Bernard Darniche

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Bernard Darniche (born March 28, 1942 in Cenon ) is a former French rally and circuit racing driver .


Bernard Darniche is together with Didier Auriol the record winner at the Tour de Corse , which he won six times like his compatriot. In 1970 - the rally was not yet part of the world championship - he won on an Alpine A110 . In 1975, 1979 and 1981 he won with a Lancia Stratos HF and two more successes he achieved in 1977 and 1978 with a Fiat 131 Abarth . He celebrated his first victory in a major rally in 1973 when he won his first world championship run with the triumph at the Rally Morocco .

In 1979 he was also on the list of winners at the Monte Carlo Rally when he won with his long-time co-driver Alan Mahé in a Lancia Stratos HF. The legendary special stage over the Col de Turini , which was traditionally driven on the last night of the rally, Darniche was able to win ten times in his career.

He won the French rally championship three times (1972, 1976, 1978) and was also European champion in 1976 and 1977. He secured the overall ranking of the Tour de France for automobiles in 1975 , 1977 , 1979 and 1980 .

He was also active on the circuit. In 1972 he made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans , where he achieved his best position in the endurance classic in 1979 with fifth place overall.


Le Mans results

year team vehicle Teammate Teammate placement Failure reason
1972 United StatesUnited States John Greenwood Racing Chevrolet Corvette United StatesUnited States John Greenwood FranceFrance Alain Cudini failure Engine failure
1976 United StatesUnited States IMSA Camel Chevrolet Corvette Stingray United StatesUnited States John Greenwood failure Defect on the radiator
1978 FranceFrance Jean Rondeau Rondeau M378 FranceFrance Jean Rondeau FranceFrance Jacky Haran 9th place and class win
1979 FranceFrance VSD Canon Jean Rondeau Rondeau M379 FranceFrance Jean Ragnotti Rank 5
1980 ItalyItaly Scuderia Lancia Corse Lancia Beta Monte Carlo ItalyItaly Teo Fabi GermanyGermany Hans Heyer failure Engine failure
1981 FranceFrance BMW France BMW M1 FranceFrance Philippe Alliot VenezuelaVenezuela Johnny Cecotto Rank 16


  • Christian Moity, Jean-Marc Teissèdre, Alain Bienvenu: 24 heures du Mans, 1923–1992. Éditions d'Art, Besançon 1992, ISBN 2-909-413-06-3 .

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