1998 World Rally Championship season

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The 1998 World Rally Championship season was the 26th season of the FIA World Rally Championship. The season consisted of 13 rallies. Tommi Mäkinen won his third consecutive drivers' world championship driving for Mitsubishi, ahead of Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae. The manufacturers' title was won by Mitsubishi (who still operated under Group A regulations), ahead of Toyota and Subaru. This year also marked the Ford Escort's last full-season works outing before being replaced by the Ford Focus WRC in 1999. The season ended in dramatic fashion when Carlos Sainz's Corolla WRC stopped approximately 300 metres from the finishing line in the final stage at Margam due to mechanical failure, thus surrendering his fourth place on the rally and handing the title to Mäkinen.

Calendar[edit]

Round Dates Race
1 19–21 January Monaco Monte Carlo Rally
2 6–8 February Sweden Swedish Rally
3 28 February-2 March Kenya Safari Rally
4 22–25 March Portugal Rally Portugal
5 20–22 April Spain Rally Catalunya
6 4–6 May France Tour de Corse
7 20–23 May Argentina Rally Argentina
8 7–9 June Greece Acropolis Rally
9 24–27 July New Zealand Rally New Zealand
10 21–23 August Finland Rally Finland
11 12–14 October Italy Rally Sanremo
12 5–8 November Australia Rally Australia
13 22–24 November United Kingdom Network Q Rally of Great Britain

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Rounds
Japan Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV
Lancer Evo V
M 1 Finland Tommi Mäkinen All
2 United Kingdom Richard Burns All
15 Australia Ed Ordynski 9, 12
16 Germany Uwe Nittel 1–2, 4–5, 8, 10
Japan 555 Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 98 P 3 United Kingdom Colin McRae All
4 Italy Piero Liatti 1, 3–9, 11–12
Sweden Kenneth Eriksson 2
Finland Jarmo Kytölehto 10
United Kingdom Alister McRae 13
10 Italy Piero Liatti 2
12 Finland Ari Vatanen 13
15 Finland Juha Kangas 9
Japan Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Corolla WRC M 5 Spain Carlos Sainz All
6 France Didier Auriol 1, 3–4, 6–13
Sweden Thomas Rådström 2
Belgium Freddy Loix 5
9 France Didier Auriol 2, 5
11 Belgium Freddy Loix 4, 8, 12
Finland Marcus Grönholm 4–5, 9–10, 13
12 Australia Neal Bates 12
15 Sweden Thomas Rådström 4–5, 8–10
16 Japan Yoshio Fujumoto 9, 12
18 Germany Isolde Holderied 6, 8
27 Denmark Henrik Lundgaard 13
37 Portugal Pedro Matos Chaves 4
United Kingdom Ford Motor Company Ford Escort WRC M 7 Finland Juha Kankkunen All
8 Belgium Bruno Thiry 1–2, 5–13
Finland Ari Vatanen 3–4
11 Finland Ari Vatanen 10
Spain SEAT Sport SEAT Córdoba WRC P 9 Finland Harri Rovanperä 10–13
10 Spain Oriol Gómez 10
Belgium Marc Duez 11–12
United Kingdom Gwyndaf Evans 13
France Peugeot Sport Peugeot 306 Maxi M 11 France François Delecour 1, 5–6, 11
14 France Gilles Panizzi 1, 5–6, 11
25 Spain Manuel Muniente 5
28 Portugal Adruzilo Lopes 1, 4–5
France Citroën Sport Citroën Xsara F2 M 12 France Philippe Bugalski 5–6, 11
16 Spain Jesús Puras 5, 11
France Fabien Doenlen 6
19 France Patrick Magaud 6, 11
South Korea Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai Coupe Evo
Coupe Evo 2
M 20 Sweden Kenneth Eriksson 4–5, 7–13
21 United Kingdom Alister McRae 5–6
29 Australia Wayne Bell 4, 8–13
48 Australia Dean Herridge 12

