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.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just