Jean-Luc Thérier

Jean-Luc Thérier (7 October 1945, Hodeng-au-Bosc – 31 July 2019, Neufchâtel-en-Bray) was a French rally driver. He was the highest scoring driver in the inaugural World Rally Championship in 1973 and the only one to win three events. However, until 1977 the championship was only formally contested by manufacturers, not individuals, so only Thérier's Alpine-Renault team were formally awarded the title.

Jean-Luc Thérier
J-Luc THERIER-Dieppe-2003.jpg
Thérier in 2003
Personal information
NationalityFrance French
Born(1945-10-07)7 October 1945
Hodeng-au-Bosc
Died31 July 2019(2019-07-31) (aged 73)
Neufchâtel-en-Bray
World Rally Championship record
Active years19731984
Co-driverFrance Jacques Jaubert
France Christian Delferrier
France Michel Vial
TeamsAlpine, Toyota, Porsche, Renault
Rallies46
Championships0
Rally wins5
Podiums10
Stage wins61
Total points42
First rally1973 Monte Carlo Rally
First win1973 Rallye de Portugal
Last win1980 Tour de Corse
Last rally1984 Monte Carlo Rally

He most frequently competed in an Alpine Renault A110, winning the Rallye Sanremo and the Acropolis Rally in 1970. He won the same two events again in 1973, along with the Rallye Sanremo, during his annus memorabilis.

He also won the 1974 Press-on-Regardless Rally in the United States driving a Renault 17 Gordini, and the 1980 Tour de Corse behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 SC.

He participated in the Monte Carlo Rally 13 times between 1969 and 1984, with second place in 1971 as best result there.[1] His career lasted until early 1985 when he suffered severe injuries while participating in the 1985 Paris to Dakar rally. [2] [3] [4] He died on 31 July 2019 at the age of 73 after a long illness.[5]

WRC victoriesEdit

  #   Event Season Co-driver Car
1   7º TAP Rallye de Portugal 1973 Jacques Jaubert Alpine-Renault A110 1800
2   21st Acropolis Rally 1973 Christian Delferrier Alpine-Renault A110 1800
3   15º Rallye Sanremo 1973 Jacques Jaubert Alpine-Renault A110 1800
4   26th Press-on-Regardless Rally 1974 Christian Delferrier Renault 17 Gordini
5   24ème Tour de Corse - Rallye de France 1980 Michel Vial Porsche 911 SC

Complete IMC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1970 Alpine Renault Alpine-Renault A110 1600 MON
Ret
SWE ITA
1
KEN AUT
Ret
GRE
1
GBR
Ret
1971 Alpine Renault Alpine-Renault A110 1600 MON
2
SWE
Ret
ITA
Ret
KEN MAR AUT
Ret
GRE
Ret
GBR
Ret
1972 Alpine Renault Alpine-Renault A110 1600 MON
?
KEN MAR
Ret
GRE AUT ITA
Ret
USA GBR
Renault 12 Gordini SWE
Ret

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Death of former French rally driver Jean-Luc Thérier". International News. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ https://www.autohebdo.fr/wrc/actualites/jean-luc-therier-est-mort-204976.html
  3. ^ https://actu.fr/normandie/neufchatel-en-bray_76462/a-neufchatel-bray-jean-luc-therier-est-mort_26223678.html
  4. ^ https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/normandie/seine-maritime/disparition-du-normand-jean-luc-therier-champion-du-monde-rallye-alpine-1706120.html
  5. ^ https://www.autohebdo.fr/wrc/actualites/jean-luc-therier-est-mort-204976.html

External linksEdit

Records
Preceded by
None
Most rally wins
4 wins,

1st at the 1973 Rallye de Portugal
Succeeded by
Sandro Munari
7 wins,
5th at the 1976 Rallye de Portugal