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World Rally Championship

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World Rally Championship

Rallying series organised by the FIA, culminating with a champion driver and manufactureradd

Category: Auto racing

Activity starting in 1995.

Countries: (28%), France (13%), Japan (7%)

Main connections: Subaru, Rally Sweden, Subaru Impreza

Linked to: Lancia, Lancia Delta Group A, Peugeot, Subaru

 

Timeline


 

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1995

& Subaru's Scotsman Colin McRae won the drivers' world championship in 1995 and Subaru took the manufacturers' title three years in a row add something

 

"Sega Rally" was released in 1995, "V-Rally" and "Top Gear Rally" in 1997 and the first game in the very popular "Colin McRae Rally" series in 1998 add something


1996

Finland's Tommi Mäkinen driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution won the drivers' championship four times in a row, from 1996 to 1999 add something

 

Tommi Makinen - He is a four-time World Rally Champion, a series he first won, and successfully defended, continuously throughout 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999, on all occasions driving the Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution


1997

As the planned Group S was cancelled, Group A regulations became the standard in the WRC until 1997 add something

 

Later, in 1997, the Group A cars evolved into the WRC car spec, to ease the development of new cars and bring new makes to the competition add something

 

Shekhar Mehta - He became president of the FIA Rally commission in 1997, and was re-appointed as interim President of the World Rally Championship commission shortly before his death


1998

Mitsubishi won the manufacturers' title in 1998 add something

 

Harri Rovanpera - After a few outings on his national World Rally Championship event Rally Finland, he was hired by & SEAT to drive the SEAT Ibiza Kit Car, with which he won SEAT's third consecutive 2L World Rally Championship title in 1998

 

Nicolas Bernardi - Bernardi made his World Rally Championship debut in 1998 on the Monte Carlo Rally

 

Richard Burns - Come 1998, he had won his maiden World Rally Championship event on the treacherous stages of the Safari Rally, piloting a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. He added a second career victory on his swansong outing for Mitsubishi on that year's Rally Great Britain, the event where the dramatic late retirement from fourth of Toyota's Carlos Sainz secured the drivers' title for his team-mate and first leg super special stage retiree on a patch of oil, Tommi Makinen, as well as confirming the constructors' accolade for Mitsubishi

 

Gigi Galli - Galli debuted in the World Rally Championship at the 1998 San Remo Rally with a Group N Mitsubishi Carisma GT. His first world rally with a WRC car was the 2004 Monte Carlo Rally

 

Giandomenico Basso - He made his World Rally Championship debut on Rallye Sanremo in 1998, in a Fiat Seicento

 

Hyundai Tiburon - In the UK, Hyundai's entrance into the Formula 2 World Rally Championship saw the release of the "F2" and "F2 Evolution" models in 1998 and 1999 respectively


1999

Richard Burns - Burns moved to the Prodrive-run & Subaru World Rally Team under David Richards for the 1999 season, joining Juha Kankkunen and Bruno Thiry as part of the factory team driving Subaru Impreza WRCs, replacing Ford-bound fellow Briton, Colin McRae

 

Skoda Auto - Following a long history of class victories in lower levels of motorsport, ?koda became a participant in the FIA World Rally Championship in the 1999 season, with World Rally Car models of the ?koda Octavia

 

Flavio Alonso - He has competed sporadically in the Spanish Rally Championship and the European Rally Championship, and participated in the Spanish round of the 1999 World Rally Championship

 

Peugeot - In 1999, Peugeot returned to the World Rally Championship with the 206 WRC

 

Harri Rovanpera - Next year in 1999, he took part in the top class World Rally Championship with the SEAT Córdoba WRC E2 finishing in the third place in the last event of the season at the 55th Network Q Rally of Great Britain

 

Didier Auriol - When Toyota retired from World Rally Championship after 1999, Auriol moved to & SEAT on board of the SEAT Córdoba WRC E2


2000

As a result no cars will be homologated under Group A and Group N regulations and instead will be reclassified under Group R. Parallel to this, the Super 2000 and Production Car World Championships were restructured; Super 2000 and Group N cars were merged into a single championship known as World Rally Championship-2 alongside R4 and R5 cars, whilst the Production Car World Championship was completely reimagined as the World Rally Championship-3 for two-wheel drive cars complying with R1, R2 and R3 regulations add something

 

Cars in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship are homologated under Super 2000 rules add something

