A Year, A Picture: Tour de Corse 1980
Jean-Luc Thérier and Michel Vial with a Porsche 911 SC © DPPI

A Year, A Picture: Tour de Corse 1980

22/11/2013

Jean-Luc Thérier takes the win with a Porsche, the first time for more than 10 years, at the Tour de Corse 1980. He seizes his fifth and last victory in the World Rally Championship.

The twenty-fourth edition of the Tour de Corse (the eighth one in the World Rally Championship) unfolds under a shiny autumnal sun at the end of October 1980, and crosses Corsica, from Ajaccio to Bastia during the first leg, and the other way around during the second leg.

Out of the one thousand and six hundreds kilometers to go through, more than a thousand is spread over eighteen special stages. Those long stages are in fact deadly for many crews: only sixteen of them, over 120 at the start, reach the finish line.

This tenth round of the 1980 World Rally Championship sees the triumph of the famous Norman driver, Jean-Luc Thérier, with a Porsche 911 SC prepared by the equally well-known Alméras brothers. Despite Jean Ragnotti’s excellent start with the Renault Turbo 5, and a strong fighting Jean-Claude Andruet, Jean-Luc Thérier takes the lead after two-thirds of the race and wins it in front of Walter Röhrl, the future World Rally Champion of 1980.

The unofficial first World Rally Champion (in 1973, an honorific reward, since the Drivers’ title was only created in 1979) seizes his fifth and last victory in the World Rally Championship. The final podium of this 1980 Tour de Corse is constituted by:

  1. Jean-Luc Thérier – Michel Vial (Porsche 911 SC)
  2. Walter Röhrl – Christian Geistdörfer (Fiat 131 Abarth)
  3. Alain Coppier – Josépha Laloz (Porsche 911 SC)

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