Frenchman Jean-Claude Andruet, and his co-driver Michele Petit, driving a Renault Alpine, today (Friday 26 Jan) won the 42nd Monte Carlo Rally.
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Background: Frenchman Jean-Claude Andruet, and his co-driver Michele Petit, driving a Renault Alpine, today (Friday 26 Jan) won the 42nd Monte Carlo Rally.
Second was the 1971 winner, Ove Andersson of Sweden with French co-driver Jean Todt.
The third place went to the French team of Jean Pierre Nicolas and Guy Vial.
All three placegetters drove Alpines in a rally marred by controversy.
Andruet's win was described as a magnificent effort, and he snatched victory by only 26 seconds from Andersson on the final speed section after battling throughout the night.
Mlle. Petit is the first woman since 1926 to be part of a winning team.
Earlier in the rally there were bitter scenes when a speed section was blocked by snow and cars. The organisers staved off a protest planned for the final night by offering free entry to next year's event.
SYNOPSIS: The 42nd Monte Carlo rally was packed with incidents...not all of them directly concerned with actual driving. But the overall result all depended on the final speed test. Throughout the night the eventual winner, Jean Claude Andruet, battled with Renault team mates Andersson of Sweden and Nicolas of France. Andruet lost the lead at one point when he punctured...only to grab it back when Andersson hit a guard rail and blew out two tyres. On the last approach 21 seconds covered the three leaders, but Andruet won by 26 seconds after a tremendous final drive. His co-driver. Michele Petit became the first woman to be part of winning team since 1926.
Renaults took five of the first six places and organised mollified drivers, angry over rally incidents, by offering free entry next year.