Jean "Jeannot" Ragnotti (born 29 August 1945 in Pernes-les-Fontaines, Vaucluse), is a French former rally driver for Renault in the World Rally Championship.

Jean Ragnotti
Ragnotti at the 2011 Monte Carlo Rally
Personal information
NationalityFrance French
Born (1945-08-29) 29 August 1945 (age 78)
World Rally Championship record
Active years1973 – 1987, 1990 – 1995
Co-driverFrance Jean-Marc Andrié
France Pierre Thimonier
Rally wins3
Stage wins90
Total points190
First rally1973 Monte Carlo Rally
First win1981 Monte Carlo Rally
Last win1985 Tour de Corse
Last rally1995 Tour de Corse

Ranking among his achievements are his conquering of the Monte Carlo Rally in 1981,[1] what was the first turbo victory in the history of the WRC, alongside compatriot Jean-Marc Andrié[2][3] 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. Jean Marc Andrie later committed suicide in 1999.[2][3][4] 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. His co-driver by that time was Pierre Thimonier (whose son Gilles would also be a co-driver for Jean Ragnotti).[5] Pierre Thimonier died of cancer in 2008.[6][7] 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.

Ragnotti's Renault 5 Maxi Turbo.

WRC victories edit

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1   49ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 1981 Jean-Marc Andrié Renault 5 Turbo
2   26ème Tour de Corse - Rallye de France 1982 Jean-Marc Andrié Renault 5 Turbo
3   29ème Tour de Corse - Rallye de France 1985 Pierre Thimonier Renault 5 Maxi Turbo

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results edit

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1975   P. Mettetal   Michel Lateste Tecma 755-Ford-Hart S 2.0 11 DNF DNF
1977   Inaltéra   Jean Rondeau Inaltéra LM77-Cosworth GTP 315 4th 1st
1978   Renault Sport
  Écurie Calberson
  José Dolhem
  Guy Fréquelin
  Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Renault Alpine A442A Gr. 6
S 3.0
358 4th 4th
1979   Jean Rondeau   Bernard Darniche Rondeau M379-Cosworth Gr. 6
S 3.0
292 5th 1st
1980   Jean Rondeau   Henri Pescarolo Rondeau M379B-Cosworth Gr. 6
S 3.0
1981   Jean Rondeau   Jean-Louis Lafosse Rondeau M379C-Cosworth Gr. 6
S +2.0
1982   Automobiles Jean Rondeau   Henri Pescarolo
  Jean Rondeau
Rondeau M382-Cosworth Gr. C 146 DNF DNF

References edit

  1. ^ Smith, Roy (2008). Alpine & Renault: The Development of the Revolutionary Turbo F1 Car 1968 to 1979. Veloce Publishing Ltd. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-84584-177-5. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Le cercle des copilotes disparus : Jean Marc Andrié, pour quelques minutes d'éternité…". 4 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Jean-Marc Andrié par Eric Bhat". 15 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Motorsport Memorial -".
  5. ^ "Gilles Thimonier - rally profile". Retrieved 27 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Disparition de Pierre Thimonier".
  7. ^ "Disparition de Pierre Thimonier".
Sporting positions
Preceded by French Touring Car Champion
Succeeded by