1973 1000 Lakes Rally

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23rd 1000 Lakes Rally
Round 8 of the 1973 WRC for Manufacturers
Host country  Finland
Rally base Jyväskylä, Finland
Dates run 3 August 1973 – 5 August 1973
Stages 43 (517 km; 321 mi)
Stage surface Gravel
Overall distance 2,079 km (1,292 mi)
Results
Overall winner Finland Timo Mäkinen
Crews 109 at start, 55 at finish

The 1973 1000 Lakes Rally was the 23rd running of the 1000 Lakes Rally (currently known as the Rally Finland), and the eighth round of the inaugural World Rally Championship season. Run in early August in central Finland, this rally marked a distinct change from the previous event in the series, the 33 Rajd Polski. Unlike that event, in which only three teams survived to the finish, Finland saw 55 teams finish the rally, a success rate of almost exactly 50% of the total entries.

In 1973, and for several years afterward, only manufacturers were given points for finishes in WRC events. Finland hosted Ford Motor Company's first ever win of the World Rally Championship. Championship front runners Alpine Renault and Fiat were conspicuous by their absence, with neither gaining points during the round.


Results[edit]

1973 23rd 1000 Lakes Rally final results
Finish Total
time
Group Car # Driver
Co-driver
Car Mfr.
points
Overall In
group
1 1 4 h : 53 m : 50 s 2 4 Finland Timo Mäkinen
United Kingdom Henry Liddon
United Kingdom Ford Escort RS1600 20
2 2 4 h : 55 m : 59 s 2 29 Finland Markku Alén
Finland Juhani Toivonen
Sweden Volvo 142 15
3 1 4 h : 57 m : 12 s 4 3 Finland Leo Kinnunen
Finland Atso Aho
Germany Porsche 911 12
4 3 4 h : 59 m : 28 s 2 1 Finland Simo Lampinen
United Kingdom John Davenport
Sweden Saab 96 V4 10
5 4 5 h : 3 m : 30 s 2 30 Finland Antti Ojanen
Finland Heikki Miikki
Germany Opel Ascona 19 8
6 5 5 h : 4 m : 3 s 2 38 Finland Ulf Grönholm
Finland Henry Laine
Germany Opel Ascona 19
7 6 5 h : 5 m : 43 s 2 26 Finland Tapio Rainio
Finland Erkki Nyman
Sweden Saab 96 V4
8 2 5 h : 9 m : 43 s 4 122 West Germany Achim Warmbold
France Jean Todt
Italy Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye
9 7 5 h : 11 m : 26 s 2 39 Finland Pertti Lehtonen
Finland Ilkka Kivimäki
Sweden Saab 96 V4
10 8 5 h : 11 m : 36 s 2 12 Finland Hannu Palin
Finland Jyrki Ahava
Germany Opel Ascona 19
11 9 5 h : 14 m : 25 s 2 20 Finland Esa Nuuttila
Finland Alf Krogell
Germany Opel Ascona 19
12 10 5 h : 18 m : 23 s 2 24 Finland Erkki Pitkänen
Finland Juhani Paalama
Sweden Volvo 142
13 1 5 h : 18 m : 52 s 1 50 Finland Pertti Kärhä
Finland Seppo Siitonen
Italy Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
14 2 5 h : 22 m : 15 s 1 42 Finland Jaakko Markula
Finland Asko Nevalainen
Italy Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
15 11 5 h : 23 m : 35 s 2 21 Finland Markku Saaristo
Finland Ilkka Saaristo
Czechoslovakia Škoda 120S
16 12 5 h : 23 m : 49 s 2 7 United Kingdom Brian Culcheth
United Kingdom Johnstone Syer
United Kingdom Morris Marina
17 3 5 h : 24 m : 47 s 1 52 Finland Timo Sohlberg
Finland Matti Honkavaara
Germany BMW 2002
18 13 5 h : 30 m : 54 s 2 63 Finland Eeva Heinonen
Finland Seija Saaristo
Sweden Volvo 142
19 4 5 h : 38 m : 54 s 1 44 Finland Erkki Pahkinen
Finland Jarmo Toivonen
Germany Opel Ascona 19
20 5 5 h : 44 m : 41 s 1 73 Finland Timo Jouhki
Finland Juha Piironen
Germany Opel Ascona 19
21 6 5 h : 45 m : 4 s 1 58 Finland Juha Leponiemi
Finland Matti Vilmi
Germany BMW 2002
22 7 5 h : 46 m : 5 s 1 51 Finland Kauko Mäkelä
Finland Jukka Miettinen
France Peugeot 304S
23 8 5 h : 48 m : 14 s 1 53 Finland Hans Sevelius
Finland Göran Sandström
Italy Alfa Romeo 1600
