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Gareth Jones driving a Subaru Impreza WRC at the 2008 rally.

The Tour de Corse - Rallye de France is a rally race first held in 1956 on the island of Corsica. It has been part of the World Rally Championship schedule since the inaugural 1973 season. The name "Tour de Corse" refers to the fact that in the early days it was run around the island; nowadays it only features roads around Ajaccio. The rally is held on asphalt roads, and it is known as the “Ten Thousand Turns Rally” because of the twisty mountain roads.

Several drivers have been killed during the event. Attilio Bettega, driving a Lancia Rally 037, died during the fourth special stage of the 1985 rally, Zérubia-Santa Giulia. In 1986, exactly a year later, Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto died in their Lancia Delta S4 during the 18th stage of the event, Corte-Taverna.

The first running of the rally was won by the Belgian female driver Gilberte Thirion in a Renault Dauphine. Two drivers have won the event a record six times; Bernard Darniche (1970, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1981) and Didier Auriol (1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995). The only non-French drivers to win the event more than once are Sandro Munari, Markku Alén and Colin McRae. Sébastien Loeb has won the previous four runnings of the event

Winners

Season Driver Co-driver Car
2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC
2007 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC
2006 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën Xsara WRC
2005 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën Xsara WRC
2004 Estonia Markko Martin United Kingdom Michael Park Ford Focus WRC
2003 Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC
2002 France Gilles Panizzi France Hervé Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC
2001 Spain Jesús Puras Spain Marc Martí Citroën Xsara WRC
2000 France Gilles Panizzi France Hervé Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC
1999 France Philippe Bugalski France Jean-Paul Chiaroni Citroën Xsara Kit Car
1998 United Kingdom Colin McRae United Kingdom Nicky Grist Subaru Impreza WRC
1997 United Kingdom Colin McRae United Kingdom Nicky Grist Subaru Impreza WRC
1996 France Philippe Bugalski France Jean-Paul Chiaroni Renault Mégane Maxi
1995 France Didier Auriol France Denis Giraudet Toyota Celica GT-Four
1994 France Didier Auriol France Denis Giraudet Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
1993 France François Delecour France Daniel Grataloup Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1992 France Didier Auriol France Bernard Occelli Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1991 Spain Carlos Sainz Spain Luís Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four
1990 France Didier Auriol France Bernard Occelli Lancia Delta Integrale 16V
1989 France Didier Auriol France Bernard Occelli Lancia Delta Integrale
1988 France Didier Auriol France Bernard Occelli Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
1987 France Bernard Béguin France Jean-Jacques Lenne BMW M3
1986 France Bruno Saby France Jean-François Fauchille Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
1985 France Jean Ragnotti France Pierre Thimonier Renault 5 Maxi Turbo
1984 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rally 037
1983 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rally 037
1982 France Jean Ragnotti France Jean-Marc Andrié Renault 5 Turbo
1981 France Bernard Darniche France Alain Mahé Lancia Stratos HF
1980 France Jean-Luc Thérier France Michel Vial Porsche 911 SC
1979 France Bernard Darniche France Alain Mahé Lancia Stratos HF
1978 France Bernard Darniche France Alain Mahé Fiat 131 Abarth
1977 France Bernard Darniche France Alain Mahé Fiat 131 Abarth
1976 Italy Sandro Munari Italy Silvio Maiga Lancia Stratos HF
1975 France Bernard Darniche France Alain Mahé Lancia Stratos HF
1974 France Jean-Claude Andruet France Michèle 'Biche' Espinosi-Petit Lancia Stratos HF
1973 France Jean-Pierre Nicolas France Michel Vial Alpine-Renault A110 1800
1972 France Jean-Claude Andruet France Michèle 'Biche' Espinosi-Petit Alpine-Renault A110 1800
1971 Cancelled.
1970 France Bernard Darniche France Bernard Demange Alpine-Renault A110 1800
1969 France Gérard Larrousse France Maurice Gelin Porsche 911 R
1968 France Jean-Claude Andruet France Maurice Gelin Alpine-Renault A110
1967 Italy Sandro Munari Italy Luciano Lombardini Lancia Fulvia HF Coupé
1966 France Jean-François Piot France Jean-François Jacob Renault 8 Gordini
1965 France Pierre Orsini France Jean-Baptiste Canocini Renault 8 Gordini
1964 France Jean Vinatier France Roger Masson Renault 8 Gordini
1963 France René Trautmann France Jean-Claude Ogier Citroën DS19
1962 France Pierre Orsini France Jean-Baptiste Canocini Renault Dauphine
1961 France René Trautmann France Jean-Claude Ogier Citroën DS19
1960 Germany Herbert Linge Germany Paul-Ernst Strähle Porsche SC 90
1959 France Pierre Orsini France Jean-Baptiste Canocini Renault Dauphine
1958 France Guy Monraisse France Jacques Feret Renault Dauphine
1957 France Michel Nicol France Roger de la Geneste Alfa Romeo Giulietta
1956 Belgium Gilberte Thirion Switzerland Nadège Ferrier Renault Dauphine

In 1996, due to the World Rally Championship's event rotation system used from 1994-96, the rally counted only for the FIA 2-Litre World Championship for Manufacturers.

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