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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
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Ragnotti at the 2011 Monte Carlo Rally
Personal information
NationalityFrance French
Born (1945-08-29) August 29, 1945 (age 73)
Pernes-les-Fontains
World Rally Championship record
Active years1973 – 1987, 1990 – 1995
Co-driverFrance Jean-Marc Andrié
France Pierre Thimonier
TeamsRenault
Rallies41
Championships0
Rally wins3
Podiums9
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 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.

WRC victoriesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Smith, Roy (2008). Alpine & Renault: The Development of the Revolutionary Turbo F1 Car 1968 to 1979. Veloce Publishing Ltd. p. 22. ISBN 1-84584-177-8. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Érik Comas
French Touring Car Champion
1988
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Malcher