Lancia cars dominated this year's Tour de Corse motor rally on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, taking the first four places.
1. GV PAN Lancia No. 9, up hill and round bend, Markku Alen driving, Ilkka Kivimaki navigator. 0.07
2. GV PAN Lancia No. 5 up hill and round bend. 0.15
3. GV PAN Lancia No. 11 up hill and round bend. 0.22
4. GV PAN No. 9 speeding through village. 0.30
5. SV Markku Alen getting out of car and receiving bottle of champagne as winner. 0.53
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: CORSICA, FRANCE
Lancia cars dominated this year's Tour de Corse motor rally on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, taking the first four places. Drivers covered 1,700 kilometres (1063 miles) over three days. The rally ended in Ajaccio on the evening of May 7, after a final hill stage in the south of the island. Markku Alen, driving car number nine finished two minutes ahead of his Lancia team mate Walter Rohrl driving car number five. And not far behind were two other cars bearing the Italian marque driven by Adartico Vudasieri and Atillio Bettega. After the retirement of the two Audis by Hannu Mikkola and Michele Moulton, France's Bruno Saby, driving a Renault Five, came in fifth. The result gives Lancia a one-point lead over Opel in the manufacturer's category in the 1983 world championship, with Audi one point further behind in third place. Markku Alen's win in Corsica puts him in third place in the driver's section behind Walter Rohrl and Hannu Mikkola.
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