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The 2005 World Rally Championship season was the 33rd season in the FIA World Rally Championship. The season began on January 21 with the Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo and ended on November 13 with the Telstra Rally Australia.

In the drivers' world championship, Citroën Total's Sébastien Loeb successfully defended his title, finishing a record 56 points ahead of Subaru's Petter Solberg and Peugeot's Marcus Grönholm. Loeb also set several other records during the season. He won ten world rallies, beating the previous record of six held by him (2004) and Didier Auriol (1992). He also took six consecutive wins, beating Timo Salonen's 20-year-old record of four. Peugeot's Markko Märtin retired after his co-driver Michael Park was fatally injured in their crash at the Wales Rally GB.

Citroën took the manufacturers' title for the third year in a row, well ahead of Subaru and Ford. PSA Peugeot Citroën still went ahead with their plan to withdraw both Citroën and Peugeot from the series after the season. More blows to manufacturer involvement in the series followed when Mitsubishi and Škoda announced the withdrawal of their factory teams. However, the 2006 season would see Citroën and Škoda continue as the semi-works teams Kronos Citroën and Red Bull Škoda Team, respectively.

Regulation changes[edit]

Drivers' and co-drivers' helmets are now required to be equipped with a HANS device.

Michael Park[edit]

This is the memorial for Michael Park who lost his life

On 18 September 2005 Markko Martin's co-driver Michael "Beef" Park lost his life in a tragic accident. One of the top co-drivers of his generation, Park died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident on the final leg of Wales Rally Great Britain when his Peugeot 307 WRC left the road and struck a tree, heavily damaging the right side of the car. Martin was unhurt, but Park were died instantly. Martin laterly stopped rallying on top level since.

Calendar[edit]

Round Dates Race
1 21–23 January Monaco Monte Carlo Rally
2 11–13 February Sweden Swedish Rally
3 11–13 March Mexico Rally Mexico
4 7–10 April New Zealand Rally New Zealand
5 28 April-1 May Italy Rally d'Italia Sardegna
6 13–15 May Cyprus Cyprus Rally
7 3–5 June Turkey Rally of Turkey
8 23–26 June Greece Acropolis Rally
9 14–17 July Argentina Rally Argentina
10 4–7 August Finland Rally Finland
11 26–28 August Germany Rallye Deutschland
12 15–18 September United Kingdom Wales Rally GB
13 29 September-2 October Japan Rally Japan
14 21–23 October France Tour de Corse
15 27–30 October Spain Rally Catalunya
16 20–23 November Australia Rally Australia

Teams and drivers[edit]

World Rally Championship entries[edit]

Manufacturer teams
Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Rounds
France Citroën Total Citroën Xsara WRC M 1 France Sébastien Loeb All
2 Belgium François Duval 1–6, 9–16
Spain Carlos Sainz 7–8
United Kingdom BP Ford World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 04/06 M 3 Finland Toni Gardemeister All
4 Czech Republic Roman Kresta 1, 4–9, 11–16
Norway Henning Solberg 2
Spain Daniel Solà 3
Finland Mikko Hirvonen 10
14 Czech Republic Roman Kresta 2–3, 10
Norway Henning Solberg 5–8, 10, 12
Spain Daniel Solà 11, 13–16
15 Germany Antony Warmbold All
Argentina Luís Pérez Companc 4, 9
Japan Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 2004/5 P 5 Norway Petter Solberg All
6 France Stéphane Sarrazin 1–2, 11, 14–15
Australia Chris Atkinson 3–10, 12–13, 16
16 2, 11, 14–15
France Stéphane Sarrazin 5, 8, 12
France Marlboro Peugeot Total Peugeot 307 WRC P 7 Finland Marcus Grönholm All
8 Estonia Markko Märtin 1–12
Sweden Daniel Carlsson 13, 16
France Nicolas Bernardi 14–15
19 Sweden Daniel Carlsson 2
25 Finland Sebastian Lindholm 10
Japan Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports Mitsubishi Lancer WRC 05 P 9 Finland Harri Rovanperä All
10 France Gilles Panizzi 1, 3, 6, 13–14
Italy Gianluigi Galli 2, 4–5, 7–12, 15–16
18 13–14
Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport Škoda Fabia WRC M 11 Germany Armin Schwarz 1, 3–16
Sweden Mattias Ekström 2
12 France Alexandre Bengué 1, 11, 14–15
Finland Janne Tuohino 2, 4–8
Finland Jani Paasonen 3, 9–10
United Kingdom Colin McRae 12, 16
Finland Mikko Hirvonen 13
17 Finland Janne Tuohino 10
Czech Republic Jan Kopecký 11, 14–15
18 Finland Jani Paasonen 2, 8
Major entries not registered as manufacturers
Belgium OMV World Rally Team Citroën Xsara WRC M 16 Austria Manfred Stohl 1, 4–6, 8–12, 16
17 Spain Xavier Pons 8–12, 14–16
21 Finland Juuso Pykälistö 5
United Kingdom Stobart VK Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 04 M 17 United Kingdom Mark Higgins 5, 8, 12
Focus RS WRC 02 19 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson 5, 12
Turkey Hyundai Assan Motorsports Hyundai Hyundai Accent WRC P 17 Turkey Serkan Yazici 7
66 Turkey Ali Deveci 7
67 Turkey Omer Tolon 7
68 Turkey Murat Akdilek 7
United Kingdom M-Sport Ford Focus RS WRC 03 M 18 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 2, 5, 8, 15
France Bozian Racing Peugeot 206 WRC M
P
18 Sweden Daniel Carlsson 6, 9
19 Argentina Marcos Ligato 9
22 France Nicolas Bernardi 11–12
23 Spain Xavier Pons 1, 3, 5
61 France Didier Auriol 1
Mexico Ricardo Triviño 3, 9, 15
France Equipe de France FFSA Škoda Fabia WRC M 20 France Nicolas Vouilloz 14–15

