1999 Race of Champions

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1999 Race of Champions
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The 1999 Race of Champions took place on December 5 at Gran Canaria. It was the 12th running of the event, and the eighth running at Gran Canaria. It was the first year for the new Nations' Cup Competition, which saw teams of three competitors - a rally driver, a circuit racing driver and a motorcyclist - team up to represent their nation and compete for national glory.

The vehicles used were the Peugeot 306 Maxi, The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V WRC, the Toyota Corolla WRC and the ROC Buggy.

The individual competition was won by Didier Auriol for a fourth time, whilst the inaugural Nations' Cup was won by Finland with JJ Lehto, Tommi Mäkinen and Kari Tiainen.


Race of Champions[edit]

Driver Reason for Qualification
Finland Tommi Mäkinen World Rally champion in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999
France Didier Auriol World Rally champion in 1994
Spain Carlos Sainz World Rally champion in 1990 and 1992
Germany Armin Schwarz Winner in the International Masters
Finland Marcus Grönholm Finalist in the International Masters
France Gilles Panizzi Beat Alister McRae in a play-off
Sweden Stig Blomqvist Winner in the Legends Race
Sweden Björn Waldegård Finalist in the Legends Race

Nations Cup[edit]

Country Racing Driver Rally Driver Motorcycle Racer
France France Yannick Dalmas France Didier Auriol France David Vuillemin
Finland Finland JJ Lehto Finland Tommi Makinen Finland Kari Tiainen
Spain Spain Marc Gene Spain Carlos Sainz Spain Pere Riba
Italy Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy Miki Biasion Italy Luca Cadalora
Germany Germany Christian Abt Germany Armin Schwarz Germany Ralf Waldmann
All-Stars Finland Harri Toivonen United Kingdom Alister McRae Belgium Joel Smets

Legends Race[edit]

Semi-finals Final
 Sweden Björn Waldegård 2  
 Italy Miki Biasion 1  

     Sweden Björn Waldegård 0
   Sweden Stig Blomqvist 1
 Sweden Stig Blomqvist 2
 Finland Timo Salonen 0  

International Masters[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 United Kingdom Alister McRae  1'55.12
 Spain Flavio Alonso  1'56.10  
 United Kingdom Alister McRae  1'58.08
     Finland Marcus Grönholm  1'56.58  
 France François Delecour  2'00.71
 Finland Marcus Grönholm  1'57.54  
 Finland Marcus Grönholm  1'58.30
   Germany Armin Schwarz  1'56.83
 France Gilles Panizzi  1'56.23
 Uruguay Gustavo Trelles  1'58.09  
 France Gilles Panizzi  1'58.01

     Germany Armin Schwarz  1'57.30  
 Germany Armin Schwarz  1'54.56
 Spain Luis Mónzon  1'58.55  

Race of Champions[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 Finland Tommi Mäkinen  2
 Sweden Björn Waldegård  0  
 Finland Tommi Makinen  2
     Spain Carlos Sainz  0  
 Spain Carlos Sainz  2
 Finland Marcus Grönholm  0  
 Finland Tommi Mäkinen  1
   France Didier Auriol  2
 France Gilles Panizzi  1
 Germany Armin Schwarz  2  
 Germany Armin Schwarz  1

     France Didier Auriol  2  
 Sweden Stig Blomqvist  0
 France Didier Auriol  2  

Nations' Cup[edit]

  • Germany & Italy eliminated in the first round.
Semi-finals Final
 Spain Spain 5  
 France France 4  

     Spain Spain 4
   Finland Finland 5
 Finland Finland 5
 United Nations All-Stars 0  


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