Blomqvist poised to return to the birthplace of the quattro

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The truly original and 1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist could be set to return to action at next year’s Jänner Rallye, the 31st edition of the event. The Swede is likely to make an appearance piloting a fearsome, equally original,  fire-breathing Audi quattro Group B machine, celebrating the 30th anniversary to the year to when he won his World Rally Championship crown.

With 11 international rally wins, 33 podiums and a total of 486 stage wins to his name, along with a recent second overall on the demanding East African Safari Rally, the original Stig is set to return to the birth place of the quattro, the car which took him to his world championship win.

While fellow Swede Robert Jakobsson will co-drive him during the rally, event organiser, Rallye Club Mühlviertel, will offer two Rallye Pass holders the chance to join Blomqvist for a passenger ride during the pre-event shakedown near Freistadt on 3 January by arranging a prize draw.

The 1981 edition of the event saw the first competitive event for the legendary four-wheel-drive machine, a moment that revolutionised the world of rallying forever. Franz Wittmann went on to win the event in the quattro by more than 20 minutes ahead of the other competitors.

First held in 1970, the Jänner Rallye is the only winter rally held in central Europe. Per Engseth, John Haugland and Rauno Aaltonen have also previously competed on the event. Similar to that of Monte Carlo, the rally is 100% tarmac held in the mountainous terrain of Upper Austria, Mühlviertel, district Freistadt.

This year’s event will be run over three days from 3-5 January 2014, consisting of 238 competitive kilometres. Despite the ambient temperatures dipping to as low as minus 10 degrees centigrade, fans flock to the Austrian stages in tremendous numbers to witness the spectacle of drivers charging through ice and snow-coated tarmac roads at full speed, something Blomqvist, 66, is sure to live up to if he takes on the Austrian Event.

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