|Birth: ||Feb. 19, 1953|
|Death: ||May 2, 1985|
Born in the little town of Molveno, near Trento, Attilio Bettega began his racing career in 1972 with a Fiat 128 Coupé that belonged to his family. His chance came in 1977 when he won the first place as the winner of the A112 Trophy. Later on, at the wheel of a Lancia Stratos, he is only second, behind Sandro Munari in the "Rally Valle d'Aosta". He is then hired by the Fiat Group: with them he will be successful, both nationally and internationally at the wheel of various cars, from Fiat 131 Abarth to Fiat Ritmo Rallyalla. In his later years in the Lancia Martini Racing Team, Attilio got on the podium four times in the World Rally Championship. His last podium was also his best result, a second place in the Italian Rally Championship, in 1984. During the 1985 agonistic season he took part in the Safari Rally and in the Tour de Corse. Just in Corsica, in the fourth special stage of the rally, Attilio lost control of his Lancia Rally 037, which crashed into a tree, suddenly stopping the car that was about to fall into the bottom of a ravine. The impact was so violent that Attilio died immediately on the spot. The car got broken in two halves along its entire length. His co-driver Maurizio Perissinot was unhurt in the accident. Oddly enough, three years before, Attilio had a dreadful accident with his car "037" and had his two legs broken. It happened in the same rally, in Corsica, and it took him some time to recover from it.
The "Attilio Bettega Memorial" car sport event is dedicated to him and is held at the Bologna Motor Show yearly. Attilio's son, Alexander, has followed his father's footsteps, becoming a rally racing driver himself.
Created by: Kirsty
Record added: Nov 23, 2011
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