Motorstore Gallery star: The WRC's first drivers' champion
Perhaps the most iconic place in the rallying world, Monte Carlo to this day is the most challenging event in the World Rally Championship.
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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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