1983 World Rally Championship season

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The 1983 World Rally Championship season was the 11th season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) World Rally Championship (WRC). The season consisted of 12 rallies. By this time, the schedule format had become generally stable, with only one or two changes to venues year to year. 1983 brought the return of Argentina to the schedule in place of Brazil. Audi's Hannu Mikkola beat the defending world champion Walter Röhrl and his Lancia teammate Markku Alén to the drivers' title. Lancia captured the manufacturers' title from Audi by just two points.

Summary[edit]

German Walter Röhrl, champion of the previous year despite his manufacturer's failed bid to capture the title, was tapped to drive for the Martini Racing team along with Finn Markku Alén in the new Lancia Rally 037 car. Audi Sport meanwhile carried forward from its successful title run in 1982 led by the same pair of drivers, Finn Hannu Mikkola and Frenchwoman Michèle Mouton, equipped with the Quattro A1 (later in the season upgrading to the A2 model). The team also future champion Swede Stig Blomqvist. Rothmans Opel Rally Team tapped former champion Finn Ari Vatanen and fellow countryman Henri Toivonen to drive the Ascona 400 during the season.

Competition was fierce both for drivers and manufacturers. The works battle quickly centered on the Audi and Lancia, and over the course of the season the two cars would win 10 of the 12 events and sit on 30 of the year's 36 podium positions. Lancia emerged on top, returning the manufacturer to glory for the first time since the company seized three consecutive titles in the mid-1970s. Audi's performance was impressive and the car was improved in the second half of the season, winning three of the final four events to nearly catch the Italian maker.

Driver competition was no less intense, with both of the Martini team-mates scoring well through the season. However, they were outpaced by Mikkola, who was able to garner four wins and seven podiums to take the title by a healthy margin in the end. Martini teammate Blomqvist was impressive, finally winning in the last event of the year to place fourth overall, but Mouton's season was a disappointment, her fifth place finish well off the pace. The Rothmans team meanwhile suffered an unimpressive season, the lone highlight being Vatanen's win in Kenya. This however would prove to be the team's only podium finish, and Ari himself would finish a distant sixth place on the year.

As with previous seasons, while all 12 events were calculated for tallying the drivers' scores, only 10 of the events applied to the championship for manufacturers. The two events in 1983 which applied only to driver standings were Sweden and the Rallye Côte d'Ivoire.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Constructor Car Tyre Drivers Rounds
Italy Martini Racing Lancia Rally 037 P Germany Walter Röhrl 1, 3, 5–7, 10
Finland Markku Alén 1, 3, 5–6, 8–10
France Jean-Claude Andruet 1, 5
Italy Adartico Vudafieri 3, 8
Italy Attilio Bettega 5–7, 10
Argentina Francisco Mayorga 8
Finland Pentti Airikkala 9
Germany Audi Sport Audi Quattro A1
Quattro A2
M
P
Finland Hannu Mikkola All
France Michèle Mouton 1–10, 12
Sweden Stig Blomqvist 1–3, 6–10, 12
Finland Lasse Lampi 2, 9, 11–12
Kenya Vic Preston Jr 4
Kenya Shekhar Mehta 8
Argentina Ruden Luis di Palma 8
France Bernard Darniche 10
Germany Rothmans Opel Rally Team Opel Ascona 400
Manta 400
M Finland Ari Vatanen 1–2, 4, 6, 9–10, 12
Finland Henri Toivonen 1, 6, 9–10, 12
France Guy Frequelin 1, 5
Finland Rauno Aaltonen 4
United Kingdom Jimmy McRae 6, 12
France Renault Elf Renault 5 Turbo M France Jean Ragnotti 1, 5–6
Japan Team Nissan Europe Nissan 240RS D Finland Timo Salonen 1, 3–4, 6, 9, 12
United Kingdom Terry Kaby 3
Kenya Shekhar Mehta 4, 6–7
Kenya Mike Kirkland 4
Kenya Jayant Shah 4
United Kingdom Tony Pond 5
Greece George Moschous 6
New Zealand Reg Cook 7
Italy Jolly Club Lancia Rally 037 P Italy Adartico Vudafieri 5, 10
Italy Miki Biasion 10
France Citroën Competitions Citroën Visa M France Maurice Chomat 6, 12
France Philippe Wambergue 6, 12
France Christian Rio 12
Japan Toyota Team Europe Toyota Celica TCT P Sweden Björn Waldegård 9, 11–12
Finland Juha Kankkunen 9, 11–12
Sweden Per Eklund 11