JWRC Entries[edit]

No Entrant Driver Co-driver Car Rounds
31 Japan Suzuki Sport Europe Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson Sweden Jonas Andersson Suzuki Ignis S1600 1, 3, 5, 8
Suzuki Swift S1600 10–11, 15
32 United Kingdom Guy Wilks United Kingdom Phil Pugh Suzuki Ignis S1600 1, 3, 5, 8
Suzuki Swift S1600 10–11, 15
33 Finland Kosti Katajamäki Finland Timo Alanne Suzuki Ignis S1600 1, 5, 8, 10–11, 14–15
36 Estonia Urmo Aava Estonia Kuldar Sikk 1, 5, 8, 10–11, 14–15
34 Italy Fiat Abarth Motorsport San Marino Mirco Baldacci Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Fiat Punto S1600 1, 5, 8, 10–11, 14–15
35 Belgium Kronos Racing United Kingdom Kris Meeke United Kingdom Chris Patterson Citroën C2 S1600 1, 5, 8
United Kingdom Glenn Patterson 10–11, 14–15
41 Spain Daniel Sordo Spain Marc Martí 1, 5, 10–11, 14–15
Spain Oriol Julia 8
37 Italy Errepi Racing Italy Alan Scorcioni Italy Domenico Scorcioni Suzuki Ignis S1600 15
Italy Silvio Stefanelli 1, 5, 8, 14
Fiat Punto S1600 10
Italy Toni Moreno 11
38 Italy Power Car Team Italy Luca Betti Italy Giovanni Agnese Renault Clio S1600 1, 5, 8, 11, 14–15
Italy Piercarlo Capalongo 10
39 Italy Autorel Sport Italy Luca Cecchettini Italy Massimo Daddoveri Renault Clio S1600 1
Fiat Punto S1600 3, 5, 8, 11
Italy Antonio Morassi 14–15
40 France PH Sport Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach United Kingdom Carl Williamson Citroën Saxo S1600 3
Citroën C2 S1600 5, 8, 10–11, 14–15
42 Czech Republic Trumf Rally Team Czech Republic Pavel Valoušek Italy Pierangelo Scalvini Suzuki Ignis S1600 1, 3, 5, 10–11
Czech Republic Petr Starý 14–15
43 Czech Republic Jipocar Racing Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Petr Gross Suzuki Ignis S1600 1, 5, 8, 10–11, 14–15

