Renault Classic has contested the famous Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique since 2011. This year, Renault Classic has entered four crews in a variety of Renault 5 rally cars. The 2016 event starts on January 29.

Return of the 1981 Monte-winning Renault 5 Turbo
Jean Ragnotti, who turns 70 this year, has lost nothing of his celebrated acrobatic driving skills. This month, he is poised to return to the Rallye Monte-Carlo stages in the same Renault 5 Turbo he steered to victory on the wintry event 35 years ago. To mark the anniversary, the French driver’s car will once again feature the number ‘nine’ on its doors!

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Meanwhile, fellow Renault Classic runners Michel Leclère, Alain Serpaggi and Christian Chambord will contest the event in Group 2 Renault 5 Alpine, a car that was fondly referred to as a ‘skateboard’ in its heyday.

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.

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The four crews:

  • Car N°1 (Group 2 Renault 5 Alpine): Michel Leclère, winner of the Premier Pas Dunlop Coupe Gordini racing scholarship in 1969 which ultimately led to a drive in Formula 1. Michel’s co-driver will be François-Paul Forgeoux, a regular Monte-Carlo Historique competitor.
  • Car N°9 (Renault 5 Turbo): Jean Ragnotti will be co-driven by Michel Duvernay, winner of the 1981 French Renault Cross Elf Trophy and the Renault 5 GT Turbo Trophy in 1986.
  • Car N°12 (Group 2 Renault 5 Alpine): Alain Serpaggi, co-driven by Jean-Pierre Prevost.
  • Car N°19 (Group 2 Renault 5 Alpine):  Christian Chambord, co-driven by Patrick Fourestie.

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