Team Renault Classic Enters Four Cars For 2015 Rallye Monte-Carlo


January 23, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on August 4, 2015

Team Renault Classic enters four cars for 2015 Rallye Monte-Carlo
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the famous Renault 16, Team Renault Classic has entered two R16 TSs for the 18th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, as well as two Renault 12 Gordinis.

  • In total, four Team Renault Classic crews will line up to start the event in Reims, northeastern France, on 30th January. The finish in Monaco is scheduled for the night of 3-4thFebruary.

Named Car of the Year in 1966, the Renault 16 was seen as Renault’s first true ‘Voiture à Vivre’ 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 cars will be in the hands of Michel Leclère and Thierry Emptas.

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.

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, northeastern France, on 30th January. The event will finish in the Principality on the night of 3-4th February.