While the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship kick off this weekend in Monte-Carlo, the historic season starts next weekend and will see the return of the 1981 Rallye Monte-Carlo winning Renault 5 Turbo.
Winner of the 1981 French Renault Cross Elf Trophy and the Renault 5 GT Turbo Trophy in 1986, Jean Ragnotti will once again take to the roads between Reims and Monaco in his Renault 5 Turbo co-driven by Michel Duvernay; At the tender age of 70 the French rally veteran has lost none of his legendary driving skills.
Ragnotti will be joined by three other Renault drivers which include Michel Leclère winner of the Premier Pas Dunlop Coupe Gordini racing scholarship in 1969 which ultimately led to a drive in Formula 1, Alain Serpaggi and Christian Chambord all driving their Group 2 Renault 5 Alpine‘s.
Check out this video of Ragnotti in action on the 1981 Rallye Monte-Carlo…
Team Renault Classic will start the 2016 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique in Reims, France, on January 29. The event ends in Monaco on Wednesday, February 3.