Jean Vinatier

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Jean Vinatier
1963-05-19 René Bonnet Djet von Vinatier-Laureau, Hatzenbach.jpg
Born 25 November 1933 (1933-11-25) (age 81)
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1958–1969, 1972, 1973
Teams Abarth & Cie, Automobiles René Bonnet, Société des Automobiles Alpine, Ford Motorwerke
Best finish 8th (1968)
Class wins 1 (1967)

Jean Vinatier (born 25 November 1933) is a French former rally and racing driver. He won the Tour de Corse with a Renault 8 Gordini in 1964 and the Alpine Rally with an Alpine-Renault A110 in 1968 and 1969. In the last-ever Alpine Rally in 1971, he finished second to Bernard Darniche and recorded his third consecutive penalty-free run, becoming the third driver after Ian Appleyard and Stirling Moss to achieve the much-coveted Coupe d'Or (Gold Cup).[1]

Driving the Alpine A110, Vinatier also won the French Rally Championship in 1969 and finished third that same year at the Monte Carlo Rally, behind the Porsche 911s of Björn Waldegård and Gérard Larrousse.[2] In 1970, he took part in four events in the International Championship for Manufacturers, the predecessor to the World Rally Championship. He finished second in the Acropolis Rally in Greece, behind another A110 driven by Jean-Luc Thérier, and third in the Rallye Sanremo in Italy, behind Thérier and Harry Källström.[2]

Vinatier also competed in endurance racing. In the final Mille Miglia in 1957, he was the first driver to go past the scene of the crash that killed eleven people.[3] In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Vinatier competed 14 times from 1958 to 1973. He won his class with Mauro Bianchi, brother of Lucien Bianchi, in 1967. His best overall result in the event was eighth with André de Cortanze the following year. After his racing career, Vinatier has worked as a technical delegate for the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pfundner, Martin (2005). Alpine Trials & Rallies: 1910 to 1973. Veloce Publishing Ltd. pp. 89–91. 
  2. ^ a b "Jean Vinatier". RallyBase. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Smith, Roy (2010). Alpine & Renault: The Sports Prototypes 1963 to 1969. Veloce Publishing Ltd. p. 23. 
  4. ^ Smith, Roy (2010). Alpine & Renault: The Sports Prototypes 1963 to 1969. Veloce Publishing Ltd. p. 11.