Results and standings[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
GRC
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 Finland Tommi Mäkinen Ret 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 Ret 3 1 1 1 Ret 58
2 Spain Carlos Sainz 1 2 Ret 2 7 8 2 4 1 2 4 2 Ret 56
3 United Kingdom Colin McRae 3 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 5 1 5 Ret 3 4 Ret 45
4 Finland Juha Kankkunen 2 3 2 7 Ret 9 3 3 4 3 Ret 5 2 39
5 France Didier Auriol 14 6 4 Ret 1 6 Ret 2 2 4 Ret 3 Ret 34
6 United Kingdom Richard Burns 5 15 1 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 9 5 7 Ret 1 33
7 Italy Piero Liatti 4 9 Ret 6 Ret 3 6 6 6 2 Ret 17
8 Belgium Freddy Loix 3 2 5 6 13
9 Belgium Bruno Thiry 6 8 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 6 7 3 8
10 France François Delecour 10 8 2 Ret 6
11 Finland Ari Vatanen 3 5 Ret Ret 6
12 France Gilles Panizzi 9 6 4 35 5 Ret 6
13 Sweden Kenneth Eriksson 4 Ret 21 Ret Ret 20 Ret Ret 22 Ret 3
14 Belgium Grégoire De Mévius 8 12 4 3
15 Finland Harri Rovanperä 11 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 15 13 11 Ret 11 6 3
16 Finland Marcus Grönholm 5 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 2
17 France Philippe Bugalski 5 Ret Ret 2
18 Finland Sebastian Lindholm Ret 9 5 2
19 Austria Raimund Baumschlager 6 Ret Ret 1
20 Sweden Thomas Rådström Ret Ret 12 Ret 7 6 1
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
GRC
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Co-drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Co-driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
GRC
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 Finland Risto Mannisenmäki Ret 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 Ret 3 1 1 1 Ret 58
2 Spain Luis Moya 1 2 Ret 2 7 8 2 4 1 2 4 2 Ret 56
3 United Kingdom Nicky Grist 3 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 5 1 5 Ret 3 4 Ret 45
4 Finland Juha Repo 2 3 2 7 Ret 9 3 3 4 3 Ret 5 2 39
5 France Denis Giraudet 14 6 4 Ret 1 6 Ret 2 2 4 Ret 3 Ret 34
6 United Kingdom Robert Reid 5 15 1 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 9 5 7 Ret 1 33
7 Italy Fabrizia Pons 4 9 Ret 6 Ret 3 6 6 6 2 Ret Ret 17
8 Belgium Sven Smeets 3 2 5 6 13
9 Belgium Stéphane Prévot 6 8 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 6 7 3 8
10 France Daniel Grataloup 10 8 2 Ret 6
11 United Kingdom Fred Gallagher 3 5 Ret 6
12 France Hervé Panizzi 9 6 4 35 5 Ret 6
13 Sweden Staffan Parmander 4 Ret 21 Ret Ret 20 Ret Ret 22 Ret 3
14 Belgium Jean-Marc Fortin 8 12 4 3
15 Finland Risto Pietiläinen 11 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 15 13 11 Ret 11 6 3
16 Finland Timo Rautiainen 5 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 2
17 France Jean-Paul Chiaroni 5 Ret Ret 2
18 Finland Jukka Aho Ret 9 5 2
19 Germany Klaus Wicha 8 6 Ret Ret 1
20 Sweden Gunnar Barth Ret Ret 12 Ret 7 6 1
Pos Co-driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
GRC
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
GRE
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
Points
1 Japan Team Mitsubishi Ralliart 1 Ret 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 Ret 3 1 1 1 Ret 91
2 5 15 1 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 9 5 7 Ret 1
2 Japan Toyota Castrol Team 5 1 2 Ret 2 7 8 2 4 1 2 4 2 Ret 85
6 14 Ret 4 Ret 2 6 Ret 2 2 4 Ret 3 Ret
3 Japan 555 Subaru World Rally Team 3 3 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 5 1 5 Ret 3 4 Ret 65
4 4 4 Ret 6 Ret 3 6 6 6 8 2 Ret Ret
4 United Kingdom Ford Motor Co 7 2 3 2 7 Ret 9 3 3 4 3 Ret 5 2 53
8 6 8 3 5 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 6 7 3
5 Spain SEAT Sport 9 11 Ret 11 6 1
10 Ret 16 Ret
Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
GRE
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