Events[edit]

Map[edit]

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Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface

Schedule and results[edit]

Round Rally name Stages Podium finishers
Rank Driver Co-driver Car Time
1 Monaco
51éme Rallye Automobile de Monte Carlo
(22–29 January)
30 stages
709 km
Tarmac
1 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 7:58:57
2 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rallye 037 8:05:59
3 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Sweden Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A1 8:10:15
2 Sweden
33rd International Swedish Rally[1]
(11–13 February)
24 stages
466 km
Snow/Ice
1 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A1 4:28:47
2 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Sweden Björn Cederberg Audi 80 Quattro 4:29:34
3 Finland Lasse Lampi Finland Pentti Kuukkala Audi Quattro A1 4:32:51
3 Portugal
17º Rallye de Portugal Vinho do Porto
(2–5 March)
40 stages
642 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A1 7:17:24
2 France Michèle Mouton Italy Fabrizia Pons Audi Quattro A1 7:18:19
3 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 7:19:14
4 Kenya
31st Marlboro Safari Rally
(30 March – 4 April)
87 controls
5035 km
Gravel
1 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom Terry Harryman Opel Ascona 400 +3:96 pen
2 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A1 +4:02 pen
3 France Michèle Mouton Italy Fabrizia Pons Audi Quattro A1 +4:55 pen
5 France
27éme Tour De Corse – Rallye de France
(5–7 May)
28 stages
1008 km
Tarmac
1 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rallye 037 12:43:38
2 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 12:45:27
3 Italy Adartico Vudafieri Italy Luigi Pirollo Lancia Rallye 037 12:50:08
6 Greece
30th Acropolis Rally
(30 May – 2 June)
45 stages
836 km
Gravel
1 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 11:12:22
2 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rallye 037 11:18:42
3 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Sweden Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2 11:26:18
7 New Zealand
13th Sanyo Rally of New Zealand
(25–28 June)
33 stages
1069 km
Gravel
1 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 12:10:13
2 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Nissan 240RS 12:26:11
3 Italy Attilio Bettega Italy Maurizio Perissinot Lancia Rallye 037 12:41:42
8 Argentina
3º Marlboro Rally Argentina
(2–6 August)
18 stages
1274 km
Gravel
1 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A2 10:18:54
2 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Sweden Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2 10:21:28
3 France Michèle Mouton Italy Fabrizia Pons Audi Quattro A2 10:25:35
9 Finland
33rd 1000 Lakes Rally
(26-28 August)
50 stages
473 km
Gravel
1 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A2 4:23:44
2 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Sweden Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2 4:24:05
3 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rallye 037 4:24:33
10 Italy
25º Rallye Sanremo
(2–8 October)
58 stages
775 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1 Finland Markku Alén Finland Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rallye 037 8:50:17
2 West Germany Walter Röhrl West Germany Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 8:52:26
3 Italy Attilio Bettega Italy Maurizio Perissinot Lancia Rallye 037 8:55:27
11 Ivory Coast
15ème Rallye Côte d'Ivoire[1]
(25–30 October)
54 controls
4600 km
Gravel
1 Sweden Björn Waldegård Sweden Hans Thorszelius Toyota Celica TCT +5:18 pen
2 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A2 +5:29 pen
3 Sweden Per Eklund United Kingdom Dave Whittock Toyota Celica TCT +6:58 pen
12 United Kingdom
32nd Lombard RAC Rally
(19–23 November)
57 stages
790 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Sweden Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2 8:50:28
2 Finland Hannu Mikkola Sweden Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A2 9:00:21
3 United Kingdom Jimmy McRae United Kingdom Ian Grindrod Opel Manta 400 9:12:19

