Has died Antonio Boto, the historical passenger with Carlos Sainz that reached the World Rally Championship in 1987. Boto has left us at age 67, after battling a long illness. The Madrid driver has dedicated some nice words to him through social networks.
“Today my great friend and co-driver Antonio Boto passed away, with him I won a championship in Spain and made my debut in the World Cup. I enjoyed him and I had the best time with him. He made me laugh so much that he made me cry. Today I cry for his loss. My condolences to the whole family. DEP, “Sainz said on Twitter.
Boto became Sainz’s co-driver in 1984, sitting in the right-hand seat of the legendary Renault 5 Turbo. Together they achieved two runners-up in Spain before signing for Ford, a mark with which they won the Nacional in 1987 and made the leap to the World Cup. They did it in the Rally de Portugal, where they got their first stage victory.
At the end of ’87, Boto became the sporting director of the Opel Spain team, and he and Carlos parted ways, although a great friendship continued to join them. From 1988 onwards, Carlos had Luis Moya on his right, the co-driver with whom the Madrid native won his two world titles.
For his part, Antonio Boto, beyond his managerial work, continued to participate in historical and regular rallies, especially between 2012 – after a long hiatus of more than 20 years – until 2019.
Today, November 24, Antonio has left us after fighting a long illness. D.E.P