TOTAL TRIUMPH

The brothers had to drop out of the 1981 race with car trouble, but were more determined than ever when the 1982 edition came around. Departure from Place de la Concorde saw 382 participant vehicles set off in an atmosphere of fun and fanfare. Over the coming days it became clear that the Desert Foxes’ now long-standing knowledge of racing in Africa and their Renault 20 was giving them an advantage. Eventually, their excellent navigation and driving skills won through, and they resisted the challenges from Briavoine-Deliaire (Lada), Jaussaud-Brière (Mercedes) and Ickx-Brasseur (Mercedes) to cross the finishing line ahead of the rest of the field.