1976 World Rally Championship season

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The 1976 World Rally Championship season was the fourth season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) World Rally Championship (WRC). 10 events were included on the schedule, as the series revistited the same locations as the previous season. The only change in the schedule was a slight shuffle in order, with Portugal being moved up to March from July.

Lancia again repeated its title, with the Stratos HF accumulating another four rally wins, and scoring more than twice as many points as its nearest competitor, Opel. The Ascona's consistency was enough for second place overall, despite no wins. Lancia's dynasty, however, would not continue, as this was to be the last WRC title for the Stratos.

From 1973 to 1978, the WRC only awarded a season championship for the winningest manufacturer. Scoring was given for the highest placing entry for each manufacturer. Thus if a particular manufacturer was to place 2nd, 4th, and 10th, they would receive points for 2nd place only. However, the manufacturer would still gain an advantage in scoring from its other entries, as the points for the 4th and 10th place entries would be denied to other manufacturers.

Schedule of points by place:

  • 1st place: 20 points
  • 2nd place: 15 points
  • 3rd place: 12 points
  • 4th place: 10 points
  • 5th place: 8 points
  • 6th place: 6 points
  • 7th place: 4 points
  • 8th place: 3 points
  • 9th place: 2 points
  • 10th place: 1 point

Championship[edit]

1976 World Rally Championship for Manufacturers
Rank Manufacturer Event Total
points
Monaco
MON
Sweden
SWE
Portugal
POR
Kenya
KEN
Greece
GRC
Morocco
MAR
Finland
FIN
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
United Kingdom
GBR
1 Italy Lancia 20 10 20 - - 12 - 20 20 10 112
2 Germany Opel 10 12 12 - 8 - - 8 3 4 57
3 United Kingdom Ford 8 - 4 - - - 15 - - 20 47
4 Sweden Saab - 20 - - - - 8 - - 15 43
5 Japan Datsun - - 6 4 20 - 6 - - 3 39
6 Japan Toyota - - 15 - - - 12 - - 8 35
7 Italy Fiat 6 - - - - - 20 6 - - 32
8 France Peugeot - - - 10 - 20 - - 1 - 31
9 France Alpine-Renault - - - - 15 - - - 12 - 27
10 Japan Mitsubishi - - - 20 - - - - - - 20
11 Germany Porsche 4 - - - - - - 2 8 - 14
12 Italy Alfa Romeo 1 - - 1 10 - - - - - 12
13 France Citroën - - - - - 10 - - - - 10
14 Soviet Union Lada - - - - 6 - - - - - 6
France Renault - - - - - 6 - - - - 6
16 Sweden Volvo - 4 - - - - - - - - 4
Germany BMW - - - - 4 - - - - - 4
18 Japan Mazda - - 3 - - - - - - - 3
Germany Volkswagen - - - - 3 - - - - - 3
20 United Kingdom British Leyland Cars - - - - - - - - - 2 2
21 East Germany Wartburg - - - - 1 - - - - - 1

Events[edit]

1976 World Rally Championship event map
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Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface
1976 World Rally Championship schedule and results
Rally Name Start-End Date Podium Drivers (Finishing Time) Podium Cars
Monaco
44ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo
17–24 January
  1. Italy Sandro Munari (6h:25m:10s)
  2. Sweden Björn Waldegård (6h:26m:37s)
  3. France Bernard Darniche (6h:31m:23s)
  1. Lancia Stratos HF
  2. Lancia Stratos HF
  3. Lancia Stratos HF
Sweden
26th International Swedish Rally
20–22 February
  1. Sweden Per Eklund (8h:08m:26s)
  2. Sweden Stig Blomqvist (8h:10m:02s)
  3. Sweden Anders Kulläng (8h:31m:10s)
  1. Saab 96 V4
  2. Saab 96 V4
  3. Opel Ascona
Portugal
9º Rallye de Portugal Vinho do Porto
10–14 March
  1. Italy Sandro Munari (5h:41m:26s)
  2. Sweden Ove Andersson (5h:44m:24s)
  3. Portugal 'Mêquêpê' (6h:26m:37s)
  1. Lancia Stratos HF
  2. Toyota Celica
  3. Opel Kadett GT/E
Kenya
24th Safari Rally
15–19 April
  1. Kenya Joginder Singh (+1m:57s penalties)
  2. Kenya Robin Ulyate (+2m:21s penalties)
  3. United Kingdom Andrew Cowan (+2m:42s penalties)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR
  2. Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR
Greece
Acropolis Rally Greece
22–28 May
  1. Sweden Harry Källström (8h:43m:14s)
  2. Greece 'Siroco' (8h:48m:38s)
  3. Kenya Shekhar Mehta (9h:09m:53s)
  1. Datsun 160J
  2. Alpine-Renault A110 1800
  3. Datsun 160J
Morocco
19ème Rallye du Maroc
22–27 June
  1. France Jean-Pierre Nicolas (20h:20m:15s)
  2. Finland Simo Lampinen (20h:42m:52s)
  3. Italy Sandro Munari (21h:38m:38s)
  1. Peugeot 504
  2. Peugeot 504
  3. Lancia Stratos HF
Finland
26th 1000 Lakes Rally
27–29 August
  1. Finland Markku Alén (4h:10m:18s)
  2. Finland Pentti Airikkala (4h:11m:03s)
  3. Finland Hannu Mikkola (4h:13m:32s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Toyota Celica
Italy
18º Rallye Sanremo
6–9 October
  1. Sweden Björn Waldegård (10h:27m:40s)
  2. Italy Sandro Munari (10h:27m:44s)
  3. Italy Raffaele Pinto (10h:37m:13s)
  1. Lancia Stratos HF
  2. Lancia Stratos HF
  3. Lancia Stratos HF
France
20ème Tour de Corse
6–7 November
  1. Italy Sandro Munari (8h:23m:55s)
  2. France Bernard Darniche (8h:24m:12s)
  3. France Jean-Pierre Manzagol (8h:49m:14s)
  1. Lancia Stratos HF
  2. Lancia Stratos HF
  3. Alpine-Renault A310 V6
United Kingdom
25th Lombard RAC Rally
27–30 November
  1. United Kingdom Roger Clark (6h:02m:26s)
  2. Sweden Stig Blomqvist (6h:07m:03s)
  3. Sweden Björn Waldegård (6h:07m:55s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Saab 99 EMS
  3. Ford Escort RS1800

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