The first version of the one nicknamed the “rally of 10,000 turns” happened in November 1956. Organized by Doctor Jean Sermonard, the primary Tour de Corse was run on a 1,000-kilometer route, made up totally of asphalt roads .
But these roads are demanding. Of the 43 crews that left Bastia on November 17, solely 17 crossed the end line the following day in Ajaccio.
The first winners are Gilberte Thirion and Nadège Ferrier, aboard a ready Renault Dauphine reaching 50 horsepower and fitted with a five-speed gearbox. Another Dauphine got here second, forward of a Porsche 356.
Registered within the French rally championship…
The Tour de Corse rapidly turns into a necessary occasion. In 1967, it grew to become a spherical of the French rally championship. Foreign pilots flock from Sweden, Finland, Italy and the United Kingdom to compete towards its roads.
On November 5, 1967, 98 members set off from Ajaccio to run for 1,320 km by means of the mountains of the island. Among them, many official groups are current, akin to Alpine, Lancia and Alfa Romeo.
The combat is hard between Sandra Munari, on Lancia, and Vic Elford, on Porsche. But Munari’s deal with on moist roads made him the winner when he returned to Ajaccio on November 6. “We were driving fast, he was flying!” Says his rival.
… then on the world championship
During the 1970 version, the route lengthened to achieve 1,420 km, together with 354.4 km of particular levels (ES), twelve in quantity.
At their peak, the Alpine A110 1,600 received three locations on the rostrum. On step one, Bernard Darniche emerged victorious from every of the twelve specials!
In 1973, the Tour de Corse grew to become a spherical of the world rally championship. The domination of the berlinettes continues: Nicolas, Piot and Thérier occupy the primary three positions, every on an A110 1800.
The period of all extra
Ten years later, monsters arrive on the Isle of Beauty.
Group B rally vehicles, prototypes in-built 200 copies every, have been unleashed from 1982 on the roads of the Tour de Corse. Among them, names have remained engraved within the historical past of motorsport: Lancia 037, Audi Turbo Quattro Sport, Lancia Delta S4, Peugeot 205 turbo 16…
In 1986, these vehicles exceeded 500 horsepower. But accidents are rising.
Attilio Bettego misplaced his life in the course of the 1985 version of the Tour de Corse. Then in 1986, the deadly accident of Henri Toivonen and Sergio Cresto condemned group B.
A brand new regulation comes into drive from 1987. The energy of the vehicles goes all the way down to round 300 hp.
The reign of Didier Auriol
The following 12 months, a sure Didier Auriol received the Tour de Corse for the primary time, aboard a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth.
Born in Montpellier, this pilot had began working as an ambulance driver in Millau. In 1982, he was seen by profitable the Quercy rally.
This first victory in Corsica won’t be his final. Hired by Lancia boss Cesare Fioro, he received the 1989 and 1990 editions on Lancia Delta.
Then in 1992, he took the lead within the first particular and saved it till the tip, on a brand new model of his automotive, the Delta Integrale. He completed the rally greater than a minute forward of his closest competitor, François Delecour.
After becoming a member of Toyota along with his co-driver Bernard Occelli in 1994, Didier Auriol continues to dominate the occasion. He received his fifth Tour de Corse and the identical 12 months grew to become the primary French to be topped world rally champion.
In 1995, he received his sixth and final Tour de Corse.
The coronation of Sébastien Loeb
A brand new grand slam takes place in 2005.
On Citroën Xsara WRC, Sébastien Loeb drives house the purpose within the first particular. He wins all of them, as much as the twelfth. In second place, Toni Gardemeister is greater than two minutes from the French.
This is a primary masterful victory on this occasion for Seb Loeb, however it won’t be the final: he’ll win three different editions of the Tour de Corse.