Sometimes being there is everything. The Saab 93 A of the German team led by Steffen Wirth failed on the first day after the 3rd special stage with an engine failure. A new engine was organized and a workshop near Gap. The engine was to be replaced on Sunday. Because now it was about the spirit of sportsmanship. Be there, even outside of the classification, and finish the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique 2022.
Giving up is not an option
The new engine arrives near Valence at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday. The towing contractor, who pulled the Rallye Saab out of the mountains the night before, leaves his large workshop to the crew. Pure screwdriver luxury, with motor crane and modern equipment. Saab opens hearts again and enjoys great sympathy. Also in France. Saab's famous "Lunatic" factor, it still works.
The team spends Sunday in the workshop, installing the new two-stroke unit and testing the Saab. It's running again, very well, the rally crew is happy. Nevertheless, the efforts of the last few days have left their mark. Driving at night, unplanned repairs and the high art of improvisation. You decide to use Monday as a day off. They will rejoin the rally on Tuesday, the penultimate day.
The views of snow-capped mountain peaks beckon, and then there's the legendary 'Night of the Long Knives', which ends in Monaco port early Wednesday morning.
The team was kicked out of the ranking due to the failure. However, the remaining stages of the rally may be driven with a crossed-out starting number. The German team is not alone with its fate. The Saab 96 two-stroke from the Czech Republic shares it with the German team. The Czechs also continue, with a crossed number, and thus show real sportsmanship.