In Britain, Henri Toivonen, the 24 year-old Finnish driver, has became the youngest-ever winner of the World Championship Royal Automobile Club (RAC) rally.
SV Finish sign PAN DOWN TO winner (Car no. 16) ending the race. Chequered flag is draped over bonnet. Driver and co-driver step out of car, wave to crowd, climb into car and receive winners' garlands. Both wave as crowd applauds
SV Photographers taking pictures of winners
SV Winner, Henri Toivonen shakes champagne bottle and sprays onlookers
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Background: In Britain, Henri Toivonen, the 24 year-old Finnish driver, has became the youngest-ever winner of the World Championship Royal Automobile Club (RAC) rally. Toivonen, competing in the event for only the second time, gave the Talbot team their first major victory on Wednesday (19 November). The win also ended Ford's eight-year run of supremacy in the championship.
SYNOPSIS: Henri Toivonen finished in Bath nearly five minutes ahead of his closest rival and fellow-countryman Hannu Mikkola. Two minor crashes and mechanical problems prevented pre-rally favourite Mikkola catching Toivonen and denied him a third-straight rally triumph. Mikkola had spearheaded the Ford challenge in an Escort, but the British-based Talbot team were well-placed at the finishing stages as their Sunbeam Lotus cars took third and fourth places. Guy Frequelin of France was third, a long way behind Mikkola, and British driver Russell Brookes took fourth position. A hundred and fifty competitors set off from bath at the start of the rally on November the sixteenth. But 1,800 miles (2,897 Km.) of forest tracks forced most to drop out, victims of engine failure and breakdowns.
On the final night Toivonen and co-driver Paul White recorded the fastest times in seven of the nine special stages.