A Year, A Picture: Tour de Corse 1989

A Year, A Picture: Tour de Corse 1989


This 33rd edition of the Tour de Corse is remembered because of its small amount of competitors who started the race in Ajaccio. Indeed, there were only 79 to take the roads at the end of April. We have to go all the way back to 1975 to see a Tour de Corse with numbers below those from the Tour de Corse 1989.

Inside everyone’s minds (the drivers, the spectators, and the specialists), Yves Loubet and Didier Auriol should fight for the win this year gain, for this 5th stage of the World Rally Championship. Inside the paddock, people think the Lancias will dominate the race over very demanding stages.

During the second stage of the Tour de Corse, there is a faceoff between Auriol’s Lancia Delta HF Integral and Chatriot’s BMW M3. The latter one take the lead for this stage, and he is in a really good shape during this rally, only Auriol can keep up with him. The fight between the two French drivers attracts all the attention. However, it is important to notice that Yves Loubet is the unlucky loser of this rally as he got a flat tire at the beginning of the rally but can never get back to the top in order to compete for a podium. We can also notice the good attitude of the Toyotas Celica GT-4, which manage to rival with the Lancias.

On the next day the rain invites itself to the party on the Island, and thanks to the brand new breaks and a better locomotion with his Lancia, Auriol is at ease on this complicated road, and takes the lead of the special. He will then handle the lead and keep his follower at a good distance. A race with no mistake which allow him to win a second title two years in a row.

With another Lancia’s car winning in Corsica, the Italian brand shows the supremacy of its vehicle with better performances on the Corsican lands.


Podium :

  1.  Didier Auriol – Bernard Occelli (Lancia Delta HF Integrale)
  2. François Chatriot- Michel Périn (BMW M3)
  3. Juha Kankkunen – Juha Piironen (Toyota Celica GT-4)

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