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The 1986 Tour de Corse.
Bruno Saby hoped to win at his home rally driving a Peugeot 205 T16, but from the beginning it was going otherwise. After the first stage of rally he lost 1,5 minutes to Henri Toivonen. He just accepted and satisfied with second place when he noted clouds of black smoke…
During the second leg, on Friday, 2 May, at the seventh kilometre of the 18th stage, Corte–Taverna, Toivonen’s Lancia went off the side of the road at a tight left corner with no guardrail. The car plunged down a ravine and landed on its roof. The aluminium fuel tank underneath the driver’s seat was ruptured by the trees and exploded. Both Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto died in their seats. (via)
Bruno Saby automatically became winner. It was his first triumf in WRC, sadly in most terrific and tragic rally in history. When he came on the finish, on podium according to tradition he and his co-driver were handed with a bottle of champagne.
But it wasn’t time. They refused.
Bruno Saby just said:
“I would prefer to have come second and Henri be still here”