Results and standings[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
NZL
New Zealand
ITA
Italy
CYP
Cyprus
TUR
Turkey
GRC
Greece
ARG
Argentina
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
JPN
Japan
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
AUS
Australia
 Pts 
1 France Sébastien Loeb 1 Ret 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 Ret 127
2 Norway Petter Solberg Ret 1 1 3 2 Ret 2 9 3 4 7 1 Ret 3 13 Ret 71
3 Finland Marcus Grönholm 5 Ret 2 2 3 Ret 3 4 2 1 3 Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 71
4 Finland Toni Gardemeister 2 3 6 6 5 5 6 2 4 6 17 DSQ 6 2 14 Ret 58
5 Estonia Markko Märtin 4 2 3 5 4 3 5 8 6 3 4 Ret 53
6 Belgium François Duval Ret 12 Ret 4 11 Ret 7 8 2 2 4 Ret 2 1 47
7 Finland Harri Rovanperä 7 4 5 Ret Ret 7 10 6 5 7 10 4 5 10 10 2 39
8 Czech Republic Roman Kresta 8 8 Ret DNS 6 6 7 Ret 11 23 6 6 7 5 5 6 29
9 Austria Manfred Stohl 6 9 9 2 20 8 Ret Ret 5 3 22
10 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ret Ret 5 5 Ret 3 14
11 Italy Gianluigi Galli 7 8 Ret 8 7 Ret Ret 5 13 Ret 9 Ret 5 14
12 Australia Chris Atkinson 19 Ret 7 18 10 24 Ret 9 Ret 11 38 3 Ret 9 4 13
13 Spain Carlos Sainz 4 3 11
14 Norway Henning Solberg 5 15 4 11 Ret 9 10 9
15 France Gilles Panizzi 3 8 11 11 Ret 7
16 Spain Xavier Pons Ret 38 10 13 Ret 34 17 10 10 12 9 11 7 4 Ret 7
17 France Stéphane Sarrazin 14 13 12 13 8 Ret 4 Ret 6
18 Germany Antony Warmbold 10 11 7 11 7 Ret 9 Ret 12 Ret DNS 12 9 13 7 Ret 6
19 Sweden Daniel Carlsson 6 Ret 8 Ret 14 15 DNS 8 Ret 5
20 France Nicolas Bernardi Ret Ret 8 6 4
21 France Alexandre Bengué 9 Ret 6 Ret 3
22 United Kingdom Colin McRae 7 Ret 2
23 Spain Daniel Solà Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 7 2
24 Finland Juuso Pykälistö DNS 8 DNS 1
25 United Kingdom Mark Higgins Ret Ret 10 Ret 44 Ret DSQ DNS 8 10 1
26 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký 37 Ret 12 8 1
27 Germany Armin Schwarz Ret 9 10 Ret 13 Ret 18 16 11 Ret 14 10 Ret 11 8 1
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
NZL
New Zealand
ITA
Italy
CYP
Cyprus
TUR
Turkey
GRC
Greece
ARG
Argentina
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
JPN
Japan
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
AUS
Australia
 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
MEX
Mexico
NZL
New Zealand
ITA
Italy
CYP
Cyprus
TUR
Turkey
GRE
Greece
ARG
Argentina
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
JPN
Japan
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
AUS
Australia
Points
1 France Citroën 1 1 Ret 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 Ret 188
2 Ret 8 Ret 4 7 Ret 4 3 7 8 2 2 4 Ret 2 1
2 France Peugeot 7 5 Ret 2 2 3 Ret 3 4 2 1 3 Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 135
8 4 2 3 5 4 2 5 7 6 3 4 Ret 8 7 4 Ret
3 United Kingdom Ford 3 2 3 6 6 5 3 6 2 4 6 10 Ret 6 2 8 Ret 104
4 7 5 Ret Ret 6 4 7 Ret 9 5 6 5 7 5 3 5
4 Japan Subaru 5 Ret 1 1 3 2 Ret 2 8 3 4 7 1 Ret 3 7 Ret 97
6 9 9 Ret 7 9 7 11 Ret 8 Ret 8 9 3 4 Ret 3
5 Japan Mitsubishi 9 6 4 5 Ret Ret 5 9 5 5 7 9 4 5 8 5 2 76
10 3 6 7 8 Ret 8 8 6 Ret Ret 5 8 10 Ret Ret 4
6 Czech Republic Škoda 11 Ret 7 8 9 Ret 9 Ret 9 10 9 Ret 7 9 Ret 6 6 21
12 8 Ret 9 Ret 8 6 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 6 Ret Ret
Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
NZL
New Zealand
ITA
Italy
CYP
Cyprus
TUR
Turkey
GRE
Greece
ARG
Argentina
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
JPN
Japan
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
AUS
Australia
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)

