Tour De Corse
The Tour de Corse - Rallye de France is a rally first held in 1956 on the island of Corsica. It was part of the World Rally Championship from the inaugural 1973 season until 2008. The name "Tour de Corse" refers to the fact that in the early days it was run around the island; nowadays it only features roads around Ajaccio. The rally is held on asphalt roads, and it is known as the "Ten Thousand Turns Rally" because of the twisty mountain roads.
Several drivers have been killed during the event. Attilio Bettega, driving a Lancia Rally 037, died during the fourth special stage of the 1985 rally, Zérubia-Santa Giulia. In 1986, exactly a year later, Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto died in their Lancia Delta S4 during the 18th stage of the event, Corte-Taverna.
The first running of the rally was won by the Belgian female driver Gilberte Thirion in a Renault Dauphine. Two drivers have won the event a record six times; Bernard Darniche (1970, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1981) and Didier Auriol (1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995). The only non-French drivers to win the event more than once are Sandro Munari, Markku Alén and Colin McRae. Sébastien Loeb won the last four WRC runnings of the event.
... until 1972, when her friend Jean Taibi asked her to practise the Tour de Corse with him ... Paris-Saint-Raphaël and then tackled the Tour de France Automobile ... In the Île de Beauté, a complementary event to the Tour de Corse at the end of 1973, Mouton finished eighth overall ...
... Feret Renault Dauphine 1957 Michel Nicol Roger de la Geneste Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1956 Gilberte Thirion Nadège Ferrier Renault Dauphine In 1996, due to the World ...
1000 Lakes Rally Ford Escort RS Rally Attilio Bettega Driver 2 May 1985 ... Tour de Corse Lancia Rally 037 Rally Henri Toivonen Driver 2 May 1986 ... Tour de Corse Lancia Delta S4 Rally Sergio Cresto Co-driver ...
... In the following season, he took his Renault 5 Turbo to victory at the Tour de Corse ... stages of European rallying, when in 1985, Ragnotti claimed the Tour de Corse again with Group B rallying at its zenith a win that came on debut of Renault 5 Maxi ... The 1985 Rothmans Tour de Corse would also prove to be a tragic affair after the fatal crash of Attilio Bettega on SS4 (Zerubia) of the event ...
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