 

The Super 2000 World Rally Championship was started in 2010 add something

 

The cars in the championship are under the Super 2000 rules add something

 

The production car, super 2000 and junior entrants race through the stages after the WRC drivers add something

 

Under the current points system, points are awarded at the end of each rally to the top ten overall finishers in the World Rally Championship standings, as well as to the top ten finishers within the Super 2000 and Production Car , two-wheel drive and Junior World Rally Championships add something

 

Within the Super 2000 category are competitions for drivers and another for teams add something

 

Alex Fiorio - After making a comeback to the WRC by competing at his home event in 2000 and 2001, Fiorio went on to do a full Production World Rally Championship programme for the Ralliart Italia team in 2002

 

Mirco Baldacci - Baldacci made his World Rally Championship debut on Rallye Sanremo in 2000 behind the wheel of a Renault Clio Williams

 

Marcus Gronholm - Driving for Peugeot, he won the World Rally Championship in 2000 and 2002

 

Jari Ketomaa - He made his World Rally Championship debut in 2000 at Rally Finland

 

Ulf Gronholm - He was the father of eventual 2000 and 2002 World Rally Champion, Marcus Grönholm

 

Hyundai Accent - Hyundai's Accent World Rally Car competed in an official capacity, spawning three generations, in the World Rally Championship from 2000 to 2003

 

Xavier Pons - Pons finally won the Super 2000 World Rally Championship in 2010


2001

England's Richard Burns won the 2001 title with a Subaru Impreza WRC, but Grönholm and Peugeot took back both titles in the 2002 season add something

 

"Rally Trophy", released in 2001 for Microsoft Windows by Bugbear, concentrated on historic cars such as Alpine A110 and Lancia Stratos add something

 

Citroen - From 2001 the team started participating in the World Rally Championship, winning the Manufacturer's Title in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011

 

Sebastien Loeb - Guy Fréquelin, Citroën Sport's team principal, would serve as Loeb's mentor as he entered the Junior World Rally Championship in 2001, becoming the series' first champion by winning five of the six events

 

Richard Burns - He was the 2001 World Rally Champion, having previously finished runner-up in the series in 1999 and 2000

 

Mirco Baldacci - In 2001 he contested five rounds of the Production World Rally Championship in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI

 

Nicolas Bernardi - In 2001 he contested the Junior World Rally Championship in a Peugeot 206, later returning for a second campaign in 2004 in a Renault Clio and finishing second in the standings to Per-Gunnar Andersson

 

Tommi Makinen - Mäkinen remained with Mitsubishi until the end of the 2001 season, having finished third in that year's standings behind Burns and McRae, by now respectively drivers for Subaru and Ford - but not before the inauspicious introduction of team's first ever World Rally Car on the San Remo Rally

 

Stig Blomqvist - Together with co-driver Ana Goñi, he drove a Group N category David Sutton Cars Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 in twelve events in 2001, finishing fifth overall in the Production World Rally Championship


2002

The Production car World Rally Championship began in 2002, replacing the FIA Group N Cup which had been contested from 1987 add something

 

"RalliSport Challenge", released in 2002 for Windows and Xbox by Digital Illusions CE, featured classic Group B cars and hillclimb models along with modern WRC cars add something

 

Tommi Makinen - A move to the Prodrive-run Subaru World Rally Team for 2002 as replacement for Burns yielded one more, final career victory, on the 2002 Monte Carlo Rally where a technical infringement committed by on-the-road winner, and emerging talent, Sébastien Loeb, allowed Mäkinen to upstage the Frenchman

 

Mirco Baldacci - In 2002 he contested the Junior World Rally Championship in a Citroën Saxo S1600, finishing fourth in class on Rallye Deutschland and 13th in the final standings

 

Kristian Sohlberg - In 2002 he contested the Production World Rally Championship, winning the first event of the season in Sweden

 

Alister McRae - Undaunted by Mitsubishi's subsequent implicit resolve not to recall either himself or 2002 team-mate François Delecour as the source of one of the few remaining factory opportunities sought to regroup for the 2004 season, Alister entered the 2004 Production World Rally Championship instead


2003

Mikko Hirvonen - As one of the World Rally Championship's younger competitors he made his debut full-time in a third Ford World Rally Team entry in the 2003 season, scoring one points finish for sixth place at the Cyprus Rally

 

