2003 World Rally Championship season

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The 2003 World Rally Championship season was the 31st season of the FIA World Rally Championship. The season consisted of 14 rallies. The drivers' world championship was won by Petter Solberg in a Subaru Impreza WRC, ahead of Sébastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz. The manufacturers' title was won by Citroën, ahead of Peugeot and Subaru.

Calendar[edit]

Round Dates Rally
1 23–26 January Monaco Monte Carlo Rally
2 6–9 February Sweden Swedish Rally
3 27 February-2 March Turkey Rally of Turkey
4 10–13 April New Zealand Rally New Zealand
5 8–11 May Argentina Rally Argentina
6 6–8 June Greece Acropolis Rally
7 20–22 June Cyprus Cyprus Rally
8 25–27 July Germany Rallye Deutschland
9 7–10 August Finland Rally Finland
10 4–7 September Australia Rally Australia
11 2–5 October Italy Rally Sanremo
12 16–19 October France Tour de Corse
13 24–26 October Spain Rally Catalunya
14 6–9 November United Kingdom Wales Rally GB

Teams and drivers[edit]

Manufacturer teams
Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Rounds
France Marlboro Peugeot Total Peugeot 206 WRC M 1 Finland Marcus Grönholm All
2 United Kingdom Richard Burns 1–13
Belgium Freddy Loix 14
3 France Gilles Panizzi 1, 8, 11–13
Finland Harri Rovanperä 2–7, 9–10, 14
United Kingdom Ford Motor Co Ford Focus RS WRC 02/03 M 4 Estonia Markko Märtin All
5 Belgium François Duval All
6 Finland Mikko Hirvonen All
20 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 6, 8–9, 14
United Kingdom 555 Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 2003 P 7 Norway Petter Solberg All
8 Finland Tommi Mäkinen All
United Kingdom Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai Accent WRC M 10 Germany Armin Schwarz 1–10
11 Belgium Freddy Loix 1–10
12 Finland Jussi Välimäki 2, 4, 6, 9
United Kingdom Justin Dale 7
Austria Manfred Stohl 8
20 Austria Manfred Stohl 6, 10
22 United Kingdom Justin Dale 8, 10
Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport Škoda Octavia WRC Evo3
Fabia WRC
M 14 France Didier Auriol All
15 Finland Toni Gardemeister All
22 Germany Matthias Kahle 8
26 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký 8, 14
32 Argentina Gabriel Pozzo 5
France Citroën Total Citroën Xsara WRC M 17 United Kingdom Colin McRae All
18 France Sébastien Loeb All
19 Spain Carlos Sainz All
20 France Philippe Bugalski 8, 11–13
25 Spain Daniel Solà 6, 14
Major entries not registered as manufacturers
Team Constructor Car Drivers Rounds
France Bozian Racing Peugeot 206 WRC Czech Republic Roman Kresta 1-2, 6, 8, 11, 13-14
France Gilles Panizzi 3, 6-7, 14
Finland Juuso Pykälistö 2-3, 6-7, 9, 14
Finland Ari Vatanen 9
France Equipe de France FFSA France Cédric Robert 1, 8, 11-13
Finland Peugeot Sport Finland Finland Sebastian Lindholm 9
France Team BSA France Alexandre Bengue 12
Austria Stohl Racing Austria Manfred Stohl 4, 12, 14
Germany AW Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 02 Germany Antony Warmbold 1–2, 4–10, 12–14
United Kingdom ADR Motorsport United Kingdom Alistair Ginley 3, 6–9, 12–14
Finland LPM Racing Finland Janne Tuohino 2, 9
Poland Tomasz Kuchar Poland Tomasz Kuchar 2, 4, 6
United Kingdom Mitsubishi Ralliart Europe Mitsubishi Lancer WRC United Kingdom Alister McRae 4
Finland Jani Paasonen Finland Jani Paasonen 8
United Kingdom Mitsubishi Motor Sports Finland Kristian Sohlberg 2, 4, 8

JWRC entries[edit]

