1999 World Rally Championship season

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The 1999 World Rally Championship season was the 27th season of the FIA World Rally Championship. The season consisted of 14 rallies. Tommi Mäkinen won his fourth drivers' world championship driving for Mitsubishi, ahead of Richard Burns and Didier Auriol. The manufacturers' title was won by Toyota, ahead of Subaru and Mitsubishi.

In an upset predicted two years earlier a two-wheel-drive car won a rally for the first time since Alain Oreille won the 1989 Rallye Côte d'Ivoire in his Renault 5 when Philippe Bugalski took his Citroën Xsara Kit Car to victory in the Rally Catalunya. Bugalski backed it up three weeks later winning the Tour de Corse. With such specialised tarmac cars now beating WRC cars while at the same time not competing in the FIA 2-Litre World Rally Cup designed for them a revamp of two-wheel-drive regulations was created for the 2000 season.

Calendar[edit]

Round Dates Race
1 17–20 January Monaco Monte Carlo Rally
2 12–14 February Sweden Swedish Rally
3 25–28 February Kenya Safari Rally
4 21–24 March Portugal Rally Portugal
5 19–21 April Spain Rally Catalunya
6 7–9 May France Tour de Corse
7 22–25 May Argentina Rally Argentina
8 6–9 June Greece Acropolis Rally
9 15–18 July New Zealand Rally New Zealand
10 20–22 August Finland Rally Finland
11 17–19 September China China Rally
12 11–13 October Italy Rally Sanremo
13 4–7 November Australia Rally Australia
14 21–23 November United Kingdom Network Q Rally of Great Britain

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Rounds
Japan Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI M 1 Finland Tommi Mäkinen All
2 Belgium Freddy Loix 1–3, 5–14
Finland Marcus Grönholm 4
22 Oman Hamed Al-Wahaibi 2–13
Japan Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Corolla WRC M 3 Spain Carlos Sainz All
4 France Didier Auriol All
12 Kenya Ian Duncan 3
18 Australia Neal Bates 13
Japan Takuma Kamada 9, 11
19 Finland Pasi Hagström 2, 4, 10
Portugal Pedro Matos Chaves 4
26 Denmark Henrik Lundgaard 1, 5–6, 12
32 Germany Isolde Holderied 1, 6, 12
42 Germany Matthias Kahle 3, 8–9, 14
45 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 14
52 United Kingdom Jonny Milner 14
Japan Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 99 P 5 United Kingdom Richard Burns All
6 Finland Juha Kankkunen 1–4, 7–14
Belgium Bruno Thiry 5–6
14 Belgium Bruno Thiry 1–4
Finland Juha Kankkunen 5
17 Australia Possum Bourne 9, 13
United Kingdom Ford Motor Co Ford Focus RS WRC 99 M 7 United Kingdom Colin McRae All
8 France Simon Jean-Joseph 1, 5–6, 12
Sweden Thomas Rådström 2, 7–11, 13–14
Norway Petter Solberg 3–4
20 Norway Petter Solberg 2, 10, 12, 14
Spain SEAT Sport SEAT Córdoba WRC P 9 Finland Harri Rovanperä All
10 Italy Piero Liatti 1, 3–8, 11–12
Finland Marcus Grönholm 2
Finland Toni Gardemeister 9–10, 13–14
16 United Kingdom Gwyndaf Evans 14
20 Finland Toni Gardemeister 12
Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport Škoda Octavia WRC M 11 Germany Armin Schwarz 1, 4–5, 8, 10, 12, 14
12 Czech Republic Pavel Sibera 1, 5
Czech Republic Emil Triner 4, 8, 10, 12
Belgium Bruno Thiry 14
France Peugeot Esso Peugeot 206 WRC M 14 France François Delecour 6, 8, 10, 12–14
15 France Gilles Panizzi 6, 12
Finland Marcus Grönholm 8, 10, 13–14
21 Finland Marcus Grönholm 12
22 France Gilles Panizzi 10, 14
France Citroën Sport Citroën Xsara F2 M 18 France Philippe Bugalski 5–6, 12
19 Spain Jesús Puras 5–6, 12
South Korea Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai Coupe Evo 2 M 24 United Kingdom Alister McRae 2, 4–5, 8–14
26 Sweden Kenneth Eriksson 2, 4–5, 8–14

