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Ragnotti at the 2011 Monte Carlo Rally
August 29, 1945 |
|World Rally Championship record|
|Active years||1973 – 1987, 1990 – 1995|
|First rally||1973 Monte Carlo Rally|
|First win||1981 Monte Carlo Rally|
|Last win||1985 Tour de Corse|
|Last rally||1995 Tour de Corse|
Ranking among his achievements are his conquering of the Monte Carlo Rally in 1981, what was the first turbo victory in the history of the WRC, alongside compatriot Jean-Marc Andrié against the might of the ultimate four-wheel-drive upstart, the Audi Quattro. In the following season, he took his Renault 5 Turbo to victory at the Tour de Corse. The Maxi version of the same Renault 5 was to reign again on the asphalt stages of European rallying, when in 1985, Ragnotti claimed the Tour de Corse again with Group B rallying at its zenith; a win that came on debut of Renault 5 Maxi Turbo. The 1985 Rothmans Tour de Corse would also prove to be a tragic affair after the fatal crash of Attilio Bettega on SS4 (Zerubia) of the event.
In the 1990s, Ragnotti continued to drive for Renault, this time in their front-wheel drive Clio Maxi.
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