No Entrant Drivers Co-driver Car Rounds
51 Italy Purity Auto San Marino Mirco Baldacci Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Fiat Punto S1600 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
52 Japan Suzuki Sport Sweden Daniel Carlsson Sweden Mattias Andersson Suzuki Ignis S1600 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
64 Finland Ville-Pertti Teuronen Finland Harri Kaapro 1, 3, 6, 9, 11
Finland Mikko Markkula 13–14
69 Spain Salvador Cañellas Spain Xavier Amigó 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
71 Estonia Urmo Aava Estonia Kuldar Sikk 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
53 Austria Stohl Racing Austria David Doppelreiter Norway Ola Fløene Peugeot 206 S1600 1
54 Germany Volkswagen Racing Finland Kosti Katajamäki Finland Miikka Anttila Volkswagen Polo S1600 1, 3, 6
Finland Jani Laaksonen 9, 11, 13–14
62 Sweden Oscar Svedlund Sweden Björn Nilsson 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
73 Bulgaria Krum Donchev Bulgaria Ruman Manolov 14
78 Germany Vladan Vasiljevic Germany Sebastian Greipel 1, 3, 6, 9, 11
55 United Kingdom Ford Motor Co Norway Martin Stenshorne United Kingdom Clive Jenkins Ford Puma S1600 1, 3, 6
70 United Kingdom Guy Wilks United Kingdom Phil Pugh 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
57 Italy Auto Sport Italia Bulgaria Dimitar Iliev Bulgaria Petar Sivov Peugeot 206 S1600 1, 3, 6
Bulgaria Yanaki Yanakiev 9, 11, 13–14
73 Bulgaria Krum Donchev Bulgaria Ruman Manolov 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13
58 Italy Fiat Ceccato Argentina Marcos Ligato Argentina Ruben Garcia Fiat Punto S1600 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
63 Italy Massimo Ceccato Italy Mitia Dotta 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
76 Italy Luca Cecchettini Italy Marco Muzzarelli 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
59 Italy Astra Racing Austria Beppo Harrach Germany Michael Kölbach Ford Puma S1600 1, 3, 6, 11, 14
65 Lebanon Abdo Feghali Lebanon Joseph Matar 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
60 Czech Republic Barum Rally Team Czech Republic Pavel Valoušek Italy Pierangelo Scalvini Citroën Saxo S1600 1, 3
61 France Renault Sport France Brice Tirabassi France Jacques-Julien Renucci Renault Clio S1600 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
66 France Citroën Sport France Sébastien Ceccone France Julien Giroux Citroën Saxo S1600 1, 3, 6
67 San Marino Sab Motorsport San Marino Alessandro Broccoli Italy Simona Girelli Opel Corsa S1600 1, 3, 6, 9, 11
Italy Giovanni Agnese 13–14
68 Croatia Renault Croatia Croatia Juraj Šebalj Croatia Toni Klinc Renault Clio S1600 1, 3, 6
72 Italy Errepi Racing San Marino Jader Vagnini Italy Lorenzo Granai Fiat Punto S1600 1
74 United Kingdom McRae Motorsports United Kingdom Kris Meeke United Kingdom Chris Patterson Opel Corsa S1600 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13–14
75 Poland Dariusz Chudobinski Poland Dariusz Chudobinski Poland Przemyslaw Szulc Citroën Saxo S1600 1
77 Switzerland Chicco d'Oro Switzerland Filippo Suessli Switzerland Loris Pala Fiat Punto S1600 1

