Remembering Henri Toivonen

Remembering Henri Toivonen

Monday, May 2 marks 25 years since the tragic death of one of world rallying's biggest stars, Henri Toivonen, on the Tour de Corse. David Evans looks back on a remarkable talent

Nini Russo remembers the day. He'll never forget it. May 2, 1986 had started well for Lancia's team manager. Three of his Delta S4s were running in the top five on the Tour de Corse, with Henri Toivonen extending his lead over Peugeot's Bruno Saby at the front.

After an overnight halt in Bastia, Saby was fastest on the second stage of the day, Friday's opener having been cancelled. Toivonen responded to Saby's challenge with four quickest times, putting the Delta out of reach at the front.

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