Jean-Pierre Nicolas

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Jean-Pierre Nicolas
Personal information
Nationality France French
Born (1945-01-22) 22 January 1945 (age 77)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1973–1980, 1984
Co-driver France Michel Vial
France Vincent Laverne
France Jean Todt
France Jean-Claude Lèfevbre
Teams Alpine-Renault, Peugeot
Rallies 40
Championships 0
Rally wins 5
Podiums 13
Stage wins 31
Total points 32
First rally 1973 Monte Carlo Rally
First win 1973 Tour de Corse
Last win 1978 Ivory Coast Rally
Last rally 1984 San Remo Rally

Jean-Pierre Nicolas (born 22 January 1945 in Marseille) is a retired French professional rally driver who competed mainly in the 1970s.

Nicolas took five WRC event wins in the World Rally Championship. His best result in the drivers' championship was second with 31 points, after Markku Alén (53) and ahead of Hannu Mikkola (30), in the 1978 FIA Cup for Drivers.[1]

He was the Sporting Director for Peugeot in the WRC until 2005, around the time the 206 WRC and the short-lived factory-spec 307 WRC from 2004 to 2005 was the official works Peugeot car. He was then the FIA Intercontinental Rally Challenge's Motorsport Development Manager.

WRC wins

  #   Event Season Co-driver Car
1 France 17ème Tour de Corse 1973 Michel Vial Alpine-Renault A110 1800
2 Morocco 19ème Rallye du Maroc 1976 Michel Gamet Peugeot 504
3 Monaco 46ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 1978 Vincent Laverne Porsche 911
4 Kenya 26th Safari Rally 1978 Jean-Claude Lefèbvre Peugeot 504 V6 Coupé
5 Ivory Coast 10ème Rallye Bandama Côte d'Ivoire 1978 Michel Gamet Peugeot 504 V6 Coupé
Nicolas and Jean-Claude Lefèbvre won the 26th Safari Rally in 1978 driving a Peugeot 504 V6 Coupé


  1. RallyBase – 1978 FIA Cup for Rally Drivers