Results and standings[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
TUR
Turkey
NZL
New Zealand
ARG
Argentina
GRC
Greece
CYP
Cyprus
GER
Germany
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 Norway Petter Solberg Ret 6 Ret 3 5 3 1 8 2 1 Ret 1 5 1 72
2 France Sébastien Loeb 1 7 Ret 4 Ret Ret 3 1 5 2 1 13 2 2 71
3 Spain Carlos Sainz 3 9 1 12 2 2 5 6 4 5 4 2 7 Ret 63
4 United Kingdom Richard Burns 5 3 2 2 3 4 Ret 3 3 3 7 8 Ret 58
5 Estonia Markko Märtin 4 4 6 Ret Ret 1 Ret 5 1 Ret 3 Ret 3 Ret 49
6 Finland Marcus Grönholm 13 1 9 1 1 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 4 6 Ret 46
7 United Kingdom Colin McRae 2 5 4 Ret Ret 8 4 4 Ret 4 6 5 9 4 45
8 Finland Tommi Mäkinen Ret 2 8 7 Ret 5 Ret Ret 6 6 10 7 8 3 30
9 Belgium François Duval 7 Ret 3 9 8 Ret Ret 7 Ret 10 5 3 4 5 30
10 France Gilles Panizzi Ret 5 7 Ret 10 2 6 1 Ret 27
11 Finland Harri Rovanperä Ret Ret Ret 4 6 2 Ret 7 Ret 18
12 Finland Toni Gardemeister Ret 8 7 5 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 11 12 Ret 9
13 France Didier Auriol 9 18 Ret 8 6 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 12 Ret Ret 11 4
14 Belgium Freddy Loix Ret 10 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 10 8 DNS DNS DNS 6 4
15 France Cédric Robert 6 9 9 12 11 3
16 United Kingdom Alister McRae 6 3
17 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ret 11 Ret 10 16 Ret 6 13 Ret 9 Ret 10 14 Ret 3
18 Germany Armin Schwarz 8 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 12 12 13 DNS DNS DNS DNS 3
19 Finland Janne Tuohino 17 7 2
20 Austria Manfred Stohl Ret 11 18 DNS Ret 7 2
21 United Kingdom Alistair Ginley 12 15 8 Ret 23 Ret 23 Ret 1
22 Finland Sebastian Lindholm 8 1
23 France Philippe Bugalski Ret 8 9 10 1
24 Czech Republic Roman Kresta 10 14 Ret Ret 11 13 8 1
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
TUR
Turkey
NZL
New Zealand
ARG
Argentina
GRC
Greece
CYP
Cyprus
GER
Germany
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
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]

Manufacturer Teams must enter at least two cars.[1] This allowed Manufacturers to have three or four cars registered on a single event, but only their best two result would count to the championship.

Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
TUR
Turkey
NZL
New Zealand
ARG
Argentina
GRE
Greece
CYP
Cyprus
GER
Germany
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
Points
1 France Citroën Total World Rally Team 17 2 5 4 Ret Ret 7 4 4 Ret 4 (6) 5 (9) 4 160
18 1 7 Ret 4 Ret Ret 3 1 5 2 1 (12) 2 2
19 (3) (9) 1 (10) 2 2 (5) (6) 4 (5) 4 2 7 Ret
20 Ret (8) (9) (10)
2 France Marlboro Peugeot Total 1 8 1 8 1 1 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 4 6 Ret 145
2 4 3 2 2 3 4 Ret 3 3 3 6 (8) Ret 6
3 Ret Ret Ret Ret (4) 6 2 (9) Ret 6 2 6 1 Ret
3 Japan 555 Subaru World Rally Team 7 Ret 6 Ret 3 4 3 1 7 2 1 Ret 1 5 1 109
8 Ret 2 7 6 Ret 5 Ret Ret 6 5 7 7 8 3
4 United Kingdom Ford Motor Co 4 3 4 5 Ret Ret 1 Ret 5 1 Ret 3 Ret 3 Ret 93
5 5 Ret 3 8 7 Ret Ret 6 Ret 9 5 3 4 5
6 Ret 10 Ret 9 8 Ret 5 (12) Ret 8 Ret 8 (12) Ret
5 Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport 14 7 12 Ret 7 5 8 Ret Ret Ret 11 8 Ret Ret 7 23
15 Ret 8 6 5 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 9 9 Ret
6 South Korea Hyundai World Rally Team 10 6 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 9 8 12 12
11 Ret 9 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 7 7
12 Ret Ret Ret Ret (13) Ret
Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
TUR
Turkey
NZL
New Zealand
ARG
Argentina
GRE
Greece
CYP
Cyprus
GER
Germany
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
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)
  • Results in "()" means the car finished the rally, but two others of the same Manufacturer Team reached a better result.

