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Guy Frequelin
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Director, Citroen Sport (1989-2007)

Guy Frequelin has become one of the most successful team managers in WRC history, largely thanks to his own tireless work that brought about the rise of Citroen Sport and his association with Sebastien Loeb.

First and foremost, Guy is a driver although he actually started his competition career in 1966 as a co-driver but soon switched to behind the wheel, both on rally but also on circuit racing and hill climbs. Already two years later he became French Circuit Champion in Group 1 with Renault R8 Gordini, first of his ten national titles in all in various disciplines, and in 1975 he became French Rally Champion in Group 1 with Alfa-Romeo.

Next year he was signed by Renault to do national series for them although in WRC events he still used other cars. With Renault's backing, he became overall French Rally Champion in 1977 and drove solely Renaults. Team offered only selected WRC outings and early on Renault 5 was not even especially competitive car but all that changed when Guy moved to Talbot. Pairing then largely unknown Henri Toivonen, Frequelin spearheaded Talbot's WRC assault. 1980 was a learning year for the team, despite some very encouraging results along the way, including Toivonen's legendary RAC win but also Frequelin's third places in Portugal and RAC.

Co-driven by able Jean Todt, season 1981 was to be almost perfect for Frequelin. Second in Monte Carlo, another second in Corsica and then, first win in Argentina whilst driving with a neck brace - a string of strong results after which Guy led the drivers' championship with a handsome lead. Guy led the championship until the final round of the season but retired there after an accident in closing stages and Vatanen took the title. Nevertheless, Guy's second place in the championship was best result for a French driver until Didier Auriol's 1994 championship title.

Talbot's programme ended and Guy moved on, finally securing drive for many years with Opel until taking a sabbatical in 1986 and finally hanging up drivers' gloves after 1987 season. From 1st of March 1989, he was appointed as a director of Citroen Sport, starting a slow path to greatness on the other side of the fence. Under his guidance, Citroen Sport has gone through various stages of transition, from rally raids to local rallies and ultimately, back to WRC. That included much internal politics as Citroen's sister company Peugeot was already in WRC and doing well.

Under Guy's guidance and with his persistence Citroen Sport has grown to be the force to reckoned with. Had Guy not relentlessly pressed on against PSA management, Citroen would not have been given the permission to enter the WRC while Peugeot was there. Had Guy not spotted the talents of Sebastien Loeb or hired Jean-Claude Vaucard, team would not have had it's two biggest stars in form of legendary driver and legendary car.

During the rallies, Guy is a very hands-on director, always taking the helicopter to the stages and armed with radios, two stop-watches and even road temperature gauge, he keeps tabs on his team's progress all the time. Very amiable and friendly character, eager to speak to the press despite obviously struggling with his english. Frequelin retired from team management at the end of 2007 season.

Statistics
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WRC starts:35
first: Corsica 1973
latest: San Remo 1987
Resultswins:1 (2.9% of starts)
second places: 3 
third places: 3  
total podiums: 7 (20.0% of starts)
points finishes: 15  
total points scored: 150  (drivers' championship points)
DNF's: 14 (40.0% of starts)
Stage wins: 36 
Milestones
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First WRC event: 1973 Corsica
First DNF: 1973 Corsica
First scored point: 1979 Monte Carlo (8th)
First stage win: 1978 Monte Carlo
First time led rally: 1976 Monte Carlo (SS8)
First podium: 1978 Monte Carlo
First win: 1981 Argentina
Career summary
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  Team  StartsWinsPodiumsDNF'sPointsRank
 1973  Private1 0 0 1 N/A N/A 
 1974  Private1 0 0 0 N/A N/A 
 1975  Private1 0 0 0 N/A N/A 
 1976  Private2 0 0 1 N/A N/A 
 1977  Private2 0 0 2 N/A N/A 
 1978  Private2 0 1 0 N/A N/A 
 1979  Private1 0 0 0 3 54th 
 1980  Private5 0 2 2 34 8th 
 1981  Private,
 Talbot
10 1 4 3 89 2nd 
 1982  Private,
 Talbot
3 0 0 0 16 12th 
 1983  Opel2 0 0 2 0  -   
 1984  Opel2 0 0 1 2 55th 
 1985  Opel1 0 0 1 0  -   
 1987  Opel2 0 0 1 6 44th 
Guy Frequelin
Guy Frequelin
Nationality: France
Birthday: 02-Apr-1945

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