Gauloises - Gauloises were the sponsor of the factory Yamaha team in MotoGP from 2003 until 2005, and of the Kronos-run Citroen cars in the World Rally Championship during 2006

 

Xavier Pons - He debuted in the World Rally Championship at the 2003 Swedish Rally


2004

Citroen C2 - After the success of & & & Citroën's Xsara in the World Rally Championship , Citroën expanded their interests to achieve success not only in the WRC but in the support championship, the Junior World Rally Championship in 2004

 

Pierre Campana - Campana began rallying in 2004, and made his World Rally Championship debut in 2007 on his home event, the Tour de Corse

 

Juho Hanninen - He won the 2004 Group N Finnish Rally Championship title, and debuted in the World Rally Championship during the 2006 season

 

Fiat Stilo - In 2004 a junior team backed up by Fiat UK competed in the Wales Rally GB of the World Rally Championship with group A cars, and the following year two other cars took part in the rally

 

Fumio Nutahara - In 2004 he competed in the Production World Rally Championship in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, finishing the year ninth in the standings

 

Stephane Sarrazin - In 2004 he converted to rallying and competed in two World Rally Championship events, posting a best result of 4th

 

Toshi Arai - In 2004 he established his own team, & Subaru Team Arai, winning the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship for Drivers in 2005 and 2007 behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRX STI

 

Gilles Panizzi - In 2004, Mitsubishi Motorsports recruited Gilles and his co-driver and brother, Hervé, to lead the company's charge back in the World Rally Championship

 

Jari-Matti Latvala - In 2004, Latvala mostly competed with an S1600 class Junior World Rally Championship car

 

Xavier Pons - In 2004, Pons competed in both the Junior World Rally Championship and the Production World Rally Championship

 

Egon Kaur - Kaur started rallying in 2004, and made his World Rally Championship debut on the 2006 Wales Rally GB in a Renault Clio His next WRC appearances came in the 2008 season in Sweden and Wales, behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRX STi


2005

Martin Prokop - After competing in the Czech Rally Championship for four years, Prokop debuted in the World Rally Championship at the 2005 Monte Carlo Rally, finishing ninth in the Junior World Rally Championship category

 

Andreas Aigner - Aigner made his World Rally Championship debut in 2005, finishing 19th on the Cyprus Rally driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII

 

Alexandre Bengue - Bengué was a factory driver for ?koda Motorsport in the World Rally Championship in 2005, before scoring two points finishes as a privateer in 2006

 

Matti Rantanen (rally driver) - In 2005 he competed in his first World Rally Championship round on Rally Finland, winning the Group N category

 

Ray Bellm - In 2005 he contested the British round of the World Rally Championship in Group N classed car finishing seventh

 

Roman Kresta - In 2005, he drove for Ford in the World Rally Championship


2006

After many titleless years at the top with their Ford Focus RS WRC, Ford took the 2006 and 2007 manufacturers' titles with drivers Marcus Grönholm and Mikko Hirvonen add something

 

Marcus Gronholm - After Peugeot withdrew from the World Rally Championship, Grönholm moved to Ford for the 2006 season and placed second in the drivers' world championship, losing the title to Sébastien Loeb by one point

 

Benito Guerra, Jr. - Guerra, Jr. made his World Rally Championship debut on his home event Rally Mexico in 2006, finishing the event in 26th

 

Mads Ostberg - His first World Rally Championship event was the 2006 Swedish Rally, in which he finished 31st in his Subaru Impreza WRC 2003

 

Paulo Nobre - In 2006 he contested the Dakar Rally for the first time, and made his World Rally Championship debut on Rally Argentina

 

Andreas Mikkelsen - Mikkelsen debuted in the World Rally Championship at the 2006 Rally GB and retired from the 14th special stage after going off the road


2007

During the 2007 season, the cumulative worldwide TV audience for ISC's WRC programming was 816 million add something

 

In 2007, the junior championship had no events outside Europe so it was known simply as the Junior Rally Championship add something

 

The total number of crews in the rallies varied from 47 to 108 during the 2007 season add something

 

Barry Clark (rally driver) - After becoming the Fiesta Sporting Trophy International champion in 2007, Clark has been awarded a drive in the World Rally Championship for one event, and secured funding for two more events

 

Suzuki SX4 - At the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, & Suzuki announced it would enter the FIA World Rally Championship, with the factory backed Suzuki World Rally Team in the World Rally Car category in 2007, using the SX4 WRC with AWD and the J20 engine producing and of torque

