2002 Race of Champions

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2002 Race of Champions
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The 2002 Race of Champions took place on November 29 to December 1 at Gran Canaria. It was the 15th running of the event, and the 11th at Gran Canaria.

The vehicles used were the Peugeot 206 WRC, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Group N, the SEAT Córdoba WRC and the ROC Buggy.

The individual competition was won by Marcus Grönholm, whilst the Nations' Cup was won by USA with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Colin Edwards.

Participants[edit]

Country Racing Driver Rally Driver Motorcycle Racer
France France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Loeb France Mickaël Maschio
United States United States Jeff Gordon United States Jimmie Johnson United States Colin Edwards
Great Britain United Kingdom James Thompson United Kingdom Robbie Head United Kingdom James Haydon
Finland Finland JJ Lehto Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Kari Tiainen
Spain Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Jesús Puras Spain Carlos Checa
Sweden Sweden Kenny Brack Sweden Thomas Rådström Sweden Tony Rickardsson
Italy Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi Italy Renato Travaglia Italy Marco Melandri
Germany Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany Walter Röhrl Germany Pit Beirer
Brazil Brazil Cristiano da Matta Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Brazil Alex Barros

Junior Rally Masters[edit]

Group Stage[edit]

Driver Races Wins Losses Best Time
Belgium François Duval 3 3 0 2:12.00
Spain Francisco Suárez 3 2 1 2:17.47
Spain Dani Solà 3 1 2 2:17.54
United Kingdom Niall McShea 3 0 3 2:18.09
Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
Belgium François Duval 2:15.37 Spain Dani Solà 2:19.26
Spain Francisco Suárez 2:19.89 United Kingdom Niall McShea 2:22.01
United Kingdom Niall McShea 2:19.76 Belgium François Duval 2:14.01
Spain Dani Solà 2:19.58 Spain Francisco Suárez 2:17.47
Spain Francisco Suárez 2:15.41 Belgium François Duval 2:12.00
Spain Dani Solà 2:17.54 United Kingdom Niall McShea 2:18.09

Final[edit]

Final
   
 Belgium François Duval  2
 Spain Francisco Suárez  0
Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
Belgium François Duval 2:10.92 Spain Francisco Suárez 2:13.52
Belgium François Duval 2:00.99 Spain Francisco Suárez 2:05.28

Nations' Cup[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos. Team Races Wins Losses Total Time Driver Wins Losses Best Time
1 Finland Finland 6 4 2 5:54.06 Finland Marcus Grönholm 2 0 1:57.55
Finland JJ Lehto 0 2 1:55.91
Finland Kari Tiainen 2 0 2:00.60
2 Sweden Sweden 6 4 2 5:56.11 Sweden Thomas Rådström 1 1 1:58.02
Sweden Kenny Brack 2 0 1:52.96
Sweden Tony Rickardsson 1 1 2:05.13
3 United Kingdom UK 6 1 5 6:01.47 United Kingdom Robbie Head 0 2 1:58.93
United Kingdom James Thompson 1 1 1:54.45
United Kingdom James Haydon 0 2 2:08.09
Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2
United Kingdom UK 1–2 Finland Finland
James Haydon 2:08.09 Kari Tiainen 2:03.86
James Thompson 1:56.80 JJ Lehto 1:57.34
Robbie Head 2:03.07 Marcus Grönholm 1:59.69
Finland Finland 2–1 Sweden Sweden
Kari Tiainen 2:00.60 Tony Rickardsson 2:05.13
JJ Lehto 1:55.91 Kenny Brack 1:54.51
Marcus Grönholm 1:57.55 Thomas Rådström 2:00.06
Sweden Sweden 3–0 United Kingdom UK
Tony Rickardsson 2:06.49 James Haydon DNF
Kenny Brack 1:52.96 James Thompson 1:54.45
Thomas Rådström 1:58.02 Robbie Head 1:58.93

Group B[edit]

