A Year, A Picture : Tour de Corse 1988

A Year, A Picture : Tour de Corse 1988


The World Rally Championship 1988 stops by the île de Beauté in May for the 32nd Tour de Corse, which counts 93 drivers at the starting line in Ajaccio. This year sees the first victory of a Ford vehicle, the Serria Cosworth, during the World Rally Championship.

What a special year this one was. First of all, 1988 was the first time that we saw a 2,86 kilometers long super special stage during the Tour de Corse, which was won by the 1986 winner, Bruno Saby. The second reason is that it brought the spectators a very breath taking competition between Yves Loubet and Didier Auriol. Indeed, over the 30 special stages ran, the two French drivers shared the scratch time of 27 of them!

Loubet, born in Porto-Vecchio, uses his knowledge of the roads to take the lead. Didier Auriol was never far behind and let Loubet stay a few seconds ahead only.

The next day, the Corse native is victim of his Lancia Delta HF Integrale’s gearbox, and gives up around eight minutes to Auriol. Loubet finally bounced back to conquer the second place during the last special stage at the expense of Bernard Béguin. Indeed, the winner of the previous year lost his second place after hitting a rock and had his chances for a podium crushed for this edition.

Didier Auriol gets his first World Rally Championship, which started a long series for the French driver, who insured a supremacy on the Corsica Island. Yves Loubet finishes up at the second step of the podium for the second year in a row. He will never see the steps of the podium on his island during a WRC stage.

Podium :

  1. Didier Auriol- Bernard Occelli (Ford Sierra RS Cosworth)
  2. Yves Loubet- Jean-Bernard Vieu (Lancia Delta HF Integrale)
  3. Bruno Saby- Jean-François Fauchille (Lancia Delta HF Integrale)

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