INTRODUCTION: Peugeot driver Alain Ambrosino made it two in a row on Sunday (15 February) when he won the 1981 Zaire international motor rally.
SV: Car Number 1 (Peugeot Ambrosino/Delferrier team) starts night stage of rally
SV: Car Number 10 (Datsun 1600 Chico/Das team) starts night stage
SV: Car number 7 (Renault 5 Colette/Dubois team) starts night stage
GV TOP VIEW: Car number 1 races over bridge on red dust road past villager (2 shots)
GV CU: Car number 10 crosses bridge
GV AND CU: Car number 7 crosses bridge
GV TOP VIEW: Car number 11 (Ford Escort 1600 VDK/Tonton team) races over dusty road
GV: Car number 10 takes dirt road corner at dusk with lights on
GV: Car number 7 passes camera, navigator waves and car approaches checkpoint
SV: Crowd applauds as car number 1 checks in to final checkpoint. Driver and navigator get out of car and shake hands with officials
SV: Team being congratulated by crowd
SV: Crowd gathering around car
SV: Driver and navigator climb on to bonnet of car and raise hands
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Peugeot driver Alain Ambrosino made it two in a row on Sunday (15 February) when he won the 1981 Zaire international motor rally. Ambrosino and his navigator, Christian Delferrier, held the lead throughout the three day race across the harsh and dusty roads of South West Zaire.
SYNOPSIS: Ambrosino and Delferrier in car number one, are both from the Ivory Coast and have been associated with Peugeots throughout their rallying careers. Their main rival in the race was the Chico/Das team in a Datsun 1600.
Throughout the final stages, third place was held by the Colette/Dubois Renault 5.
Ambrosino's experience on the Zaire course helped him pilot the Peugeot across the two thousand kilometres (1,240 miles) of winding and dusty roads. The thick dust and dry conditions also tested the durability of the 29 cars competing.
Since the race's inception in 1966, organisers have worked to make it one of the most important events on the rally calendar.
Every year, the Zaire Safari has attracted a more impressive field.
The 1981 event was no exception and developed into a battle royal between the 4 cylinder lightweights.
But by Sunday evening there was no doubt about the result. The Peugot 404 Coupe of Ambrosino and Delferrier reached the final checkpoint comfortably clear of the rest of the field. After 3 days of hectic driving the duo and their car showed little sign of wear and tear.
Ambrosino was especially pleased to have repeated his 1980 win, although with a new navigator. And for Delferrier, it was his first major rally victory.