 

Andreas Aigner - In 2007 he began competing in the Production World Rally Championship , finishing 13th in the standings, driving a Red Bull-backed Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX

 

Hayden Paddon - In 2007 he made his World Rally Championship debut competing in the Production World Rally Championship category at his home event in New Zealand as a wildcard entry, and in the Team Jordan entry for Rally GB. In the New Zealand championship he retained his Junior title and came within a point of winning the championship outright

 

Juho Hanninen - In the 2007 season, Hänninen did a full six-event Production World Rally Championship programme in the Lancer Evolution IX. He initially won the Swedish Rally but was later disqualified for non-homologated fuel pumps

 

Suzuki SX4 - SX4 competed in the 2007 and 2008 seasons of the World Rally Championship, within the Suzuki World Rally Team, but the company withdrew from the competition

 

Evgeny Novikov - The 2007 season saw him debut in the World Rally Championship at the season-ending 2007 Wales Rally GB

 

Citroen C4 WRC - The car was introduced for the 2007 World Rally Championship season and has taken the drivers' title each year since in the hands of Sébastien Loeb, as well as the manufacturers' title in 2008, 2009 and 2010

 

Jean-Marie Cuoq - In January 2007 Cuoq made his World Rally Championship debut on Monte Carlo Rally where he finished ninth


2008

Suzuki and Subaru pulled out of the WRC at the end of the 2008 championship, both citing the economic downturn affecting the automotive industry for their withdrawal add something

 

These championships are contested on the same events and stages as the WRC. In 2008, The PWRC includes eight and the JWRC seven events add something

 

Sebastien Loeb - After clinching the World Rally Championship, Loeb edged out Latvala to take his first Wales Rally GB win, a feat which helped secure his team their first manufacturers' title since 2005, from 2006 and 2007 victors Ford

 

Neil Cole - Before that, Cole presented the World Rally Championship on Dave 2008-2010

 

Sebastien Ogier - He won the Junior World Rally Championship in 2008 and previously drove for the Citroën World Rally Team alongside Sébastien Loeb in 2011

 

Sebastien Ogier - He won the Junior World Rally Championship in 2008 and previously drove for the Citroën World Rally Team alongside Sébastien Loeb in 2011

 

Andreas Aigner - He won the Production World Rally Championship in the 2008 season

 

Kevin Abbring - In 2008 he began competing in the Junior World Rally Championship in a Renault Clio R3, with backing from KNAF Talent First

 

Jari Ketomaa - In 2008, he competed a full season in the Production World Rally Championship, finishing the season third in the standings

 

Evgeny Novikov - In the 2008 season, Novikov contested a full six-event Production World Rally Championship programme as the series' youngest driver

 

Martin Prokop - In the 2008 season, Prokop contested both the JWRC and the Production World Rally Championship , finishing third and fifth, respectively

 

Pirelli - Pirelli were the official tyre supplier of the World Rally Championship replacing BF Goodrich for the 2008 season, with all cars using Pirelli tyres and wearing Pirelli decals until the company withdrew to focus on its Formula 1 commitments at the end of the 2010 season


2009

Martin Prokop - He won the Junior World Rally Championship in the 2009 season

 

Kimi Raikkonen - On 4 December 2009, it was announced that Räikkönen would shift from Formula 1 to the World Rally Championship for the 2010 season as a full-time driver for the Citroën Junior Team, and that he would be driving a Red Bull-sponsored Citroën C4 WRC with his co-driver, Kaj Lindström


2010

Kimi Raikkonen - After nine seasons racing in Formula One, in which he won the Formula One World Drivers' Championship, he competed in the World Rally Championship in 2010 and 2011

 

Kimi Raikkonen - After one more year in the sport, he left the Ferrari F1 team to drive a Citroën C4 WRC for the Citroën Junior Team in the World Rally Championship for 2010

 

Juho Hanninen - He is the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion and 2011 Super 2000 World Rally Championship champion with co-driver Mikko Markkula driving a works entered Fabia S2000 for Red Bull ?koda

 

Hermann Gassner - In 2010 Gassner entered six rounds of the WRC in an Evo IX. He finished fourth in the Production World Rally Championship category in Germany, and finished 13th overall and first in Group N in Spain

 

