1978 World Rally Championship season

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1978 World Rally Championship season
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The 1978 World Rally Championship season was the sixth season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) World Rally Championship (WRC). The schedule remained largely similar to the previous year, with the exception of the removal of the Rally New Zealand from the schedule.

1978 was the last season with an official world championship only for manufacturers. Scoring was modified in 1977 to a more complex system including points both for overall and group placement. A car would still have to place in the overall top 10 to score points. In addition to the Championship for Manufacturers, the FIA awarded the FIA Cup for Rally Drivers. All rallies of the WRC, in addition to another ten events, were counted towards the drivers' totals. In 1979, the Cup for Drivers was incorporated into the WRC as the World Rally Championship for Drivers.

Events[edit]

Map[edit]

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Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/ice Red = Mixed surface

Schedule and results[edit]

Rally Dates run Championships Podium Drivers (Finishing Time) Podium Cars
Monaco
46ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo
21–28 January Manufacturers
Drivers
  1. France Jean-Pierre Nicolas (6h:57m:03s)
  2. France Jean Ragnotti (6h:58m:55s)
  3. France Guy Fréquelin (6h:59m:55s)
  1. Porsche 911
  2. Renault 5 Alpine
  3. Renault 5 Alpine
Finland
13th Arctic Rally
3–5 February Drivers
  1. Finland Ari Vatanen (6h:25m:03s)
  2. Finland Henri Toivonen (6h:28m:44s)
  3. Finland Markku Alén (6h:36m:20s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Chrysler Avenger
  3. Fiat 131 Abarth
Sweden
28th International Swedish Rally
10–12 February Manufacturers
Drivers
  1. Sweden Björn Waldegård (6h:42m:40s)
  2. Finland Hannu Mikkola (6h:44m:08s)
  3. Finland Markku Alén (6h:45m:26s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Fiat 131 Abarth
Kenya
26th Safari Rally
23–27 March Manufacturers
Drivers
  1. France Jean-Pierre Nicolas (+8m:18s penalties)
  2. Kenya Vic Preston, Jr. (+8m:55s penalties)
  3. Finland Rauno Aaltonen (+9m:10s penalties)
  1. Peugeot 504 V6 Coupé
  2. Porsche 911
  3. Datsun 160J
Portugal
11º Rallye de Portugal Vinho do Porto
19–23 April Manufacturers
Drivers
  1. Finland Markku Alén (7h:45m:33s)
  2. Finland Hannu Mikkola (7h:50m:01s)
  3. France Jean-Pierre Nicolas (8h:01m:01s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Ford Escort RS1800
Greece
25th Acropolis Rally
29 May–2 June Manufacturers
Drivers
  1. West Germany Walter Röhrl (10h:00m:50s)
  2. Finland Markku Alén (10h:10m:54s)
  3. Kenya Shekhar Mehta (10h:23m:36s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Datsun 160J
Scotland
19th Esso-Lombard Scottish Rally
3–7 June Drivers
  1. Finland Hannu Mikkola (4h:26m:38s)
  2. Finland Pentti Airikkala (4h:34m:36s)
  3. United Kingdom Roger Clark (4h:35m:11s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HS
  3. Ford Escort RS1800
Poland
38 Rajd Polski
6–9 July Drivers
  1. Spain Antonio Zanini (5h:51m:01.2s)
  2. Austria Franz Wittmann (6h:04m:10.9s)
  3. Spain Salvador Cañellas (6h:09m:04.8s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Opel Kadett GT/E
  3. Fiat 131 Abarth
Finland
28th 1000 Lakes Rally
25–27 August Manufacturers
Drivers
  1. Finland Markku Alén (3h:30m:10s)
  2. Finland Timo Salonen (3h:32m:14s)
  3. Italy Pentti Airikkala (3h:32m:50s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HS
New Zealand
9th Motogard Rally of New Zealand
2–5 September Drivers
  1. United Kingdom Russell Brookes (9h:57m:12.0s)
  2. New Zealand Jim Donald (10h:09m:29.4s)
  3. New Zealand Paul Adams (10h:41m:55.8s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Ford Escort RS1800
Canada
6ème Critérium Molson du Québec
13–17 September Manufacturers
Drivers
  1. West Germany Walter Röhrl (4h:54m:23s)
  2. Finland Markku Alén (5h:02m:56s)
  3. Sweden Anders Kulläng (5h:12m:46s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Opel Kadett GT/E
France
37ème Tour de France Automobile
16–21 September Drivers
  1. France Michèle Mouton (11h:18m:15.7s)
  2. France Jean-Louis Clarr (11h:34m:01.8s)
  3. United Kingdom Chris Sclater (11h:40m:04.0s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Opel Kadett GT/E
  3. Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HS
Italy
20º Rallye Sanremo
3–7 October Manufacturers
Drivers
  1. Finland Markku Alén (10h:53m:28s)
  2. Italy Maurizio Verini (11h:04m:00s)
  3. France Francis Vincent (11h:10m:31s)
  1. Lancia Stratos HF
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Porsche 911
Australia
13th Southern Cross Rally
14–18 October Drivers
  1. Australia George Fury (1h:25m:17s)
  2. Australia Colin Bond (1h:37m:12s)
  3. Australia Wayne Bell (1h:58m:32s)
  1. Datsun Stanza
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Holden Gemini
Spain
26º RACE Rallye de España
20–22 October Drivers
  1. Italy Tony Carello (4h:20m:03s)
  2. Spain Beny Fernández (4h:29m:40)
  3. Spain Jorge de Bagration (4h:33m:27s)
  1. Lancia Stratos HF
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Lancia Stratos HF
Ivory Coast
10ème Rallye Bandama Côte d'Ivoire
21–24 October Manufacturers
Drivers
  1. France Jean-Pierre Nicolas (+2m:28s penalties)
  2. Finland Timo Mäkinen (+2m:43s penalties)
  3. France Jean Ragnotti (+3m:50s penalties)
  1. Peugeot 504 V6 Coupé
  2. Peugeot 504 V6 Coupé
  3. Renault 5 Alpine
France
22ème Tour de Corse
4–5 November Manufacturers
Drivers
  1. France Bernard Darniche (6h:47m:34s)
  2. France Jean-Claude Andruet (6h:51m:59s)
  3. Italy Sandro Munari (6h:52m:59s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Fiat 131 Abarth
United Kingdom
27th Lombard RAC Rally
19–23 November Manufacturers
Drivers
  1. Finland Hannu Mikkola (8:47m:23s)
  2. Sweden Björn Waldegård (8h:52m:41s)
  3. United Kingdom Russell Brookes (8h:58m:55s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Ford Escort RS1800

