Jean Ragnotti

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Jean "Jeannot" Ragnotti (born August 29, 1945 in Pernes-les-Fontaines near Carpentras ) is a former French rally and circuit racing driver .


Jean Ragnotti began rallying in the late 1960s. His first racing car was a Renault R8 Gordini . In 1970 he finished second overall in the French Rally Championship and made a name for himself for the first time. Over the years, the French established himself as an all-round driver. After a few years in monoposto racing - in 1975 he was runner-up in the European Formula Renault Championship - he returned to rallying in 1976 and also began to regularly drive sports car races. He proved his versatility in 1977 by winning the French Rallycross Championship, which he had dominated with a Renault Alpine A310 V6 .

In 1975 he made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans , where he finished fourth in the overall standings in 1977 and 1978. However, he celebrated his greatest successes in the 1980s in the World Rally Championship . As a Renault factory driver, he won three world championship races. In 1981 he secured the overall ranking of the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally on a Renault 5 Turbo . In 1982 and 1985, Ragnotti won the Tour de Corse . In 1985 he won the so-called R5 Maxi Turbo , one of the most powerful rally cars of the time. In 1984 and 1985 he won the overall ranking of the Tour de France for automobiles with the R5 Turbo .

Until the end of his career, in the mid-1990s, Ragnotti kept switching between circuit racing and rally slopes. In 1989 he was touring car champion in his home country and in 1994 he celebrated his seventh French rally championship.

A racing car was also named after Jean Ragnotti: the Clio Renault Sport 2.0L Jean Ragnotti .


Le Mans results

year team vehicle Teammate Teammate Teammate placement Failure reason
1975 FranceFrance Philippe Mettetal Tecma PHM755 FranceFrance Michel Lateste failure ignition
1977 FranceFrance Inaltera Inaltera LM77 FranceFrance Jean Rondeau 4th place and class win
1978 FranceFrance Ecurie Calberson Alpine A442A FranceFrance Jean-Pierre Jabouille FranceFrance José Dolhem FranceFrance Guy Fréquelin Rank 4
1979 FranceFrance VSD Canon Jean Rondeau Rondeau M379 FranceFrance Bernard Darniche Rank 5
1980 FranceFrance Jean Rondeau ITT Le Point Rondeau M379B FranceFrance Henri Pescarolo failure overheated cylinder
1981 FranceFrance Calberson Jean Rondeau Rondeau M379 FranceFrance Jean-Louis Lafosse failure fatal accident in Lafosse
1982 FranceFrance Jean Rondeau Automobiles Rondeau M382 FranceFrance Jean Rondeau FranceFrance Henri Pescarolo failure Engine failure


  • Christian Moity, Jean-Marc Teissedre: 24 hours of mans . 1923-1992. 2 volumes. Édition d'Art JB Barthelemy, Besançon 1992, ISBN 2-909-413-06-3 .

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