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Rallye International de Madagascar

The Rallye International de Madagascar is an international rally racing event organised by the Federation du Sport Auto-Moto de Madagascar. The rally, Madagascar's biggest annual motorsport event is based in the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo.[1] The event is a round of the African Rally Championship and the Madagascan National Rally Championship.

The rally, the oldest event still running in African, began in 1951 as the Rally du Sud. It was renamed the Rallye Shell de Madagascar in 1953, then the Grand rallye International de Madagascar in 1970. Political instability which in turn led to the collapse of the Madagascan economy saw the rally suspended after the 1972 event. The Grand Rallye de Madagascar returned briefly from 1986 to 1990 before the collapse of the military government saw another period of suspension.

1997 saw the Rallye International de Madagascar return again only briefly until 2001. Another rally was held in 2003 before it returned in 2010 as a candidate rally for the African Rally Championship. Its success saw the event graduate to ARC status for 2010.

The French influence over the event is strong. French colonial rule of Madagascar ended in 1960 but the first local driver to win the event was not until 1966. French cars likewise have dominated the event with Citroën, Peugeots and Renaults dominating the results, still providing winning cars right up until 1999 despite the influence of the Japanese manufacturers on the sport globally. One of the odd traditions of Madagascar rallying is competitors are commonly referred to by nicknames and pseudonyms rather than their actual names. "Joda", otherwise known as Jean-Yves Ranarivelo is the most successful driver in the rallies history with five victories spread between 1990 and the first African championship event in 2011.

List of winnersEdit

Sourced in part from:[2]

Year Winner Car
Rallye du Sud
1951   Chantrel Peugeot 203
1952   Chantrel Peugeot 203
Rallye Shell de Madagascar
1953   Bigeon Land Rover
1954   de Villeneuve Jeep
1955   Castere Citroën 2CV
1956   Chantrel Peugeot 403
1957 Not held
1958   Patry Citroën ID19
1959   Chantrel Peugeot 403
1960   de Lagiroday Porsche
1961 Not held
1962   Duclos Renault Dauphine
1963   Duclos Citroën DS19
1964   Obeniche Saab 96
1965   Duclos Austin Cooper S
1966   Ramaroson Austin Cooper S
1967   Mahaison Peugeot 404
1968   Andriantsoa Renault 16 TS
1969   Noudeu Fiat 125S
Grand Rallye International de Madagascar
1970   Nivelle Citroën DS21
1971   Ramanantsoa Peugeot 504
1972
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1985
Not held
Grand Rallye de Madagascar
1986   "Rafala" Peugeot 504
1987   "Dofa" Renault 18 TS
1988   "Bebe" Peugeot 504
1989   Frères Rakotondrabesa Peugeot 504
1990   Jean-Yves Ranarivelo Opel Ascona
Rallye International de Madagascar
1997   "Mimi" Peugeot 106 Kit Car
1998   "Roses" Peugeot 106 Kit Car
1999   Jean-Yves Ranarivelo Renault Clio
2000   "Razakaboana" Nissan Pulsar GTI-R
2001   Jean-Yves Ranarivelo Subaru Impreza WRX
2002 Not held
2003   Mamy Hubert Rajoelison Toyota Celica GT-Four
2004
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2009
Not held
2010   Jean-Yves Ranarivelo Subaru Impreza WRX STi
2011   Jean-Yves Ranarivelo Subaru Impreza WRX STi
2012   Mamy Patrick Solofonirina Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2013   Olivier Ramiandrisoa Subaru Impreza WRX STi
2014   Mamy Patrick Solofonirina Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2015   Mamy Patrick Solofonirina Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

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