MOTOR SPORT: Drivers Jean Ragnotti and Bruno Saby ship their recollections for the fiftieth anniversary of the Dijon-Prenois circuit
This Wednesday, October 12, former racing drivers gathered to fulfill the general public.
“The Pouas curve is probably the most sophisticated nook that exists within the circuits on this planet”, factors out Jean Ragnotti.
Inaugurated in 1972, the Circuit Dijon-Prenois has hosted the most important world occasions since its beginnings, with specifically the 1,000 km of Dijon in 1973, counting for the World Endurance Championship. A 12 months later, the primary of seven Method 1 Grands Prix brings collectively an unimaginable crowd.
The Circuit can be the scene of levels within the automotive and motorbike Excursions, in addition to biking, with the Tour de France thrice, and hosts the ETCC, the WTCC, the European and French Truck Championship, the F3000 or the DTM once more.
Certified by pilots from all around the world as one of the vital lovely tracks, it is usually one of the vital demanding in France. The Circuit has due to this fact seen legends journey on its asphalt comparable to Niki Lauda, Ronnie Peterson, Henri Pescaloro, Jacky Ickx, Jean Pierre Beltoise, Jacques Laffite, Jean Pierre Jabouille, Alain Prost or Giacomo Agostini…
“I’ve three wins right here at Dijon-Prenois»
Jean Ragnotti additionally drove in Dijon. Topped with eight championship titles in varied classes, “Jeannot”, his nickname, has an vital observe document achieved specifically on the Circuit de Dijon-Prenois
“I had the pleasure of driving in 1975 with a victory in Method Renault Europe, in 1981 one other victory within the Renault 5 turbo within the European Cup model, and in 1989 with the R21 turbo 4X4. So I’ve three victories right here at Dijon-Prenois, it is a circuit that has counted loads in my profession.
“However I need to say that the Pouas curve is a giant problem. It is the final curve earlier than the straight to affix the pits. It is vitally lengthy, it closes just a little with a bump within the center, it’s the most intricate nook that exists within the circuits on this planet.
“It is a circuit that I actually appreciated, however I even have very nice style and liquid recollections, you have got a area that actually lends itself to the pleasures of the desk.”
“That is my Proust madeleine»
Bruno Saby additionally got here to the Circuit de Dijon-Prenois. This Grenoblois is up to now the one world champion to have gained the three most prestigious occasions in motor racing: the Tour de Corse in 1986, the Monte-Carlo rally in 1988 and the Paris-Dakar in 1993.
“I gained right here in Prenois, in 1974, an occasion referred to as Le Volant. I participated with individuals who rode each Sunday on the circuit. I did not know the location or the automotive, and I took this Steering Wheel, which was a automotive to be gained for a rally season. However sadly I didn’t do that season since this rally didn’t happen for monetary causes.
“However my recollections of Dijon are all these drivers that I met in several disciplines. Boys like Jacky Ickx or Gérard Larousse whom I noticed once more at present on the event of this anniversary is an actual pleasure. I’ve flashes of Dijon-Prenois which come again to me extra usually in comparison with different circuits the place I’ve nonetheless reported extra awards. It’s considerably because of this that I got here. It is my Proust madeleine.”
Pictures: N. Banquet
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