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
CHN
China
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 Finland Tommi Mäkinen 1 1 DSQ 5 3 6 4 3 1 Ret Ret 1 3 Ret 62
2 United Kingdom Richard Burns 8 5 Ret 4 5 7 2 1 Ret 2 2 Ret 1 1 55
3 France Didier Auriol 3 4 2 3 2 5 3 Ret 4 Ret 1 3 Ret Ret 52
4 Finland Juha Kankkunen 2 6 Ret Ret 6 1 Ret 2 1 4 6 Ret 2 44
5 Spain Carlos Sainz Ret 2 3 2 Ret 3 5 2 6 3 3 Ret 2 Ret 44
6 United Kingdom Colin McRae DSQ Ret 1 1 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 23
7 France Philippe Bugalski Ret 1 1 Ret 20
8 Belgium Freddy Loix Ret 9 Ret 4 8 Ret 4 8 10 Ret 4 4 5 14
9 Finland Harri Rovanperä 7 16 6 Ret 14 13 Ret Ret Ret 5 5 16 6 3 10
10 France Gilles Panizzi Ret Ret 33 2 7 6
11 Spain Jesús Puras Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 16 6
12 Sweden Thomas Rådström 3 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 6 6
13 Finland Toni Gardemeister 14 33 Ret 3 6 Ret 16 Ret 6
14 Belgium Bruno Thiry 5 10 Ret 6 7 Ret 4 6
15 Finland Marcus Grönholm Ret Ret Ret 4 8 5 Ret 5
16 France François Delecour 4 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 3
17 Kenya Ian Duncan 4 3
18 Estonia Markko Märtin 8 Ret 5 Ret Ret 8 2
19 Norway Petter Solberg 11 5 11 12 27 9 2
20 New Zealand Possum Bourne 5 Ret 2
21 Italy Andrea Aghini 5 2
22 Turkey Volkan Işık 7 11 Ret Ret 15 6 15 1
23 Italy Piero Liatti 6 Ret Ret 10 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1
24 Greece Leonídas Kyrkos 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
CHN
China
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)

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
CHN
China
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
Points
1 Japan Toyota Castrol Team 3 Ret 2 3 2 Ret 13 5 2 5 3 3 Ret 2 Ret 109
4 3 4 2 3 1 31 3 Ret 4 Ret1 1 3 Ret Ret
2 Japan Subaru World Rally Team 5 6 5 Ret 4 4 5 2 1 Ret 2 2 Ret 1 1 105
6 2 6 Ret Ret 5 Ret 1 Ret 2 1 4 5 Ret 2
3 Japan Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart 1 1 1 EX 5 2 42 4 3 1 Ret2 Ret 1 3 Ret 83
2 Ret 7 Ret Ret 3 6 Ret 4 6 8 Ret 4 4 5
4 United Kingdom Ford Motor Co 7 EX Ret 1 1 Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 37
8 EX 3 4 6 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 7 6
5 Spain SEAT Sport 9 5 8 5 Ret 7 8 Ret Ret Ret 5 5 7 6 3 23
10 4 Ret Ret Ret 6 7 Ret Ret 3 63 Ret Ret 8 Ret
6 France Peugeot Esso 14 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 11
15 Ret Ret 4 2 5 Ret
7 Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport 11 Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 6
12 Ret Ret Ret 6 9 8 4
Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
GRE
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
CHN
China
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)

Notes:
1 2 3 – Indicate position on TV Covered Stage

FIA Teams' Cup[edit]

Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
GRC
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
CHN
China
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 Spain Luís Clíment Ret 2 2 2 1 1 1 Ret Ret 1 58
2 Turkey Volkan Işık 1 2 Ret Ret 1 1 1 46
3 France Frédéric Dor 1 3 1 3 2 2 Ret 40
4 Oman Hamed Al-Wahaibi Ret 4 2 Ret 4 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 28
5 Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bakhashab Ret 3 Ret 2 Ret 2 Ret 16
NC Poland Krzysztof Hołowczyc 1 Ret 2 16
NC Australia Michael Guest Ret 5 Ret Ret 2 Ret 8
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
GRC
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
CHN
China
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 

