Jean Ragnotti Returns to The Monte

We’ve a soft spot for Jean Ragnotti. Anyone who drives with such passion and commitment, while balancing it with mental dexterity, is to be applauded. We’ve written elsewhere about Jean’s typically Gallic disregard for authority and it seems that, despite turning seventy years olf this yar, he’s not slowing down.

Classic Renault motorsport colours for Ragnotti's No 9
Classic Renault motorsport colours for Ragnotti’s No 9

Renault Classic are running him in a Renault 5 Maxi Turbo on this year’s Monte Classic event. Running as car 9, in classic Renault Sport colours, he will team up with co-driver Michel Duvernay alongside other entries from Renault Classic. Renault Classic runners Michel Leclère, Alain Serpaggi and Christian Chambord will also be entered in Group 2 Renault 5 Alpines.

It marks the 35th anniversary of Rangotti’s win on the historic event. With Sebastien Loeb also entered in the WRC round, the French are out in force to bring home the silverware. If ever there was a year to stand in the cold, Vin Chaud in one hand, fireworks in the other, perhaps this year is the one to do it. If you doubt Rangotti’s pace, watch this video from just a couple of years ago in a Renault Super Sixteen car. He’s still got it…..

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Author: Neill Watson

If you love the sound of the Cosworth V8 as much as the V12 Merlin, the smell of Jet A1 as much as Castrol R and admire the late Ray Hanna as much as Sir Stirling, you’ll find you’re both on the same page. Neill's love of art deco buildings means that his ideal home would be a brilliant white, 1930′s control tower in Southern France, with crisply mown grass, biplane parked on the driveway and a Ferrari 288GTO in the garage. This is something that those around him tolerate, though it does concern them from time to time.

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