Standings[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Rank Driver Event Total
points
Monaco
MON
Sweden
SWE
Portugal
POR
Kenya
KEN
France
FRA
Greece
GRC
New Zealand
NZL
Argentina
ARG
Finland
FIN
Italy
ITA
Ivory Coast
CIV
United Kingdom
GBR
1 Finland Hannu Mikkola (10) 20 20 15 20 20 15 15 125
2 West Germany Walter Röhrl 20 12 15 20 20 15 102
3 Finland Markku Alén 15 10 20 15 8 12 20 100
4 Sweden Stig Blomqvist 12 15 12 15 15 20 89
5 France Michèle Mouton 10 15 12 12 4 53
6 Finland Ari Vatanen 8 6 20 10 44
7 Italy Attilio Bettega 10 8 12 12 42
8 Finland Lasse Lampi 12 4 10 26
9 Kenya Shekhar Mehta 6 10 10 26
10 Sweden Per Eklund 10 12 22
11 Sweden Björn Waldegård 20 20
12 Italy Adartico Vudafieri 8 12 20
13 Finland Timo Salonen 15 3 18
14 Finland Henri Toivonen 6 13 16
15 United Kingdom Jimmy McRae 3 12 15
16 Sweden Kalle Grundel 8 3 11
17 Kenya Jayant Shah 10 10
France Alain Ambrosino 10 10
19 Finland Juha Kankkunen 6 4 10
20 France Bruno Saby 1 8 9
21 Kenya Johnny Hellier 8 8
New Zealand Reg Cook 8 8
Finland Pentti Airikkala 8 8
Italy Miki Biasion 8 8
Ivory Coast Eugène Salim 8 8
United Kingdom Russell Brookes 8 8
27 Austria Franz Wittmann 4 4 8
28 Spain Antonio Zanini 6 6
West Germany Wolfgang Stiller 6 6
United Kingdom Tony Pond 6 6
New Zealand Possum Bourne 6 6
Austria Franz Wurz 6 6
Italy Dario Cerrato 6 6
United States John Buffum 6 6
35 France Jean Ragnotti 4 4
Sweden Sören Nilsson 4 4
Kenya Manoj Shah 4 4
France Jean-Sébastien Couloumiès 4 4
New Zealand Michael Bish 4 4
Argentina Ernesto Soto 4 4
41 France Jean-Claude Andruet 3 3
Sweden Mikael Ericsson 3 3
United Kingdom Terry Kaby 3 3
Kenya Paul de Voest 3 3
France Alain Coppier 3 3
New Zealand Peter Watt 3 3
Argentina Jorge Recalde 3 3
Italy Lucky 3 3
49 Finland Mikael Sundström 1 2 3
50 France Francis Serpaggi 2 2
Sweden Lars-Erik Walfridsson 2 2
France Christian Dorche 2 2
France Jean-Michel Guyot 2 2
France Philippe Wambergue 2 2
New Zealand Mike Cameron 2 2
Argentina Carlos Celis 2 2
Finland Erkki Pitkänen 2 2
France Bernard Darniche 2 2
59 Sweden Ola Strömberg 1 1
Belgium Marc Duez 1 1
France Jean-Louis Ravenel 1 1
France Maurice Chomat 1 1
Argentina Gerardo Campo 1 1
Italy Gabriele Noberasco 1 1
Sweden Mats Holmbom 1 1

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Rank Manufacturers Event Total
points
Monaco
MON
Portugal
POR
Kenya
KEN
France
FRA
Greece
GRC
New Zealand
NZL
Argentina
ARG
Finland
FIN
Italy
ITA
United Kingdom
GBR
1 Italy Lancia 18 14 18 18 18 (10) 14 18 118
2 West Germany Audi 14 18 16 14 18 18 (6) 18 116
3 West Germany Opel 10 (9) 18 12 12 9 12 14 87
4 Japan Nissan 4 12 8 8 16 4 52
5 France Renault 6 10 11 27
6 Japan Toyota 10 8 6 24
7 Japan Subaru 13 13
8 United Kingdom British Leyland Cars 11 11
West Germany Volkswagen 11 11
10 France Peugeot 10 10
United Kingdom Vauxhall 10 10
12 Japan Mazda 9 9
Italy Alfa Romeo 9 9
14 France Citroën 2 5 2 9
15 United Kingdom Talbot 8 8
16 Japan Mitsubishi 7 7

Pointscoring systems[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Points awarded by finish 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
20 15 12 10 8 6 4 3 2 1

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Event not included in the Manufacturers' Championship

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