1980 World Rally Championship season

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The 1980 World Rally Championship season was the eighth season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) World Rally Championship (WRC). The season consisted of 12 rallies. While this number was the same as the previous year, one change was made to the schedule, replacing Quebec with the Rally Codasur, marking the first WRC event to be held in South America while simultaneously ending WRC presence in North America for 25 years.

A new driver's champion was crowned, with Fiat backed German driver Walter Röhrl taking the championship convincingly while simultaneously earning for Fiat its third and final manufacturer's title. Finn Hannu Mikkola and Swede Björn Waldegård again battled to a one point difference in the standings, though this time for second place overall, and this time with Mikkola coming out on top. Fiat's position in the standings was challenged by both Datsun and Ford, but neither could overcome the Italian company's initial lead, settling instead for second and third resepectively. 1980 also saw Mercedes-Benz's best and final effort to compete for a WRC title, placing fourth overall.

For purposes of the championship, neither the Swedish or Finnish rallies were applied to the WRC for Manufacturers.


Championships[edit]

1980 World Rally Championship for Manufacturers
Rank Manufacturer Event Total
points
Monaco
MON
Portugal
POR
Kenya
KEN
Greece
GRC
Argentina
ARG
New Zealand
NZL
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
United Kingdom
GBR
Ivory Coast
CIV
1 Italy Fiat 18 18 15 18 17 18 16 (11) 120
2 Japan Datsun 18 17 14 18 13 8 5 93
3 United States Ford 8 12 18 11 8 16 17 90
4 Germany Mercedes 13 16 17 15 18 79
5 Germany Opel 12 13 13 10 10 13 71
6 United Kingdom Talbot 16 15 18 49
7 Japan Toyota 9 9 14 32
8 France Peugeot 2 12 16 30
9 Germany Porsche 10 18 28
10 Italy Lancia 16 4 20
11 United Kingdom Vauxhall 12 4 16
12 Germany Volkswagen 14 14
13 France Renault 12 12
14 United Kingdom Triumph 9 9
15 Japan Mitsubishi 2 7 9
16 Poland FSO 2 2
1980 World Rally Championship point awards for manufacturers
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
1980 World Rally Championship for Drivers
Rank Driver Event Total
points
Monaco
MON
Sweden
SWE
Portugal
POR
Kenya
KEN
Greece
GRC
Argentina
ARG
Finland
FIN
New Zealand
NZL
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
United Kingdom
GBR
Ivory Coast
CIV
1 West Germany Walter Röhrl 20 20 8 20 15 20 15 118
2 Finland Hannu Mikkola 10 15 12 12 15 64
3 Sweden Björn Waldegård 12 12 10 1 8 20 63
4 Finland Ari Vatanen 20 15 15 50
5 Sweden Anders Kulläng 10 20 10 8 48
6 Finland Markku Alén 15 12 20 47
7 Finland Timo Salonen 4 15 6 20 45
8 France Guy Fréquelin 12 10 12 34
9 Kenya Shekhar Mehta 20 10 30
10 Finland Henri Toivonen 8 20 28
11 Sweden Per Eklund 8 3 12 4 27
12 France Jean-Luc Thérier 20 20
13 Kenya Vic Preston, Jr. 12 8 20
14 Argentina Jorge Recalde 3 15 18
15 Sweden Björn Johansson 8 10 18
16 France Bernard Darniche 15 15
Sweden Stig Blomqvist 15 15
Finland Rauno Aaltonen 15 15
19 Italy Attilio Bettega 6 3 6 15
20 France Alain Coppier 2 12 14
21 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 12 12
France Alain Ambrosino 12 12
23 France Michèle Mouton 4 8 12
24 Sweden Ove Andersson 6 6 12
25 France Jean-Claude Lefèbvre 8 3 11
26 Kenya Mike Kirkland 10 10
Australia George Fury 10 10
France Bruno Saby 10 10
United Kingdom Russell Brookes 10 10
Lebanon Samir Assef 10 10
31 Sweden Ingvar Carlsson 1 8 9
32 United Kingdom Andy Dawson 6 3 9
33 France Jean-Pierre Nicolas 8 8
Finland Lasse Lampi 8 8
35 Finland Timo Mäkinen 1 6 7
36 Finland Pentti Airikkala 6 6
United Kingdom Andrew Cowan 6 6
Uruguay Domingo De Vitta 6 6
New Zealand Paul Adams 6 6
Italy Sandro Munari 6 6
41 West Germany Jochi Kleint 3 2 5
42 Portugal Carlos Torres 4 4
Japan Yoshio Iwashita 4 4
Sweden Harry Källström 4 4
Argentina Francisco Alcuaz 4 4
Finland Tapio Rainio 4 4
New Zealand Paddy Davidson 4 4
Italy Angelo Presotto 4 4
France Christian Gardavot 4 4
United Kingdom Tony Pond 4 4
51 Kenya Johnny Hellier 3 3
Argentina Nestor García Veiga 3 3
Finland Erkki Pitkänen 3 3
New Zealand David Parkes 3 3
Italy Antonillo Zordan 3 3
France Paul Rouby 3 3
57 Spain Salvador Servià 2 2
Sweden Bengt Nilsson 2 2
Monaco Raymond 'Ray' Rué 2 2
Greece Tasos 'Siroco' Livieratos 2 2
Uruguay Federico West 2 2
Finland Heikki Enomaa 2 2
New Zealand Glenn McIntyre 2 2
Italy Giorgio Bernocchi 2 2
France Jean-Felix Farrucci 2 2
Sweden Bror Danielsson 2 2
France Jean-François Vincens 2 2
68 Poland Maciej Stawowiak 1 1
Argentina Jorge Maggi 1 1
Finland Peter Geitel 1 1
New Zealand Morrie Chandler 1 1
Italy Massimo Paolieri 1 1
France Jean Bagarry 1 1
United Kingdom George Hill 1 1
Ivory Coast Naguib Saad 1 1
1980 World Rally Championship point awards for drivers
Points awarded by finish 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
20 15 12 10 8 6 4 3 2 1