JWRC Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver MON
Monaco
MEX
Mexico
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
 Pts 
1 Spain Dani Sordo 4 1 Ret 1 1 2 1 53
2 United Kingdom Guy Wilks 7 1 6 2 3 3 Ret 35
3 United Kingdom Kris Meeke 1 3 6 7 2 8 7 32
4 Estonia Urmo Aava Ret 2 3 2 Ret 4 4 32
5 Finland Kosti Katajamäki 2 Ret 4 Ret 5 3 2 31
6 Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson 6 2 5 1 Ret 4 Ret 30
7 San Marino Mirco Baldacci 10 Ret 5 5 7 1 3 26
8 Italy Luca Betti 5 4 Ret 4 6 Ret Ret 17
9 Czech Republic Martin Prokop 9 7 7 6 Ret 7 5 13
10 Italy Luca Cecchettini Ret 3 Ret Ret 9 6 8 10
11 Czech Republic Pavel Valoušek 8 4 9 Ret 8 Ret 6 10
12 Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach Ret 8 8 8 Ret 5 Ret 7
13 Italy Alan Scorcioni 3 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
MEX
Mexico
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
 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 Podium drivers
(Finishing time)
Podium cars
1 France/Monaco 73ème Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo
(21–23 January) — Results and report
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (4h:13m:05.6s)
  2. Finland Toni Gardemeister (4h:16m:03.9s)
  3. France Gilles Panizzi (4h:16m:45.7s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 04
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer WRC
2 Sweden 54th Uddeholm Swedish Rally
(11–13 February) — Results and report
  1. Norway Petter Solberg (3h:00m:52.1s)
  2. Estonia Markko Märtin (3h:03m:03.2s)
  3. Finland Toni Gardemeister (3h:04m:06.8s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 2004
  2. Peugeot 307 WRC
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 04
3 Mexico 19º Corona Rally México
(11–13 March) — Results and report
  1. Norway Petter Solberg (3h:41m:06.2s)
  2. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:41m:40.7s)
  3. Estonia Markko Märtin (3h:42m:44.5s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
  2. Peugeot 307 WRC
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
4 New Zealand 35th Propecia Rally New Zealand
(8–10 April) — Results and report
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (3h:34m:51.6s)
  2. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:35m:41.4s)
  3. Norway Petter Solberg (3h:36m:00.3s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Peugeot 307 WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
5 Italy 2º Supermag Rally Italia Sardinia
(29 April–1 May) — Results and report
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (4h:06m:33.7s)
  2. Norway Petter Solberg (4h:07m:33.3s)
  3. Finland Marcus Grönholm (4h:09m:41.0s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
6 Cyprus 33rd Cyprus Rally
(13–15 May) — Results and report
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (5h:02m:29.4s)
  2. Austria Manfred Stohl (5h:06m:38.9s)
  3. Estonia Markko Märtin (5h:07m:11.3s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
7 Turkey 6th Rally of Turkey
(2–5 June) — Results and report
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (4h:21m:48.0s)
  2. Norway Petter Solberg (4h:22m:47.6s)
  3. Finland Marcus Grönholm (4h:23m:03.3s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
8 Greece 52nd Acropolis Rally
(23–26 June) — Results and report
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (4h:12m:53.7s)
  2. Finland Toni Gardemeister (4h:14m:29.9s)
  3. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:15m:04.8s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 04
  3. Citroën Xsara WRC
9 Argentina 25º Rally Argentina
(14–17 July) — Results and report
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (3h:55m:36.5s)
  2. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:56m:02.5s)
  3. Norway Petter Solberg (3h:56m:41.7s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Peugeot 307 WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
10 Finland 55th Neste Rally Finland
(4–7 August) — Results and report
  1. Finland Marcus Grönholm (2h:54m:11.0s)
  2. France Sébastien Loeb (2h:55m:17.7s)
  3. Estonia Markko Märtin (2h:55m:46.6s)
  1. Peugeot 307 WRC
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
11 Germany 24. OMV ADAC Rallye Deutschland
(25–27 August) — Results and report
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (3h:27m:13.2s)
  2. Belgium François Duval (3h:27m:50.6s)
  3. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:29m:18.0s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
12 United Kingdom 61st Wales Rally of Great Britain
(16–18 September) — Results and report
  1. Norway Petter Solberg (2h:45m:57.8s)
  2. Belgium François Duval (2h:47m:15.2s)
  3. France Sébastien Loeb (2h:47m:15.7s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Citroën Xsara WRC
13 Japan 2nd Rally Japan
(30 September–2 October) — Results and report
  1. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:23m:32.0s)
  2. France Sébastien Loeb (3h:26m:54.1s)[1]
  3. Australia Chris Atkinson (3h:28m:12.0s)
  1. Peugeot 307 WRC
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
14 France 49ème Tour de Corse - Rallye de France
(21–23 October) — Results and report
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (3h:35m:46.7s)
  2. Finland Toni Gardemeister (3h:37m:38.4s)
  3. Norway Petter Solberg (3h:38m:28.7s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 04
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC
15 Spain 41º Rally RACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada
(28–30 October) — Results and report
  1. France Sébastien Loeb (3h:31m:07.0s)
  2. Belgium François Duval (3h:32m:28.9s)
  3. Finland Mikko Hirvonen (3h:33m:53.7s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC[2]
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 03
16 Australia 18th Telstra Rally Australia
(10–13 November) — Results and report
  1. Belgium François Duval (3h:19m:55.0s)
  2. Finland Harri Rovanperä (3h:20m:47.9s)
  3. Austria Manfred Stohl (3h:21m:28.0s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Mitsubishi Lancer WRC
  3. Citroën Xsara WRC

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sébastien Loeb secured the drivers' championship title in Japan.
  2. ^ Citroën secured the manufacturers' championship in Spain.

External links[edit]