FIA Teams' Cup[edit]

Pos Team Event Total
points
MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
GRC
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
1 Italy H.F. Grifone 0 10 0 10 10 0 0 10 10 7 16 0 0 73
2 Uruguay Uruguay en Carrera 0 0 0 2 5 4 6 2 8 4 4 4 0 39
3 Russia Gazprom Rally Team 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 10 27
4 Poland Mobil 1 Stomil Olsztyn 0 0 0 6 4 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 6 26
5 Sweden Toyota Castrol Team Sweden 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 10 0 6 0 22
6 Saudi Arabia Toyota Team Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 3 0 3 4 20
7 Turkey Toyota Mobil Team Turkey 0 0 0 3 0 6 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 17
8 France Frederic Dor 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 4 1 0 0 0 2 12
9 Oman Hamed Al-Wahaibi 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 3 10

Events[edit]

1998 World Rally Championship event map
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Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface
1998 World Rally Championship schedule and results
Rally Name Dates run Podium Drivers (Finishing Time) Podium Cars
66ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 19 January-21 January
  1. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:28m:00.5s)
  2. Finland Juha Kankkunen (4h:28m:41.3s)
  3. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:29m:01.5s)
  1. Toyota Corolla WRC
  2. Ford Escort WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
47th International Swedish Rally 6 February-8 February
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:32m:51.6s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:33m:43.2s)
  3. Finland Juha Kankkunen (3h:33m:50.4s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC
46th Safari Rally Kenya 28 February-2 March
  1. United Kingdom Richard Burns (8h:57m:34s)
  2. Finland Juha Kankkunen (9h:07m:01s)
  3. Finland Ari Vatanen (9h:07m:26s)
  1. Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evolution IV
  2. Ford Escort WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC
32º TAP Rallye de Portugal 22 March-25 March
  1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:20m:58.1s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:21m:00.2s)
  3. Belgium Freddy Loix (4h:21m:43.9s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
34º Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava (Rallye de España) 20 April-22 April
  1. France Didier Auriol (4h:18m:36.9s)
  2. Belgium Freddy Loix (4h:19m:30.3s)
  3. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:19m:46.3s)
  1. Toyota Corolla WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
42ème Tour de Corse - Rallye de France 4 May-6 May
  1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:02m:46.9s)
  2. France François Delecour (4h:03m:14.1s)
  3. Italy Piero Liatti (4h:03m:16.9s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
  2. Peugeot 306 Maxi
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
18º Rally Argentina 20 May-23 May
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:22m:07.4s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:22m:34.2s)
  3. Finland Juha Kankkunen (4h:22m:34.9s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC
45th Acropolis Rally of Greece 7 June-9 June
  1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:26m:31.6s)
  2. France Didier Auriol (4h:26m:51.6s)
  3. Finland Juha Kankkunen (4h:27m:15.9s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC
28th Rally New Zealand 24 July-27 July
  1. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:54m:57.1s)
  2. France Didier Auriol (3h:55m:01.2s)
  3. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:56m:40.8s)
  1. Toyota Corolla WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
48th Neste Rally Finland 21 August-23 August
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:16m:56.1s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:17m:31.7s)
  3. Finland Juha Kankkunen (3h:17m:41.3s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC
40º Rallye Sanremo - Rallye d'Italia 12 October-14 October
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:34m:34.5s)
  2. Italy Piero Liatti (4h:34m:50.3s)
  3. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:36m:04.7s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
11th API Rally Australia 5 November-8 November
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:52m:48.7s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:53m:05.2s)
  3. France Didier Auriol (3h:53m:13.7s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
54th Network Q Rally of Great Britain 22 November-24 November
  1. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:50m:30.6s)
  2. Finland Juha Kankkunen (3h:54m:17.1s)
  3. Belgium Bruno Thiry (3h:55m:58.1s)
  1. Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evolution V
  2. Ford Escort WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC

See also[edit]