Standings[edit]

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Ari Vatanen with a Ford Escort RS1800 at the 1000 Lakes
Rank Manufacturer Event Total
points
Monaco
MON
Sweden
SWE
Kenya
KEN
Portugal
POR
Greece
GRC
Finland
FIN
Canada
CAN
Italy
ITA
Ivory Coast
CIV
France
FRA
United Kingdom
GBR
1 Italy Fiat 14 14 - 18 18 18 18 16 - 18 (9) 134
2 United States Ford - 18 7 16 9 6 13 13 - - 18 100
3 Germany Opel (10) 12 - 13 12 11 16 10 - 12 14 100
4 Germany Porsche 18 - 16 7 - 12 - 14 - 12 - 79
5 Japan Datsun - - 16 - 16 - - - 10 - 10 52
6 Japan Toyota - - - 15 8 13 14 - - - - 50
7 Italy Lancia 8 12 - - 11 - - 18 - - - 49
8 France Peugeot - - 18 9 - - - - 18 - - 45
9 France Renault 17 - - - - - - - 16 - - 33
10 United Kingdom British Leyland Cars - - - - - - 12 - - - 12 24
11 Sweden Saab - 8 - - - - 10 - - - - 18
12 Germany Volkswagen - 9 - - - - 8 - - - - 17
13 Japan Mitsubishi - - 5 - - - - - 11 - - 16
14 United Kingdom Vauxhall - - - - - 14 - - - - - 14
Italy Alfa Romeo - - - - - - - 14 - - - 14
16 Germany Mercedes - - 12 - - - - - - - - 12
17 Sweden Volvo - 10 - - - - - - - - - 10
18 United States Chrysler - - - - - - - - - - 8 8
19 Czechoslovakia Škoda - - - - 6 - - - - - - 6
20 France Alpine-Renault - - - - - - - - - 5 - 5
21 Soviet Union Lada - - - - 4 - - - - - - 4

FIA Cup for Drivers[edit]

Rank Driver Monaco Finland Sweden Kenya Portugal Greece Finland New Zealand Canada Italy Ivory Coast France United Kingdom Other Total
1 Finland Markku Alén - 4 (4) - 9 6 9 - 6 9 - - - 9 52
2 France Jean-Pierre Nicolas 9 - - 9 4 - - - - - 9 - - - 31
3 Finland Hannu Mikkola - - 6 - 6 - - - - - - - 9 9 30
4 France Michèle Mouton - - - - - - - - - 9 - 18 - 9 14
5 United Kingdom Russell Brookes - - - - - - - - - - - 2 - 12 13
6 West Germany Walter Röhrl - - - - - - - 9 - - - - 4 - 13
7 France Bernard Darniche 3 - - - - (9) - - 9 - - - 1 - 11
8 Finland Ari Vatanen - 9 2 - - - - - - - - - - - 11
9 France Jean Ragnotti 6 - - - - - - - - - 4 - - - 10
10 Finland Pentti Airikkala - - - - - - 4 - - - - - - 6 10

Pointscoring systems[edit]

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Overall
finish
Group finish
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 18 - - - - - - - - -
2 17 16 - - - - - - - -
3 16 15 14 - - - - - - -
4 15 14 13 12 - - - - - -
5 14 13 12 11 10 - - - - -
6 13 12 11 10 9 8 - - - -
7 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 - - -
8 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 - -
9 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 -
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1

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