Jean Ragnotti began in the late 1960s with the rallying. His first race car was a Renault R8 Gordini. In 1970 he was second overall in the French Rally Championship and made the first time talked about. Over the years, the Frenchman established as an all rider. After several years in single-seater sports - 1975 he became vice champion of the European Formula Renault Championship - 1976 he returned back to rallying and also began traveling regularly to sports car racing. Its versatility he demonstrated in 1977 by winning the French Rallycross Championship, which he dominated with a Renault Alpine A310 V6.
In 1975 he made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he fourth positions respectively in the overall standings in 1977 and 1978. However, his greatest successes came in the 1980s in the World Rally Championship. As Renault works driver, he won three World Cup races at. In 1981, he secured on a Renault 5 Turbo Rating prestigious Monte Carlo Rally. 1982 and 1985 won Ragnotti the Tour de Corse. 1985 won the case on the so-called R5 Maxi Turbo, one of the most powerful rally cars of that time. 1984 and 1985 he won with the R5 Turbo, the Appreciation of the Tour de France for automobiles.
By the end of his career, in the mid -1990s, Ragnotti always alternating between circuit racing and rally tracks. He was in his home country touring car champion in 1989 and 1994, he was able to celebrate his seventh French Rally Championship.
According to Jean Ragnotti also a race car was named: The Clio Renault Sport 2.0L Jean Ragnotti.