Flying down a racetrack at 160kph, turn the steering wheel slightly to the right, followed by a sharp turn to the left… If your name is Jean Ragnotti, then you’ll have just sent your Renault Maxi 5 Turbo into a spectacular 360° spin. Otherwise, don’t even try it!
He calls himself the "corner merchant". As mischievous as he is talented, Jean Ragnotti has no equal when it comes to entertaining a motorsport crowd. At each of his appearances, fans cannot wait to see his famous 360° spins, which have become his trademark.
This tradition dates back to the end of the 1980s, when Renault dominated the French Super Production Championship. When he had a big enough lead at the end of a race, Jean threw his R21 Turbo 4x4 into a spectacular double spin as he crossed the finishing line! The fans absolutely loved it…
If you want to find out how Jean Ragnotti does what he does in the Renault Maxi 5 Turbo – in which he won the 1985 Tour de Corse – then check out this superb video, recorded on the Paul Ricard circuit!