Didier Auriol Racecar driver
Didier Auriol (born August 18, 1958) is a French rally driver. Born in Montpellier, and initially an ambulance driver, Auriol made his name as a French rally driver in the World Rally Championship throughout the 1990s. He became World Rally Champion in 1994, the first from his country to do so. He was a factory candidate for Lancia, Toyota and Peugeot among others, before losing his seat at Škoda at the end of 2003. At the age of 21, Auriol started rallying in an old Simca 1000. He drove the Simca 2 Years, then he got a Renault 5 Turbo, With this car, he drove in the French Rallye Championship. In 1986 a MG dealer gave him a Metro 6R4. With this car, he won his first French Rallye Championship. With the beginning of the Group A car time, he got a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and with his car he was French Rallye Champion 1987 and 1988 Auriol won his first World Championship event, the 1988 Tour de Corse, whilst driving a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth. For 1989 he moved to the Martini Lancia team, where he remained for four seasons, driving three successive versions of the then-dominant Lancia Delta Integrale.