A Year, A Picture: Tour de Corse 1982
Jean-Claude Andruet and Biche with their Ferrari 308 GTB at the 1982 Tour de Corse © DPPI

A Year, A Picture: Tour de Corse 1982

23/01/2014

The “Group B” washes into Corsica in 1982, but it is Jean Ragnotti and his legendary yellow Renault 5 Turbo who win. The reigning French Rally Champion scores his second international victory.

The 1982 edition launches the arrival of the monstrous “Group B” on the Beauty Island, even though Groups 1 to 4 are still dominating during this transition year. Jean Ragnotti scores a prestigious victory, his first one at the Tour de Corse, behind the wheel of his now mythical yellow Renault 5 Turbo.

The Renault ambassador nevertheless struggles against the best Frenchmen of his generation, and has to fight versus Jean-Claude Andruet, back with his Ferrari 308 GTB. In fact, only the weather puts to an end their battle: several hundreds of kilometers after the beginning (two-thirds of the layout), a torrential rain starts falling on the tortuous Corsican roads, making Andruet lose the head of the race, the absence of his assistance truck forcing him to take the road with slick tires, and losing several minutes in the action.

Constituted, for the first time since 1966, of three legs, the 1982 Tour de Corse’s final result is sealed after the second leg. The third day does not change anything and consecrates indeed Jean Ragnotti, in front of Jean-Claude Andruet and Bernard Béguin.

  1. Jean Ragnotti – Jean-Marc Andrié (Renault 5 Turbo)
  2. Jean-Claude Andruet – « Biche » (Ferrari 308 GTB)
  3. Bernard Béguin – Jean-Jacques Lenne (Porsche 911 SC)

Relive the race with these few minutes of archive:


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