1983: Opel Manta 400, 3rd

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“Sit­ting on the start line of the stages on this rally, I used to watch the Audi quat­tros drop the clutch and go. It was pretty de­press­ing re­ally, im­me­di­ately you knew you’d lost a load of time. We would pull our Opel Manta 400 up, the mar­shal counted us down and we sat there with a load of wheel­spin.

“Back in those days, when you couldn’t com­pete with the quat­tros, the best thing you could aim for was to be top two-wheel-drive car and we got that in 1983 and fin­ished third over­all. That Manta was a great car, the best of the two-wheel-drive cars – so nicely bal­anced with plenty of power. Just a shame it didn’t have a front ’diff !”

Quat­tros dom­i­nated, but Manta took third

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