Tour de Corse

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Gareth Jones driving a Subaru Impreza WRC at the 2008 rally.

The Tour de Corse - Rallye de France is a rally first held in 1956 on the island of Corsica. It was the French round of the World Rally Championship from the inaugural 1973 season until 2008. The name "Tour de Corse" refers to the fact that in the early days it was run around the island; nowadays it only features roads around Ajaccio. The rally is held on asphalt roads, and it is known as the "Ten Thousand Turns Rally" because of the twisty mountain roads.

Several drivers have been killed during the event. Attilio Bettega, driving a Lancia 037 Rally, died during the fourth special stage of the 1985 rally, Zérubia-Santa Giulia. In 1986, exactly a year later, Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto died in their Lancia Delta S4 during the 18th stage of the event, Corte-Taverna.

The first running of the rally was won by the Belgian female driver Gilberte Thirion in a Renault Dauphine. Two drivers have won the event a record six times; Bernard Darniche (1970, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1981) and Didier Auriol (1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995). The only non-French drivers to win the event more than once are Sandro Munari, Markku Alén and Colin McRae. Sébastien Loeb won the last four WRC runnings of the event.

Winners[edit]

Season Driver Co-driver Car Event report
2013 France Bryan Bouffier[1] France Xavier Panseri Peugeot 207 S2000 Report
2012 Spain Dani Sordo Spain Carlos del Barrio Mini John Cooper Works RRC Report
2011 Belgium Thierry Neuville Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul Peugeot 207 S2000 Report
2010 Rally cancelled
2009 France Pascal Trojani France Francis Mazotti Peugeot 307 WRC Report
2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC Report
2007 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC Report
2006 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën Xsara WRC Report
2005 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën Xsara WRC Report
2004 Estonia Markko Märtin United Kingdom Michael Park Ford Focus RS WRC 04 Report
2003 Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC2003 Report
2002 France Gilles Panizzi France Hervé Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC Report
2001 Spain Jesús Puras Spain Marc Martí Citroën Xsara WRC Report
2000 France Gilles Panizzi France Hervé Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC Report
1999 France Philippe Bugalski France Jean-Paul Chiaroni Citroën Xsara Kit Car Report
1998 United Kingdom Colin McRae United Kingdom Nicky Grist Subaru Impreza WRC 98 Report
1997 United Kingdom Colin McRae United Kingdom Nicky Grist Subaru Impreza WRC 97 Report
1996 France Philippe Bugalski France Jean-Paul Chiaroni Renault Mégane Maxi Report
1995 France Didier Auriol France Denis Giraudet Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 Report
1994 France Didier Auriol France Denis Giraudet Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD Report
1993 France François Delecour France Daniel Grataloup Ford Escort RS Cosworth Report
1992 France Didier Auriol France Bernard Occelli Lancia Delta HF Integrale Report
1991 Spain Carlos Sainz Spain Luís Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165 Report
1990 France Didier Auriol France Bernard Occelli Lancia Delta Integrale 16V Report
1989 France Didier Auriol France Bernard Occelli Lancia Delta Integrale Report
1988 France Didier Auriol France Bernard Occelli Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Report
1987 France Bernard Béguin France Jean-Jacques Lenne BMW M3 Report
1986 France Bruno Saby France Jean-François Fauchille Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2 Report
1985 France Jean Ragnotti France Pierre Thimonier Renault R5 Maxi Turbo Report
1984 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia 037 Rally Report
1983 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia 037 Rally Report
1982 France Jean Ragnotti France Jean-Marc Andrié Renault 5 Turbo Report
1981 France Bernard Darniche France Alain Mahé Lancia Stratos HF Report
1980 France Jean-Luc Thérier France Michel Vial Porsche 911 SC Report
1979 France Bernard Darniche France Alain Mahé Lancia Stratos HF Report
1978 France Bernard Darniche France Alain Mahé Fiat 131 Abarth Report
1977 France Bernard Darniche France Alain Mahé Fiat 131 Abarth Report
1976 Italy Sandro Munari Italy Silvio Maiga Lancia Stratos HF Report
1975 France Bernard Darniche France Alain Mahé Lancia Stratos HF Report
1974 France Jean-Claude Andruet France Michèle 'Biche' Espinosi-Petit Lancia Stratos HF Report
1973 France Jean-Pierre Nicolas France Michel Vial Alpine-Renault A110 1800 Report
1972 France Jean-Claude Andruet France Michèle 'Biche' Espinosi-Petit Alpine-Renault A110 1800 Report
1971 Rally Cancelled
1970 France Bernard Darniche France Bernard Demange Alpine-Renault A110 1800 Report
1969 France Gérard Larrousse France Maurice Gelin Porsche 911 R Report
1968 France Jean-Claude Andruet France Maurice Gelin Alpine-Renault A110 Report
1967 Italy Sandro Munari Italy Luciano Lombardini Lancia Fulvia HF Coupé Report
1966 France Jean-François Piot France Jean-François Jacob Renault 8 Gordini Report
1965 France Pierre Orsini France Jean-Baptiste Canocini Renault 8 Gordini Report
1964 France Jean Vinatier France Roger Masson Renault 8 Gordini Report
1963 France René Trautmann France Jean-Claude Ogier Citroën DS19 Report
1962 France Pierre Orsini France Jean-Baptiste Canocini Renault Dauphine Report
1961 France René Trautmann France Jean-Claude Ogier Citroën DS19 Report
1960 Germany Herbert Linge Germany Paul-Ernst Strähle Porsche SC 90 Report
1959 France Pierre Orsini France Jean-Baptiste Canocini Renault Dauphine Report
1958 France Guy Monraisse France Jacques Feret Renault Dauphine Report
1957 France Michel Nicol France Roger de la Geneste Alfa Romeo Giulietta Report
1956 Belgium Gilberte Thirion Switzerland Nadège Ferrier Renault Dauphine Report

In 1996, due to the World Rally Championship's event rotation system used from 1994–96, the rally counted only for the FIA 2-Litre World Championship for Manufacturers. The 2009 event was part of the France Cup.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "56. Tour de Corse 2013 results". eWRC-results.com. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "results Tour de Corse - Rallye des 10000 Virages 2009". eWRC-results.com. 8 November 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 

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