JWRC Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver MON
Monaco
TUR
Turkey
GRE
Greece
FIN
Finland
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 France Brice Tirabassi 1 Ret 1 2 Ret 1 Ret 38
2 Spain Salvador Cañellas Jr. Ret 2 4 5 2 3 4 36
3 Sweden Daniel Carlsson Ret Ret 2 1 Ret 4 1 33
4 Estonia Urmo Aava 4 Ret 3 4 Ret 5 Ret 20
5 San Marino Mirco Baldacci 7 Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret 2 20
6 Finland Ville-Pertti Teuronen Ret 4 Ret Ret 4 6 3 19
7 United Kingdom Guy Wilks Ret 3 6 3 6 11 Ret 18
8 San Marino Alessandro Broccoli 3 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 5 13
9 Argentina Marcos Ligato 2 Ret Ret 7 Ret 10
10 Finland Kosti Katajamäki EX 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10
11 Italy Massimo Ceccato 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 6 8
12 Italy Luca Cecchettini 9 5 Ret Ret 5 10 Ret 8
13 Bulgaria Dimitar Iliev Ret 7 Ret Ret 3 Ret 8
14 United Kingdom Kris Meeke 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 8
15 Lebanon Abdo Feghali 10 3 Ret Ret 7 7 Ret 7
16 Sweden Oscar Svedlund Ret Ret 5 8 Ret Ret 5
17 Croatia Juraj Šebalj 6 Ret 3
18 Austria Beppo Harrach 8 Ret Ret 1
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
TUR
Turkey
GRE
Greece
FIN
Finland
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
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)

Events[edit]

Round Rally Name Start-End Date Podium Drivers
(Finishing Time)
Podium Cars
1 71ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 24 January-26 January
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (4h:29m:11.4s)
  2. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:29m:49.5s)
  3. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:30m:03.6s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Citroën Xsara WRC
2 52nd Uddeholm Swedish Rally 7 February-9 February
  1. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:03m:28.1s)
  2. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:04m:18.9s)
  3. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:04m:46.0s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC 2003
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
3 4th Rally of Turkey 27 February-2 March
  1. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:32m:14.1s)
  2. United Kingdom Richard Burns (4h:33m:02.0s)
  3. Belgium François Duval (4h:34m:00.6s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 02
4 33rd Propecia Rally New Zealand 11 April-13 April
  1. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:45m:21.2s)
  2. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:46m:29.9s)
  3. Norway Petter Solberg (3h:47m:31.0s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 2003
5 23º Rally Argentina 8 May-11 May
  1. Finland Marcus Grönholm (4h:14m:45.0s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:15m:11.6s)
  3. United Kingdom Richard Burns (4h:15m:57.8s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
6 50th Acropolis Rally 6 June-8 June
  1. Estonia Markko Märtin (4h:53m:40.5s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:54m:26.5s)
  3. Norway Petter Solberg (4h:54m:33.2s)
  1. Ford Focus RS WRC 03
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 2003
7 31st Cyprus Rally 20 June-22 June
  1. Norway Petter Solberg (5h:09m:12.6s)
  2. Finland Harri Rovanperä (5h:13m:26.6s)
  3. France Sébastien Loeb (5h:13m:29.4s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 2003
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Citroën Xsara WRC
8 22. ADAC Rallye Deutschland 25 July-27 July
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (3h:46m:50.4s)
  2. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:46m:54.0s)
  3. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:47m:10.1s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
9 53rd Neste Rally Finland 7 August-10 August
  1. Estonia Markko Märtin (3h:21m:51.7s)
  2. Norway Petter Solberg (3h:22m:50.6s)
  3. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:22m:51.8s)
  1. Ford Focus RS WRC 03
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC 2003
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
10 16th Telstra Rally Australia 4 September-7 September
  1. Norway Petter Solberg (3h:32m:07.1s)
  2. France Sébastien Loeb (3h:32m:33.7s)
  3. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:34m:00.1s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 2003
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
11 45º Rallye Sanremo - Rallye d'Italia 3 October-5 October
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (4h:16m:33.7s)
  2. France Gilles Panizzi (4h:17m:02.0s)
  3. Estonia Markko Märtin (4h:17m:28.3s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 03
12 47ème Tour de Corse - Rallye de France 17 October-19 October
  1. Norway Petter Solberg (4h:20m:15.3s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:20m:51.9s)
  3. Belgium François Duval (4h:20m:57.0s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 2003
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 03
13 39º Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava (Rallye de España) 24 October-26 October
  1. France Gilles Panizzi (3h:55m:09.4s)
  2. France Sébastien Loeb (3h:55m:22.4s)
  3. Estonia Markko Märtin (3h:55m:23.0s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 03
14 59th Wales Rally of Great Britain 6 November-9 November
  1. Norway Petter Solberg (3h:28m:58.1s)
  2. France Sébastien Loeb (3h:29m:41.7s)
  3. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:31m:56.9s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 2003
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 2003

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