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GP Week : Issue 175
Spain is a favourite rally venue for MARTIN HOLMES, who recalls one of that country’s great stars, back when the WRC first began ... The forgotten Spaniard? WRC >>> FEATURE Greatness takes a long time to be forgotten, which is one of the reasons why Carlos Sainz is indelibly embedded in the minds of rally fans as epitomising the spirit of Spanish rallying, but for me there is another drive who does just this. Antonio Zanini was active in the world of rallying almost a generation before the great Carlos Sainz came along, and he established a strength of the sport which has endured to this day. For me, Antonio Zanini is Spanish rallying. It is not because I cannot appreciate everything that people like Carlos and more recently friends like Dani Sola, Xavier Pons, Enrique Ojeda and of course Dani Sordo have achieved in the name of their country. It is more a personal thing. It was because Antonio was the big star when I first started going to rallies in Spain, in 1975, and he is still to be seen on events these days. He is a bridge between now and 30 years ago, he is the person who shows where Spanish rallying came from. Antonio Zanini