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Little Classics News: 25 January 2015

Team Renault Classic Enters 2015 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique

Renault 16 TS

Named Car of the Year in 1966, the Renault 16 was seen as Renault’s first true ‘Voiture à Vivre’ (car for living) and made a durable mark on the French automobile scene.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Renault’s most innovative family cars, Team Renault Classic has entered a brace of Renault 16 TSs for this year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. The two classic cars will be in the hands of Michel Leclère and Thierry Emptas.

No.16 (Renault 16 TS)

To contribute further to the spectators' enjoyment, Team Renault Classic has also entered two Renault 12 Gordinis for the historic rally calendar’s opener. They will be driven by Jean Ragnotti, winner of the 1981 Rallye Monte Carlo in a Renault 5 Turbo, and former Alpine driver/test driver Alain Serpaggi.

No.16 (Renault 16 TS) rear

The four Team Renault Classic crews are:

  • No.1 (Renault 12 Gordini): Jean Ragnotti and his co-driver Michel Duvernay, winner of the 1981 French Renault Cross Elf Cup and 1986 Renault 5 GT Turbo Cup.
  • No.12 (Renault 12 Gordini): Alain Serpaggi, navigated by Jean-Pierre Prevost.
  • No.16 (Renault 16 TS): ex-Formula 1 driver Michel Leclère. The winner of the 1969 Premier Pas Dunlop Gordini Cup will be joined in the car by Laurent Lamat and Gilles Dubois, winners of a competition organised by FCRA (Fédération des Clubs Renault et Alpine).
  • No.18 (Renault 16 TS): Thierry Emptas and Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique regular François Forgeoux.

The Team Renault Classic crews will start the 2015 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique in Reims, north-eastern France, on 30th January. The event will finish in the Principality on the night of 3-4th February.


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