24 14 5 h : 50 m : 52 s 2 61 Finland Marketta Oksala
Finland Satu Valtaharju
Germany Opel Ascona 19
27 16 5 h : 55 m : 7 s 2 86 Soviet Union Stasys Brundza
Soviet Union Viktor Ilyin
Soviet Union Moskvitch 412
39 22 6 h : 16 m : 10 s 2 96 East Germany Peter Hommel
East Germany Günter Bork
East Germany Wartburg 353
42 17 6 h : 22 m : 8 s 1 79 East Germany Horst Niebergall
East Germany Harald Würfel
East Germany Wartburg 353
46 21 6 h : 27 m : 27 s 1 77 East Germany Egon Culmbacher
East Germany Werner Ernst
East Germany Wartburg 353
Retired (mechanical) 2 2 Sweden Stig Blomqvist
Sweden Arne Hertz
Sweden Saab 96 V4
Retired (illness) 2 5 Finland Hannu Mikkola
Finland Erkki Rautanen
Sweden Volvo 142
Retired (mechanical) 4 6 Kenya Shekhar Mehta
Finland Ensio Mikander
Japan Datsun 240Z
Retired (mechanical) 2 8 Sweden Per Eklund
Sweden Björn Cederberg
Sweden Saab 96 V4
Retired 2 9 Finland Pauli Toivonen
Finland Martti Tiukkanen
France Simca 1000 Rallye
Retired 1 10 France Guy Chasseuil
France Christian Baron
France Simca 1000 Rallye
Retired 1 11 Belgium Jean-Marie Jacquemin
Belgium Dorothé Jacquemin
France Simca 1000 Rallye
Retired 2 13 Finland Pekka Virtanen
Finland Jussi Eskola
Sweden Volvo 142
Retired 2 15 Finland Matti Alamaula
Finland Tapio Siekkinen
Germany Opel Ascona 19
Retired 2 16 United States Bob Hourihan
Canada Doug Woods
Japan Datsun 1800 SSS
Retired 2 18 Finland Pekka Vilpponen
Finland Ilpo Airila
Soviet Union Moskvitch 1500M
Retired (mechanical) 2 22 Finland Pentti Airikkala
Finland Heikki Haaksiala
Germany Opel Kadett Rallye
Retired 2 25 United Kingdom Paul Faulkner
United Kingdom Monty Peters
United Kingdom Ford Escort RS1600
Retired 2 27 United States Scott Harvey
United States Tom King
United States Dodge Colt
Retired (mechanical) 2 28 Finland Jari Vilkas
Finland Juhani Soini
Sweden Saab 96 V4
Retired 2 33 Sweden Leif Asterhag
Sweden Claes Billstam
Germany BMW 2002
Retired 2 35 Sweden Lars Carlsson
West Germany Thomas Fischer-Halbing
Germany Opel Commodore GS/E
Retired 2 36 Finland Eero Soutulahti
Finland Risto Anttila
Sweden Volvo 142
Retired 2 40 Finland Hannu Valtaharju
Finland Raimo Alm
Germany Opel Ascona 19
Retired 1 46 Finland Esko Nuuttila
Finland Timo Harju
Germany Opel Ascona 19
Retired 1 47 Finland Kyösti Hämäläinen
Finland Veijo Aho
Italy Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
Retired 1 48 Sweden Arne Allansson
Sweden Rolf Jägerstedt
Germany BMW 2002
Retired 1 57 Finland Heikki Enomaa
Finland Timo Alanen
Germany BMW 2002
Retired 2 67 Finland Fredrik Donner
Finland Heikki Nikki
Germany Opel Ascona 19
Retired 2 76 Soviet Union Kastytis Girdauskas
Soviet Union Valentin Kislykh
Soviet Union Moskvitch 412

Championship standings[edit]

1973 World Rally Championship for Manufacturers points standings after round 8
After round 8 Team Season end
Position Points Position Points
1 92 France Alpine Renault 1 147
2 63 Italy Fiat 2 84
3 36 United States Ford 3 76
4 33 France Citroën 7 33
5 30 Sweden Saab 5 42
6 22 Japan Datsun 6 34
7 20 Germany Porsche 9 27
8 19 Sweden Volvo 4 44
9 15 East Germany Wartburg 14 15
10 14 Germany Volkswagen 15 15
11 13 France Peugeot 16 13
12 13 Italy Lancia 13 17
13 13 Germany Opel 11 25
14 12 Poland Polski Fiat 12 18
15 4 Germany BMW 8 28
4 Japan Mitsubishi 17 4
17 3 Czechoslovakia Škoda 18 3
18 2 Japan Toyota 10 25
19 1 Germany Audi 20 2

See also[edit]

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Championship
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2014 World Rally Championship season
2014 WRC-2 season
2014 WRC-3 season
2014 Junior WRC season

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