Renault R8 Gordini: 1970 Australian Rally Champion
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Renault R8 Gordini: 1970 Australian Rally Champion

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By MarkOastler - 08 May 2013
Watson/Chapman R8 Gordini running hard and high in 1971. These potent French cars dominated the 1970 ARC title. (Image from: autopics.com.au)

When Renault Australia decided to launch its successful all-out attack on the 1970 Australian Rally Championship (ARC) it certainly had the right weapon for such an audacious assault.

The hottest version of the French manufacturer’s diminutive R8 four-door sedan had already proven to be a formidable competitor in Europe, so confidence was high that given the right preparation and funding it could topple the Holden Dealer Team and add the ARC to its growing pile of silverware.