Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Saturday, January 7, 2012

Former WRC driver, Michelle Mouton, received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from France's president Nicolas Sarkozy just prior to Christmas, for her services to motorsports. She was the last woman to compete in the WRC, having followed a very successful career.

Starting as a co-driver, she switched to the driver's seat of a Renault Alpine A110. She competed most famously behind the wheel of the awesome Audi Quattro and , having won several WRC events, in 1982 she finished the championship in second place behind Walter Rohrl.

Michelle was a prime mover in the setting up of the Race of Champions, which was most recently won by Sebastien Ogier, and is currently the FIA Manager for the WRC.

Congratulations Michelle!