Events[edit]


1980 World Rally Championship event map
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Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface
1980 World Rally Championship schedule and results
Round Rally name Stages Podium finishers
Rank Driver Co-driver Car Time
1 Monaco
48ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo
( 19 – 25 January)
30 stages
601 km
Tarmac
1 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth 8:42:20
2 France Bernard Darniche France Alain Mahé Lancia Stratos HF 8:52:58
3 Sweden Björn Waldegård Sweden Hans Thorszelius Fiat 131 Abarth 8:53:48
2 Sweden
30th International Swedish Rally[1]
( 15 – 17 February)
29 stages
413.5 km
Snow/Ice
1 Sweden Anders Kulläng Sweden Bruno Berglund Opel Ascona 400 4:17:52
2 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Sweden Björn Cederberg Saab 99 Turbo 4:19:22
3 Sweden Björn Waldegård Sweden Hans Thorszelius Fiat 131 Abarth 4:21:39
3 Portugal
14o Rallye de Portugal Vinho do Porto
( 4 – 9 March)
47 stages
673.5 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth 8:45:35
2 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Fiat 131 Abarth 8:59:54
3 France Guy Fréquelin France Jean Todt Talbot Sunbeam Lotus 9:16:04
4 Kenya
28th Safari Rally
( 3 – 7 April)
95 controls
5333 km
Gravel
1 Kenya Skekhar Mehta Kenya Mike Doughty Datsun 160J +3:27 pen
2 Finland Rauno Aaltonen Kenya Lofty Drews Datsun 160J +4:02 pen
3 Kenya Vic Preston Jr. Kenya John Lyall Mercedes 450 SLC 5.0 +5:07 pen
5 Greece
27th Acropolis Rally
( 25 – 29 May)
56 stages
964 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom David Richards Ford Escort RS1800 12:55:44
2 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Datsun 160J 12:58:26
3 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Fiat 131 Abarth 13:02:48
6 Argentina
2o Rally Codasur
( 19 – 24 July)
18 stages
1224.4 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth 12:48:36
2 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Mercedes 500 SLC 13:04:35
3 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Italy Mirko Perissutti Fiat 131 Abarth 13:35.26
7 Finland
30th 1000 Lakes Rally[1]
( 29 – 31 August)
48 stages
472 km
Gravel
1 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Fiat 131 Abarth 4:24:11
2 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom David Richards Ford Escort RS1800 4:25:07
3 Sweden Per Eklund Sweden Hans Sylvan Triumph TR 7 V8 4:35:25
8 New Zealand
11th Motogard Rally of New Zealand
( 13 – 17 September)
40 stages
1040 km
Gravel
1 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Datsun 160J 12:06:57
2 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth 12:09:38
3 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Mercedes 500 SLC 12:29:22
9 Italy
22o Rallye Sanremo
( 6 – 11 October)
50 stages
821 km
Gravel
1 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth 10:22:42
2 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom David Richards Ford Escort RS1800 10:29:17
3 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Ford Escort RS 10:36:52
10 France
24ème Tour de Corse – Rallye de France
( 24 – 25 October)
18 stages
1128 km
Tarmac
1 France Jean-Luc Thérier France Michel Vial Porsche 911 SC 14:51:43
2 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth 15:02:06
3 France Alain Coppier France Josépha Laloz Porsche 911 SC 15:17:21
11 United Kingdom
29th Lombard RAC Rally
( 16 – 19 November)
70 stages
708 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1 Finland Henri Toivonen United Kingdom Paul White Talbot Sunbeam Lotus 8:17:33
2 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Ford Escort RS1800 8:22:09
3 France Guy Fréquelin France Jean Todt Talbot Sunbeam Lotus 8:31:24
12 Ivory Coast
12ème Rallye Marlboro Côte d'Ivoire
( 9 – 14 December)
62 controls
5336 km
Gravel
1 Sweden Björn Waldegård Sweden Hans Thorszelius Mercedes 500 SLC +2:36 pen
2 Argentina Jorge Recalde Argentina Nestor Straimel Mercedes 500 SLC +3:47 pen
3 France Alain Ambrosino France Jean-Robert Bureau Peugeot 504 V6 +5:17 pen
  1. ^ a b Event not included in Manufacturers' Championship

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