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Michele turns on the Mouton magic


Ace driver of the 1980s thrills Dunedin rally fans with hard-charging 'demonstration' drive in classic Audi

France’s Michele Mouton, the most successful woman driver in modern rally history, wasn’t hanging about when she gave Kiwi Malcolm Stewart’s ex-works Audi quattro a demonstration run on the tarmac Super Special stage in Dunedin’s docklands last night.

Mouton (57), who drove for the Audi works team in the 1980s, was joined by her Audi co-driver Fabrizia Pons of Italy for one run, then gave a rally fan, who had bid $1000 for the privilege, something to talk about for years to come when she took him on to the rally stage.

Mouton had the Audi cranked up, waving front wheels and back wheels in the air as she hurled the car round the street stage.

She clocked 1m 32.7s, the third-fastest run through the test by any driver, setting a time beaten only by NZ championship contenders, Richard Mason and Chris West, who both clocked 1m 30.5s.

West had previously held the record for the stage – 1m 32.1s, set last year.

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