Ford Escort RS1800 MKII that year, but a further six podiums and two wins were enough to win the first, and his only, WRC title.

Waldegard – who was twice in winner of the Monte pre-World Championship – sadly passed away in 2014, at the age of 70.

 
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Series WRC
Event Rally Monte Carlo
Sub-event Saturday
Drivers Bjorn Waldegard
Article type Special feature