Massimo “Miki” Biasion

Miki-BIasion

Personal information
Nationality Italy Italian
Born January 7th, 1958

Bassano del Grappa

World Rally Championship record
Active years 1980~1994
Teams Lancia, Ford
Rallies 78
Championships 2 (1988, 1989)
Rally wins 17
Podiums 40
Stage wins 373
Total points 768
First rally 1980 Rallye Sanremo
First win 1986 Rally Argentina
Last win 1993 Acropolis Rally
Last rally 1994 RAC Rally

INTRODUCTION

Massimo Biasion (nicknamed “Miki”) is an Italian rally driver. His racing career began in 1979 and his first car was the Opel Kadett GTE. In October 1980, he made his debut in the World Rally Championship driving an Opel Ascona. In 1983, he won the European Rally Championship. After the cancellation of Group B, he would go on to dominate WRC Group A rallying, winning 2 consecutive drivers championships.

GROUP B RESULTS

(# = finish position / R = retired or DNF / = did not compete)

Y TEAM EVENT PTS
Monaco
MC
Sweden
SE
Portugal
PT
Kenya
KE
France
FR
Greece
GR
New Zealand
NZ
Brazil
BR
Finland
FI
Italy
IT
Ivory Coast
CI
United Kingdom
GB
82 CSC 8 3
Y Team Event pts
Monaco
MC
Sweden
SE
Portugal
PT
Kenya
KE
France
FR
Greece
GR
New Zealand
NZ
Argentina
AR
Finland
FI
Italy
IT
Ivory Coast
CI
United Kingdom
GB
83 JollyC 5 8
84 JollyC 6 4 2 R 3 43
85 JollyC 9 2 R 6 23
86 Lancia 68 R R R 2 3 1 3 United States
US-
86 pts 47

BIO (~1986)

EARLY CAREER

Biasion’s motorsports career began in 1974 with motocross competitions. In 1979, at age 21, he began to compete in rallying with an Opel Kadett GTE accompanied by his friend Tizian Siviero. He made his debut in the Rally of Modena in Italy, which he finished 38th.

In 1980, Biasion drove an Opel Ascona SR in the Italian championship and won the Group A championship. He also participated in three races of the European Rally Championship (ERC), the Rally Targa Florio (it took 5th place), Rally Elba (4th place) and the Rally San Marino (9th place). In October, he made his debut in the World Rally Championship (WRC) in the San Remo Rally, but he withdrew from the 8th special stage due to differential failure.

In 1981, at the wheel of the Opel Ascona 400, he participated in rallies for the championship of Italy and the ERC. Among others, took fourth place in the Rally 4 Regioni and Rally San Marino. In October, for the second time in his WRC career, he went in the Rally of San Remo. He took 6th place and thus won his first points in the championship.

In 1982, he won the Italian Rally Championship in Group 4. He also competed in four ERC events; He was third in the Rally Targa Florio 4 Regioni, first in the Rally Internazionale della Lana, and the second in the Rally of San Marino. In October, he went back to the San Remo Rally where he took 8th place.

1983-1985: JOLLY CLUB

In 1983, Biasion became a member of the team Jolly Club driving a Lancia Rallye 037. The season began with a victory in the ERC’s Rally Costa Brava. Then won other rallies; rally Sol, the Rally Costa Smeralda, and the Rally 4 Regioni. However, in the Rally Internazionale della Lana he finished 2nd. He won subsequent rallies such as the Ypres Rally and Rally Madeira San Marino. A third place in the Rally of Aosta sealed his victory of the ERC driver’s championship. In 1983, he also won the Italy Rally Championship. In October 1983, he took part in the WRC at the San Remo Rally where he took 5th place.

In 1984, Biasion competed exclusively in the WRC. In January’s Monte Carlo Rally he took 6th place. In March, he was in the fourth in Portugal. In May, at the Tour de Corse, Biasion got his first WRC podium with a 2nd place finish. In his fifth and final start of the season at the San Remo Rally, Biasion achieved third place behind Ari Vatanen and Attilio Bettega. He finished the season with a decent 6th place in the driver’s championship.

Biasion’s 1985 season began with the Rally Monte Carlo with 9th place. In February, he returned to the ERC and took part in the Rally Costa Brava. In March, he took part in the Rally of Portugal and clinched 2nd position. In the second half of March, he won the second rally of the ERC, the Rally Costa Blanca. In May, Biasion not complete the Rally of Corsica, and then took second position in the Rally of Elba. In August, Biasion won his third ERC victory at the Rally of Chalkidiki. He started again in the Rally of San Remo with a respectable sixth place. At the end of the season, he took 12th place in the WRC and 6th place in the ERC.

1986: LANCIA

In 1986, he became a member of the Lancia works team, driving their new Delta S4. His debut with the team was for the Monte Carlo Rally. However, it resulted in an accident but still managed to limp the car to a 68th place. He retired from his next rallies; the Rally of Portugal, and the Safari Rally. In May, at the Tour de Corse, Biasion’s Lancia teammate Henri Toivonen had an accident and was killed along with pilot Sergio Cresto. The Lancia team management decided to withdraw its remaining drivers from the rally; Biasion and Markku Alén.

His first points of the season came in at the Acropolis Rally where he took 2nd place. In July, he stood on the podium again by finishing 3rd in the Rally of New Zealand. In August, Biasion got his first WRC victory in Argentina. In October, he took third place in the Rally San Remo. However, that there was a dispute between the Peugeot team and the rally’s stewards whom disqualified them because of irregular side skirts. However, 11 days after the end of the Olympus Rally, the last of the season, the FISA decided to cancel the results of the Rally of San Remo. For the last year of Group B, Biasion scored 47 points and took 5th place overall.

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miki_Biasion + http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massimo_Biasion


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