The Italian began his profession as a journalist previous to a spell working in public relations, however he’s maybe greatest recognized in motorsport for managing Peugeot’s return to the WRC in 1999.
Provera initially labored for Chrysler Italy, progressing his means up by way of the ranks on the producer earlier than it was purchased by Peugeot.
After being named head of Peugeot Sport, he led the marque again to the WRC, the place it had beforehand loved success within the Group B period, successful back-to-back titles in 1985-1986.
Underneath Provera’s management, Peugeot gained 27 WRC rallies from 1999-2005 with 24 of these delivered by the spectacular 206 WRC earlier than the model launched the 307 WRC from 2004.
These victories helped Peugeot to a few consecutive producers titles from 2000-2002 and two drivers’ titles claimed by Finland’s Marcus Gronholm.
Provera retired from the function after Rally Sweden in 2005 handing the reins of the Peugeot Sport crew over to Jean-Pierre Nicolas, forward of the automotive maker withdrawing from the WRC on the finish of the season.
Whereas Provera loved success in WRC, he performed a key function in Peugeot’s Method 1 engine programme from 1994.
Picture by: Ralph Hardwick
Rally winner and 2002 World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm (FIN) / Timo Rautiainen (FIN) Peugeot 206 WRC
The agency initially equipped engines to McLaren earlier than switching to Jordan and latterly the Prost Grand Prix squad, earlier than Peugeot pulled the plug on its programme after 115 grands prix in favour of a manufacturing facility WRC programme.
“It’s with nice remorse that we study of the passing of Corrado Provera,” learn a press release from Peugeot Sport. “His years on the head of Peugeot Sport have been marked by his charisma and power. We ship our honest condolences to his household and all those that knew him.”
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem added: “Deeply saddened to listen to of the passing of the previous head of the Peugeot World Rally Championship programme Corrado Provera. On behalf of the FIA, we prolong our honest condolences to his household and associates.”