Bernard Béguin

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Bernard Béguin (born September 27, 1947 in Grenoble ) is a former French rally and circuit racing driver .


Bernard Béguin was best known as a rally driver. He started rallying in 1971. First on the road as an amateur, he raced professionally from the mid-1970s. Four times - 1979, 1991, 1992 and 1993 - he won the overall ranking of the French rally championship. His greatest international success was his victory in the Tour de Corse in 1987 on a BMW M3 . He contested his last rally in 1996 when he took part in the Monte Carlo Rally in a Subaru Impreza .

Three times - in 1975, 1977 and 1980 - Béguin also competed as a driver in the 24 Hours of Le Mans . The Porsche 935 , which he shared with Claude Haldi and Volkert Merl in 1980, failed after 37 laps with engine failure. Five years before that he reached 15th place in the overall ranking. In 1977 he failed because of an overheated cylinder.


Le Mans results

year team vehicle Teammate Teammate placement Failure reason
1975 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Porsche Club Romand Porsche 911 Carrera SwitzerlandSwitzerland Claude Haldi SwitzerlandSwitzerland Peter Zbinden 15th place and class win
1977 GermanyGermany Bernard Béguin Porsche 911 Carrera RSR FranceFrance Robert Boubet FranceFrance Jean-Claude Briavoine failure overheated cylinder
1980 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Meccarillos Racing Porsche 935 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Claude Haldi GermanyGermany Volkert Merl failure Engine failure

Individual results in the sports car world championship

season team race car 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 10 11 12 13 14th 15th 16
1975 Porsche Club Romand Porsche Carrera RSR United StatesUnited States DAY ItalyItaly MUG FranceFrance DIJ ItalyItaly MON BelgiumBelgium SPA ItalyItaly BY GermanyGermany ONLY FranceFrance ZEL United StatesUnited States WAT
DNF 4th 20th
1980 Meccarillos Racing
Mazda Motul Team
Porsche 935
Mazda RX-7
United StatesUnited States DAY United KingdomUnited Kingdom BRH United StatesUnited States SEB ItalyItaly MUG ItalyItaly MON United StatesUnited States RIV United KingdomUnited Kingdom SIL GermanyGermany ONLY FranceFrance LEM United StatesUnited States DAY United StatesUnited States WAT BelgiumBelgium SPA CanadaCanada MOS United StatesUnited States ROA ItalyItaly VAL FranceFrance DIJ
DNF DNF 21st 2
1982 Claude Haldi Porsche 935 ItalyItaly MON United KingdomUnited Kingdom SIL GermanyGermany ONLY FranceFrance LEM BelgiumBelgium SPA ItalyItaly MUG JapanJapan FUJ United KingdomUnited Kingdom BRH

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