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Rare Lancia sportscar in Invitational category in 2024

A rare Lancia sportscar from the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo Group 5, will be on track at the 2024 Adelaide Motorsport Festival.

Lancia entered sportscar racing with the car in 1979, winning the World Championship for Makes in 1980 and 1981 and various events throughout Europe, before the Group 5 "Special Production Car" category was banned in 1982.

The likes of Gilles Villeneuve, Riccardo Patrese, Walter Röhrl, Eddie Cheever, Michele Alboreto and Emanuele Pirro raced a Montecarlo Group 5 sportscar, with the chassis coming to Adelaide driven by Pirro in the Daytona 24 Hours.

Being a silhouette car, the Montecarlo only shared the centre section of the body with its namesake production car. Front and rear tubular subframes supported the suspension and housed the turbo-charged engine.

The Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo Group 5 sportscar joins the Mazda 767B sportscar and a Mercedes-Benz 190E DTM Group A touring car in the Invitational category at the 2024 Adelaide Motorsport Festival, which will be held on the Victoria Park section of the Adelaide Street Circuit on March 16 and 17, with more cars being announced soon.

Categories featuring Formula 1, V8 Supercars, Group C and A touring cars, sportscars, IndyCars and more will again feature over the course of the Adelaide Motorsport Festival, with more news on categories, star cars and drivers and on and off-track activations coming soon.

Cars and motorbikes already confirmed for the 2024 Adelaide Motorsport Festival include the Australian Grand Prix-winning Benetton B190 Ford; the V10-powered Benetton B200; the Bathurst 1000-winning Nissan Skyline GT-R R32s and Holden VH Commodore SS; and motorcycle grand prix bikes, the Yamaha YZR 500cc and Aprilia ART GP13, while Finnish Formula 1 race winner Valtteri Bottas will be at the event on Sunday March 17.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to the 2024 Adelaide Motorsport Festival.

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