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Attilio Bettega

Nationality

Italian

Born

19 February 1953

Died

2 May 1985 (aged 32)

World Rally Championship record

Active years

1978-1985

Teams

Fiat, Lancia

Rallies

26

Championships

0

Rally wins

0

Podiums

6

Total points

130

Attilio Bettega (19 February 1953 - 2 May 1985) was an Italian rally driver.

Bettega was born in Molveno, Trentino. In 1982, he joined the Lancia squad driving the Lancia 037 after some years with Fiat. In his Lancia years he gained four podium finishes in rallies counting towards the World Rally Championship. His last podium was also his best one, driving his Lancia to second place at the 1984 Rallye Sanremo. In the 1985 season, he entered the Safari Rally and the Tour de Corse. In Corsica, on the fourth stage of the rally - Zerubia, Bettega lost control of his Lancia and crashed into a tree which ruptured into the driver's seat and killed him instantly. His co-driver Maurizio Perissinot survived the crash uninjured.

Bettega's accident pressured the safety aspects of Group B cars. Exactly one year later his former teammate Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto with the Lancia Delta S4 #4 (the same number of Bettega's car) died in a fireball accident at the same event, causing a ban for Group B.

Bettega's son, Alessandro Bettega , followed his father's footsteps and is also a rally driver.

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