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Lancia shows promise
The debut of the Lancia-Martini at the Monza 1,000 Kilometre race in April was a qualified success, although one car was delayed and the other retired due to damage caused by tyre failures. Despite the small grid of 19 cars, supplemented by 14 laps by eight 2-litre Group 6 cars taking part in the Italian national championship, it was an interesting event won by Bob Wollek and Thierry Boutsen in Reinhold Joest's Porsche 956.
The opening round of the 1983 World Endurance Championship was notable for several reasons. Out for the first time in public, the new Ferrari-powered Lancia driven by Piercarlo Ghinzani easily claimed pole position and led the race for eight laps, pulling away at a rate of a second per lap, until his left rear tyre burst (as it had in practice). Of the 19 starters, 12 were Porsches — seven were the type 956 models, and they occupied the top seven places in the results.