Mathieu Arzeno - In 2010 he contested the Junior World Rally Championship before focussing on the French tarmac championship in 2011

 

Jari Ketomaa - In 2010, Ketomaa is competing in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship in a Ford Fiesta S2000

 

Liu Caodong - In 2010, Liu contested in the World Rally Championship with the Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team driving a Ford Focus RS WRC 08, co-driven by Australian Anthony McLoughlin

 

Michele Mouton - Mouton became the first president of the FIA's Women & Motor Sport Commission in 2010 and the FIA's manager in the World Rally Championship in 2011

 

Thierry Neuville - Neuville drove a self-entered Citroën C2 at the 2010 Junior World Rally Championship, collecting a win, a 3rd and three retirements to finish 7th in the standings

 

Skoda Auto - The car was raced by privateers in several championships, including Red Bull, Barwa, Rene Georges and Rufa in the 2010 Super 2000 World Rally Championship

 

Kris Meeke - On 2 September 2010, "Autosport" magazine announced that Meeke had signed for the Prodrive team that will run MINI World Rally Championship return in 2011


2011

First introduced in 2011, the "power stage" is the final stage of the rally add something

 

It was announced that trials for live coverage would be available during the 2011 Rallye de France Alcase race add something

 

Evgeny Novikov - After one year off from competition, Novikov returned to the World Rally Championship partway through in the 2011 season, making his first appearance at the Rally Mexico in a Stobart M-Sport-prepared Ford

 

Kris Meeke - For 2011, Meeke is competing in the World Rally Championship driving a MINI for Prodrive

 

Michele Mouton - Having already headed a working group on the future of rallying, Mouton was appointed FIA's manager in the World Rally Championship in 2011

 

Oleksandr Saliuk, Jr. - In 2011, Saliuk contests in the Production World Rally Championship with the Mentos Ascania Racing Team driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. He scored four World Rally Championship points by finishing eighth on the 2011 Rally Australia


2012

Citroën took the constructors' title three times in a row and Loeb surpassed Mäkinen's record of four consecutive drivers' titles, earning his ninth consecutive championship in 2012 add something

 

In 2012, The Ford World Rally Team and The Mini WRC Team both announced their departure from the World Rally Championships for the 2013 season add something

 

Mini and Ford both pulled out of the WRC at the end of the 2012 championship, due to a similar economic downturn affecting the European market add something

 

Thierry Neuville - Citroën signed Neuville for the 2012 World Rally Championship, driving all races on a Citroën DS3 WRC for the Citroën Junior Team except two for the Qatar World Rally Team

 

Neil Cole - He has reported on location from major international events including London 2012 Olympic Games 2006 FIFA World Cup Race of Champions, MTV Europe Music *awards, World Rally Championship, and World Cup Skateboarding

 

Andreas Aigner - In 2012 he competed in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship

 

Yazeed Al-Rajhi - In 2012 he is contesting the Super 2000 World Rally Championship in a Ford Fiesta RRC run by M-Sport

 

Benito Guerra, Jr. - In 2012 he won the Production World Rally Championship and became a World Champion


2013

Starting in 2013,a new category of rally cars known as Group R were introduced as a replacement to the Group A and Group N rally categories, with cars classified under one of six categories based on their engine capacity and type, wheelbase, and drivetrain add something

 

Volkswagen and Hyundai will make their return to the championship in 2013 and 2014, respectively add something


2014

In the United Kingdom, coverage of the 2014 season is split between three broadcasters add something

 

Hyundai Motor Company - The Hyundai i20 WRC is a World Rally Car built by Hyundai for use in the 2014 World Rally Championship

 

Hyundai i20 WRC - The "'Hyundai i20 WRC"' is a World Rally Car built by Hyundai for use in the 2014 World Rally Championship


2016

The Volkswagen Polo R WRC ends its run with the close of the 2016 season add something


2017

& Toyota announced it will return to the World Rally Championships for the 2017 season with its Toyota Gazoo Racing team and its Toyota Yaris WRC car add something

 

Also Citroën will return to the sport in 2017 with a fully factory-supported team after competing part-time in 2016 to focus on the development of their 2017-generation brand-new car based on the Citroën C3 add something

 

In 2017, however, Toyota will introduce a Rally-spec version of the Yaris to the competition add something


2018

In 2018, & Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT won the World Rally Championship earning Toyota their first manufacturers' title since 1999 add something