The Norman driver Jean-Luc Thérier, former Alpine and Toyota rally world championship driver, has died. He was part of the Alpine adventure in the years 1960-1970, winning with the French team, the first world title in rallies.
It is a legend of the history of the rally that disappears. Normand Jean-Luc Thérier died at age 73 in Neufchâtel-en-Bray on Wednesday, July 31. Thérier was indeed part of the Alpine team, in 1973, which had been marked by the world title of the French team, the first in history, in world rally championship.
After a karting debut, including a Normandy champion title at age 18, Thérier quickly turned to road racing, first on a Traction and then a Dyane, before embarking on the R8 Gordini Cup, where he is spotted by his third, in the final at Le Mans, in 1966.
Thérier was a member of the Alpine-Renault team in 1973, where, at the wheel of the A110 berlinettes, he took an active part in obtaining the first World Rally Championship in history for the French team, alongside drivers from renowned as Jean-Pierre Nicolas, Bernard Darniche and Jean-Claude Andruet. In total, he has 7 victories in world (San Remo 1970, Acropolis 1970, Portugal 1973, Acropolis 1973, San Remo 1973, USA 1974 and Corsica 1980). He will also win several titles of champion of France rallies, asphalt in 1973 and 1982 and land in 1979. He will drive including for Toyota around the 1980s.
In parallel, Thérier will make some appearances in circuit, in particular with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, each time on Alpine, with as best result, a 10th place in 1968, on A210, in the company of Bernard Tramont.
Victim of a serious accident in 1984, Paris-Dakar, Jean-Luc Thérier must put an end to his career. The French driver, appreciated for his good mood, had been more rare in recent years.
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