Pos. Team Races Wins Losses Total Time Driver Wins Losses Best Time
1 Italy Italy 6 5 1 5:46.71 Italy Renato Travaglia 1 1 1:56.80
Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi 2 0 1:52.67
Italy Marco Melandri 2 0 1:57.24
2 France France 6 3 3 5:47.11 France Sébastien Loeb 2 0 1:55.95
France Sébastien Bourdais 0 2 1:53.54
France Mickaël Maschio 1 1 1:57.62
3 Germany Germany 6 1 5 5:55.80 Germany Walter Röhrl 0 2 1:56.89
Germany Nick Heidfeld 1 1 1:53.44
Germany Pit Beirer 0 2 2:05.47
Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2
Italy Italy 3-0 Germany Germany
Marco Melandri 2:00.46 Pit Beirer 2:05.47
Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:53.40 Nick Heidfeld 1:55.41
Renato Travaglia 1:57.44 Walter Röhrl 2:14.35
Germany Germany 1-2 France France
Pit Beirer 2:07.68 Mickaël Maschio 1:59.29
Nick Heidfeld 1:53.44 Sébastien Bourdais 1:53.60
Walter Röhrl 1:56.89 Sébastien Loeb 1:56.41
France France 1-2 Italy Italy
Mickaël Maschio 1:57.62 Marco Melandri 1:57.24
Sébastien Bourdais 1:53.54 Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:52.67
Sébastien Loeb 1:55.95 Renato Travaglia 1:56.80
  • France made the semi-finals by having the fastest times of the losing teams.

Group C[edit]

Pos. Team Races Wins Losses Total Time Driver Wins Losses Best Time
1 United States USA 6 4 2 5:48.42 United States Jimmie Johnson 1 1 1:58.52
United States Jeff Gordon 1 1 1:53.44
United States Colin Edwards 2 0 1:56.43
2 Spain Spain 6 4 2 5:50.61 Spain Jesús Puras 2 0 1:57.60
Spain Fernando Alonso 1 2 1:53.84
Spain Carlos Checa 1 1 1:59.17
3 Brazil Brazil 6 1 5 5:59.08 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 0 2 2:02.53
Brazil Cristiano da Matta 1 1 1:58.26
Brazil Alex Barros 0 2 1:58.29
Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2
United States USA 2-1 Brazil Brazil
Colin Edwards 1:56.97 Alex Barros 1:58.29
Jeff Gordon 2:07.03 Cristiano da Matta 2:03.48
Jimmie Johnson 2:02.44 Antônio Pizzonia 2:04.36
Brazil Brazil 0-3 Spain Spain
Alex Barros 1:59.42 Carlos Checa 1:59.27
Cristiano da Matta 1:58.26 Fernando Alonso 1:54.07
Antônio Pizzonia 2:02.53 Jesús Puras 1:58.81
Spain Spain 1-2 United States USA
Carlos Checa 1:59.17 Colin Edwards 1:56.43
Fernando Alonso 1:53.84 Jeff Gordon 1:53.47
Jesús Puras 1:57.60 Jimmie Johnson 1:58.52

Best Times[edit]

Pos. Rally Racing Motorcycle
Driver Best Time Driver Best Time Driver Best Time
1 France Sébastien Loeb 1:55.95 Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:52.67 United States Colin Edwards 1:56.43
2 Italy Renato Travaglia 1:56.80 Sweden Kenny Brack 1:52.96 Italy Marco Melandri 1:57.24
3 Germany Walter Röhrl 1:56.89 Germany Nick Heidfeld 1:53.44 France Mickaël Maschio 1:57.62
4 Finland Marcus Grönholm 1:57.55 United States Jeff Gordon 1:53.44 Brazil Alex Barros 1:58.29
5 Spain Jesús Puras 1:57.60 France Sébastien Bourdais 1:53.54 Spain Carlos Checa 1:59.17
6 Sweden Thomas Rådström 1:58.02 Spain Fernando Alonso 1:53.84 Finland Kari Tiainen 2:00.60
7 United States Jimmie Johnson 1:58.52 United Kingdom James Thompson 1:54.45 Sweden Tony Rickardsson 2:05.13
8 United Kingdom Robbie Head 1:58.93 Finland JJ Lehto 1:55.91 Germany Pit Beirer 2:05.47
9 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 2:02.53 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 1:58.26 United Kingdom James Haydon 2:08.09

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
 Italy Italy 3  
 Finland Finland 1  
 


     Italy Italy 1


   United States USA 3


 United States USA 3
 France France 2  

Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2
Finland Finland 1-3 Italy Italy
Kari Tiainen 2:01.71 Marco Melandri 1:57.85
JJ Lehto 1:56.60 Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:55.27
Marcus Grönholm 1:58.58 Renato Travaglia 2:00.50
Kari Tiainen 1:59.99 Marco Melandri 1:56.91
United States USA 3–2 France France
Colin Edwards 1:57.67 Mickaël Maschio 1:58.84
Jeff Gordon 2:04.94 (penalty) Sébastien Bourdais 1:54.27
Jimmie Johnson 1:58.11 Sébastien Loeb 1:58.02
Colin Edwards 1:56.25 Mickaël Maschio DNF
Jeff Gordon 1:53.20 Sébastien Bourdais 1:56.47

Final[edit]

Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2
Italy Italy 1-3 United States USA
Marco Melandri 1:57.25 Colin Edwards 1:56.16
Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:54.02 Jeff Gordon 1:53.87
Renato Travaglia 1:54.01 Jimmie Johnson 1:54.67
Marco Melandri 3:04.83 Colin Edwards 2:12.99

Race of Champions[edit]

Participation in the main Race of Champions was awarded primarily on the basis of having the best times in the Nations' Cup. There were several exceptions to this rule however - Harri Rovanperä, as the defending champion, was guaranteed a spot, whilst Colin Edwards, despite having the best time among motorcyclists in the Nations' Cup, did not participate. François Duval secured his place by winning the Junior event, Luis Monzón won the Spanish Masters event, and Stig Blomqvist was an invited 'seeded' driver. Jimmie Johnson received a 'wild-card' entry, replacing Nations' Cup teammate Jeff Gordon who was sidelined by food poisoning. [1]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Driver Races Wins Losses Best Time
Belgium François Duval 3 2 1 1:54.15
Spain Luis Monzón 3 2 1 1:55.80
Sweden Stig Blomqvist 3 1 2 1:55.23
Spain Jesús Puras 3 1 2 1:57.27
Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
Spain Jesús Puras 1:57.27 Sweden Stig Blomqvist 1:58.06
Spain Jesús Puras 1:57.62 Belgium François Duval 1:55.20
Spain Jesús Puras 1:56.74 Spain Luis Monzón 1:55.80
Belgium François Duval 1:54.60 Sweden Stig Blomqvist 1:55.44
Sweden Stig Blomqvist 1:55.23 Spain Luis Monzón DNF
Belgium François Duval 2:04.15 (penalty) Spain Luis Monzón 1:56.95

Group B[edit]

Driver Races Wins Losses Best Time
Sweden Kenny Brack 3 3 0 1:54.92
Italy Marco Melandri 3 2 1 1:53.74
Italy Renato Travaglia 3 1 2 1:58.96
Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi 3 0 3 1:54.50
Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:58.98 Italy Renato Travaglia 1:58.96
Sweden Kenny Brack 1:55.44 Italy Renato Travaglia 1:56.61
Italy Renato Travaglia 1:56.62 Italy Marco Melandri 1:55.17
Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:55.55 Sweden Kenny Brack 1:54.92
Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:54.50 Italy Marco Melandri 1:53.74
Italy Marco Melandri Withdrew Sweden Kenny Brack Bye

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
       
 Finland Marcus Grönholm  2
 United States Jimmie Johnson  0  
 Finland Marcus Grönholm  2
     Belgium François Duval  0  
 Italy Marco Melandri  0
 Belgium François Duval  2  
 Finland Marcus Grönholm  2
   
   France Sébastien Loeb  1
 France Sébastien Loeb  2
 Spain Luis Monzón  0  
 France Sébastien Loeb  2


     Finland Harri Rovanperä  0  
 Finland Harri Rovanperä  2
 Sweden Kenny Brack  1  
 

Quarterfinals[edit]

Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
Finland Marcus Grönholm 1:57.71 United States Jimmie Johnson 1:57.94
Finland Marcus Grönholm 1:53.29 United States Jimmie Johnson DNF
Italy Marco Melandri DNF Belgium François Duval 2:02.30
Italy Marco Melandri 3:18.78 Belgium François Duval 2:26.20
France Sébastien Loeb 1:57.85 Spain Luis Monzón 2:00.49
France Sébastien Loeb 1:57.87 Spain Luis Monzón 1:58.87
Finland Harri Rovanperä 1:58.28 Sweden Kenny Brack 1:58.88
Finland Harri Rovanperä 1:54.46 Sweden Kenny Brack 1:53.98
Finland Harri Rovanperä 1:54.32 Sweden Kenny Brack 2:40.90

Semifinals[edit]

Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
Finland Marcus Grönholm 1:59.32 Belgium François Duval 2:25.41
Finland Marcus Grönholm 1:52.65 Belgium François Duval DNF
France Sébastien Loeb 1:57.19 Finland Harri Rovanperä 1:57.88
France Sébastien Loeb 1:53.81 Finland Harri Rovanperä 1:54.81

Final[edit]

Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
Finland Marcus Grönholm 1:53.07 France Sébastien Loeb 1:53.15
Finland Marcus Grönholm 1:52.05 France Sébastien Loeb 1:51.54
Finland Marcus Grönholm 1:51.87 France Sébastien Loeb 1:52.74

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USA wins the Nations Cup". Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

http://web.archive.org/web/20030623223347/http://www.carreradecampeones.org/