Production World Rally 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
CHN
China
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 Uruguay Gustavo Trelles 2 6 2 3 1 1 Ret 1 Ret 2 Ret Ret 69
2 Oman Hamed Al-Wahaibi 9 1 Ret 1 3 Ret 1 2 Ret Ret 6 Ret 53
3 Japan Toshihiro Arai 4 1 1 29
4 Austria Manfred Stohl Ret 4 4 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 3 2 Ret 27
5 Finland Jouko Puhakka 1 Ret Ret Ret 1 26
6 Peru Ramón Ferreyros 4 2 Ret 1 24
7 Italy Gianluigi Galli 7 Ret Ret Ret 6 1 24
8 Belgium Marc Duez 1 13
9 Portugal Miguel Campos 1 13
10 Finland Jani Paasonen 3 2 13
11 Japan Katsuhiko Taguchi 3 3 4 13
12 Sweden Stig-Olov Walfridson 2 8
13 Spain Luis Climent Ret 8 2 8
14 Italy Giovanni Manfrinato 2 8
15 Argentina Jorge Recalde 2 8
16 Australia Ed Ordynski 2 8
17 United Kingdom Richard Tuthill 2 8
18 Monaco Christophe Spiliotis 3 5
19 Japan Hideaki Miyoshi 3 5
20 Finland Juha Kangas Ret 3 8 Ret Ret 5
21 Argentina Claudio Menzi 3 5
22 Belgium Gaby Goudezeune 3 5
23 Italy Mario Stagni 3 5
24 Germany Uwe Nittel 3 5
21 United Kingdom Gavin Cox 3 5
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
GRC
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
CHN
China
ITA
Italy
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 

Events[edit]

Rally Name Start-End Date Podium Drivers
(Finishing Time)
Podium Cars
67ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 17 January-20 January
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (5h:16m:50.6s)
  2. Finland Juha Kankkunen (5h:18m:35.3s)
  3. France Didier Auriol (5h:20m:43.4s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
48th International Swedish Rally 12 February-14 February
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:29m:15.6s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:29m:33.7s)
  3. Sweden Thomas Rådström (3h:29m:53.4s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Ford Focus WRC
47th Safari Rally Kenya 26 February-28 February
  1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (8h:41m:39s)
  2. France Didier Auriol (8h:56m:05s)
  3. Spain Carlos Sainz (8h:59m:46s)
  1. Ford Focus WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
33º TAP Rallye de Portugal 21 March-24 March
  1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:05m:41.7s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:05m:54.0s)
  3. France Didier Auriol (4h:05m:58.2s)
  1. Ford Focus WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
35º Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava (Rallye de España) 19 April-21 April
  1. France Philippe Bugalski (4h:13m:45.6s)
  2. France Didier Auriol (4h:14m:17.4s)
  3. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:16m:06.7s)
  1. Citroën Xsara Kit Car
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
43ème Tour de Corse - Rallye de France 7 May-9 May
  1. France Philippe Bugalski (3h:44m:35.7s)
  2. Spain Jesús Puras (3h:45m:10.4s)
  3. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:45m:45.0s)
  1. Citroën Xsara Kit Car
  2. Citroën Xsara Kit Car
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
19º Rally Argentina 22 May-25 May
  1. Finland Juha Kankkunen (4h:17m:15.4s)
  2. United Kingdom Richard Burns (4h:17m:17.8s)
  3. France Didier Auriol (4h:17m:55.0s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
46th Acropolis Rally of Greece 6 June-9 June
  1. United Kingdom Richard Burns (4h:21m:21.2s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:22m:22.5s)
  3. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:24m:01.2s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
29th Rally New Zealand 15 July-18 July
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:11m:07.1s)
  2. Finland Juha Kankkunen (4h:12m:44.1s)
  3. Finland Toni Gardemeister (4h:13m:56.1s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. SEAT Córdoba WRC
49th Neste Rally Finland 20 August-22 August
  1. Finland Juha Kankkunen (3h:08m:54.5s)
  2. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:09m:04.2s)
  3. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:09m:12.5s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
3rd China Rally 17 September-19 September
  1. France Didier Auriol (3h:38m:36.6s)
  2. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:39m:32.4s)
  3. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:40m:56.0s)
  1. Toyota Corolla WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
41º Rallye Sanremo - Rallye d'Italia 11 October-13 October
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:26m:45.0s)
  2. France Gilles Panizzi (4h:27m:03.0s)
  3. France Didier Auriol (4h:27m:27.2s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
12th Telstra Rally Australia 4 November-7 November
  1. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:44m:31.5s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:44m:43.1s)
  3. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:49m:02.9s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
55th Network Q Rally of Great Britain 23 November-26 November
  1. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:53m:44.2s)
  2. Finland Juha Kankkunen (3h:55m:31.5s)
  3. Finland Harri Rovanperä (3h:58m:39.5s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. SEAT Córdoba WRC E2

FIA 2 Litre World Cup for Manufacturers

Pos Entrant R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 Pts
1 Renault 16 (3) 0 (7) 10 16 10 10 (4) 16 0 16 8 (6) 102
2 Hyundai 0 0 10 16 0 0 0 13 16 4 16 0 13 7 95
NC Volkswagen 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 4 0 0 25

() Denotes Dropped Score

Volkswagen were not classified having not homologated their new Golf Kit Car at the start of the season

See also[edit]