TO 13721T is the most successful Works car built by Abarth for the 1992 season, campaigned exclusively by Didier Auriol. On the cars maiden outing Didier went on to win the 1000 Lakes Rally in front of his teammates home crowd. This victory secured Lancia’s sixth and final Manufacturers title with the Delta after Lancia announced their withdrawal from the World Rally Championship.
Back in action down under at Rally Australia, Auriol took another dominant victory, his sixth of the season. The cars final World Championship entrant was in Catalunya where Auriol finished 10th overall after struggling with power steering failure, an issue that had dampened his championship hopes. This marked the end of TO 13721T’s career in the WRC but the car had a final outing with Juha Kankkunen at the 1992 Memorial Bettega before the year came to a close.
For 1993 the car continued to be rallied by the Jolly Club team with its first outing with Gustavo Trelles at the El Corte Ingles, taking another victory. Back in Martini colours for the popular Italian driver Dario Cerrato, he campaigned the car in the Italian Rally Championship alongside codriver Luciano Guizzardi. Despite picking up two victories at Elba and Salento and podiums at Della Lana and the Targa Florio, it was only enough for 4th place in the championship.
In 1994 the car was sold to MRT Nocentini where it continued to be used in Italy before making its way to Hungary for László Sen Ranga’s Championship campaign. TO 13721T carried on its winning tradition taking victories in four rounds in a row to secure the Hungarian Rally Championship.
In 1995 it was sold to a gentleman driver Giovanni Recordati who continued to use the car on Italian National rallies and also in rounds of the WRC at the likes of Corsica, Acropolis and Sanremo. In late 2017 the car changed hands, being displayed at Goodwood and at Rallyday with Miki Biasion behind the wheel.
Total Victories - 9
Total Podiums - 13
Notable Drivers - Didier Auriol, Juha Kankkunen, Gustavo Trelles, Dario Cerrato, László Sen Ranga