Miki Biasion to drive Super Delta HF Integrale at Rallyday 2018
Double World Rally Champion Miki Biasion will get back in a Lancia for Rallyday 2018, to help celebrate 30 years of the Delta Integrale
Rallyday, hosted at the UK’s Castle Combe circuit, is always an event worth attending. It’s one of the few events where fans can see historic and current world rally machines driven in anger. Making the 2018 instalment even more exciting will be the attendance of double World Rally Champion Miki Biasion.
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Back in the 1980s, Biasion caught the eye of the works Lancia rally outfit and was offered the chance to join up. This was a tough time for the team, which had recently lost star driver Henri Toivonen in a tragic crash, and so it needed push in with fresh talent. Biasion subsequently won the championship in 1988 and ’89, becoming one of the few rally drivers who successfully defended his title. During this period he was victorious in almost three-quarters of the events he entered.
Biasion will be in attendance at Castle Combe not only to meet his fans but also to drive the Super Delta HF Integrale to celebrate 30 years since claiming his first title. The Group A rally car was ready to compete for the factory team at the start of 1992, but just weeks before its debut Lancia withdrew from WRC. The Integrale would still get its chance to race through semi-works team Jolly Club, which used the new car to great effect. It won eight rounds of the WRC and ultimately claimed the manufacturers’ title for Lancia.
Miki Biasion said: ‘I was the driver from the factory who did the testing and development on these cars. To me, the Delta is like a baby. The memories are so special. I won two titles, but as part of Lancia we won six championships – that’s incredible.’
Other star drivers in attendance will include Jimmy McRae, Russell Brookes and Nicky Grist.
Said to be Europe’s biggest one-day rally show, Rallyday 2018 will also celebrate 30 years of the iconic Lancia Delta Integrale itself. Lancia Works History will be putting on quite a show on and off the track. There will also be a strong showing from various owners’ clubs, passenger rides and more action in the 4x4 Zone.
Rallyday 2018 will take place on Saturday September 22. More information here.
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