Before focusing on circuit racing, Larrousse won the French Rally Championship with an Alpine A110. His biggest successes in international rallies came in a Porsche 911. He won the Tour de Corse in 1969, and placed second at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1969, 1970 and 1972. On gravel, he achieved a sixth place at the 1970 RAC Rally.
In a team with Vic Elford in 1971, Larrousse won the 12 Hours of Sebring with a Porsche 917K and the 1000km Nürburgring in a Porsche 908/03. He would follow this with victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1973 and 1974 alongside Henri Pescarolo for Matra-Simca.
Following his sports car career, he moved into racing management. Ultimately, Larrousse managed the original factory Renault Formula One team during its final days as a full fledged factory team in 1984/5 (the current Renault F1 team was created when the company purchased the Benetton Formula team in 2001). Larrousse also shared ownership of a Formula One team with various partners, and under various names, from 1987 to 1994.
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