Rally legend Miki Biasion back behind the wheel at Race Retro to mark WRC anniversary image

Rally legend Miki Biasion back behind the wheel at Race Retro to mark WRC anniversary

Rally legend Miki Biasion will be back behind the wheel at Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport, when it comes to Stoneleigh Park from 23-25 February, to mark 30 years since his first World Rally Championship title in 1988.

Rally fans will get the thrill of a lifetime when they see this former champion, best known for his career with Lancia, in action on the Live Rally Stage with the crews from Rallying with Group B on the Saturday and Sunday.

Biasion came to prominence in the early 1980s, winning both the Italian and European Rally Championships in 1983, driving a Lancia 037.

He began competing in 1979, in an Opel Kadett GT/E. Miki was later drafted in to play a key role for the works Lancia World Rally Championship team in the mid-1980s as the squad sought to regroup after previous star driver Henri Toivonen's fatal crash. Miki went on to dominate early Group A rallying, taking the world championship in the years 1988 and 1989.

At his peak, Biasion was notching victories in almost three quarters of all events he entered. He also was only the second driver to successfully defend his title (after Juha Kankkunen) and the third one to win two titles (after Kankkunen and Walter Röhrl).

A move to Ford in 1992 made Biasion the highest-paid driver of his day but he didn’t achieve the same success of his time at Lancia. He did, however, win the World Truck Championship in 1998 and 1999 driving an Iveco.

Race Retro Show Director Lee Masters said: “We are thrilled to have Miki Biasion with us for this year’s show, especially on our Live Rally Stage. It’s an amazing opportunity for fans to see one of the greats in action once again.

As well as driving, Biasion will also appear on the Motor Sport Live Stage to talk about his career highlights along with Hall of Fame inductee Brian Redman, and other special guests.

The Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live will also welcome other racing and rally guests as well as hosting showstopping displays of iconic cars including a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the ground-effects era.