In the aftermath of 1995 debacles, Didier Auriol participated in only two WRC events in 1996. He drove for Subaru in Sweden and in this magnificient Mitsubishi Evo III in San Remo.
It really was a one-off drive to help Mitsubishi achieve their target to capture Manufacturer’s title as Makinnen already had Driver’s title in the bag at that time.
For the record, the Top Ten result was:
1 MCRAE C. /RINGER D. Subaru Impreza 4:26'57
2 SAINZ C. /MOYA L. Ford Escort Cosworth
3 THIRY B. /PREVOT S. Ford Escort Cosworth
4 LOIX F. /SMEETS S. Toyota Celica ST205
5 ERIKSSON K. /PARMANDER S. Subaru Impreza
6 CUNICO G. /SCALVINI P. Ford Escort Cosworth
7 PIANEZZOLA G. /ROGGIA L. Toyota Celica ST205
8 AURIOL D. /GIRAUDET D. Mitsubishi L. 4'53 behind the winner
9 MEDEGHINI A. /"MEDEGHINI" Subaru Impreza
10 BERNARDINI P. /SAVIGNONI D. Ford Escort Cosworth