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Sébastien Ogier will start the season as the defending World Drivers' Champion.

The 2014 World Rally Championship season will be the forty-second season of the World Rally Championship, an auto racing championship recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile as the highest class of international rallying. Teams and drivers will contest thirteen rallies across four continents, competing for the FIA World Rally Championships for Drivers and Manufacturers. The WRC-2, WRC-3 and Junior WRC championships will all be run in support of the premier championship.

The 2014 season will see Hyundai return to the championship as a manufacturer for the first time since the 2003 season.[1] The Rally of Poland will return to the calendar after a five-year absence, replacing the Acropolis Rally.[2]

Sébastien Ogier will start the season as the defending drivers' champion.[3] His team, Volkswagen Motorsport, will start the season as the defending manufacturers' champions.[4]

Calendar[edit]

The 2014 calendar was announced at a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Croatia on 27 September 2013.[5] The season will be contested over thirteen rounds in Europe, North and South America and Australia.

Round Dates Rally name Rally headquarters Surface
1 16–18 January Monaco 82ème Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo Gap, Hautes-Alpes Mixed
2 5–8 February Sweden 62nd Rally Sweden Hagfors, Värmland Snow
3 6–9 March Mexico 28º Rally Guanajuato México León, Guanajuato Gravel
4 3–6 April Portugal 48º Vodafone Rally de Portugal Faro, Algarve Gravel
5 8–11 May Argentina 34º Rally Argentina Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba Gravel
6 6–8 June Italy 11º Rally d'Italia Sardegna Alghero, Sardinia Gravel
7 27–29 June Poland 71st LOTOS Rally Poland Mikołajki, Warmia-Masuria Gravel
8 1–3 August Finland 64th Neste Oil Rally Finland Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi Gravel
9 22–24 August Germany 32. ADAC Rallye Deutschland Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate Tarmac
10 12–14 September Australia 23rd Coates Hire Rally Australia Coffs Harbour, New South Wales Gravel
11 3–5 October France Rallye de France – Alsace 2014 Strasbourg, Alsace Tarmac
12 24–26 October Spain 50º Rally RACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada Salou, Tarragona Mixed
13 14–16 November United Kingdom 70th Wales Rally GB Deeside, Flintshire Gravel

Calendar changes[edit]

  • Rally Australia and Rally New Zealand will abandon the event-sharing arrangement established in 2008 that saw each event host a round of the championship every other year. After hosting an event in 2013, Rally Australia will remain on the calendar throughout 2014 and 2015 before the arrangement is due to be renegotiated.[2]
  • The Rallye Monte Carlo will relocate its base from Valence in the French province of Rhône-Alpes to the town of Gap in the neighbouring province of Hautes-Alpes.[6]
  • The 2014 calendar will see the Rally of Poland return to the championship for the first time since 2009.[2] The event will also cross the border into Lithuania for one day of competition.[5] Its inclusion came at the expense of the Acropolis Rally, which was removed after struggling with its financial obligations to the championship. The Acropolis Rally later moved to the European Rally Championship for the 2014 season.[7] The rallies of Brazil and China had also been considered for inclusion on the WRC calendar before the FIA approved of the Rally of Poland.[8][9]

Teams and drivers[edit]

Hyundai returned to the WRC in 2014, competing with the i20 WRC.

The following teams and drivers are scheduled to compete in the World Rally Championship during the 2014 season:

World Rally Car entries eligible to score manufacturer points
Constructor Team Tyre No. Drivers Co-drivers Rounds
Volkswagen
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport[10] M 1 France Sébastien Ogier[11] France Julien Ingrassia[11] 1–8
2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala[11] Finland Miikka Anttila[11] 1–8
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport II[12] M 9 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen[12] Finland Mikko Markkula[12] 1–5
Norway Ola Fløene[13] 6–8
Citroën
(Citroën DS3 WRC)
France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team[14] M 3 United Kingdom Kris Meeke[15] Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle[15] 1–8
4 Norway Mads Østberg[15] Sweden Jonas Andersson[15] 1–8
Ford
(Ford Fiesta RS WRC)
United Kingdom M-Sport World Rally Team[12][16] M 5 Finland Mikko Hirvonen[17] Finland Jarmo Lehtinen[17] 1–8
6 United Kingdom Elfyn Evans[17] United Kingdom Daniel Barritt[17] 1–8
United Kingdom RK M-Sport World Rally Team[12] M 10 Poland Robert Kubica[18] Poland Maciek Szczepaniak[16] 1–8
Czech Republic Jipocar Czech National Team[19] M 21 Czech Republic Martin Prokop[19] Czech Republic Michal Ernst[19] 1
Czech Republic Jan Tománek[20] 2–8
Hyundai
(Hyundai i20 WRC)
Germany Hyundai Shell World Rally Team[1][12][21] M 7 Belgium Thierry Neuville[22] Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul[22] 1–8
8 Spain Dani Sordo[23] Spain Marc Martí[23] 1, 5
Finland Juho Hänninen[24] Finland Tomi Tuominen[24] 2, 4, 6–8
Australia Chris Atkinson[25] Belgium Stéphane Prévot[25] 3
Germany Hyundai Motorsport N[26] M 20 Spain Dani Sordo[27][28] Spain Marc Martí[27][28] 4
New Zealand Hayden Paddon[26] New Zealand John Kennard[26] 6–8

Team changes[edit]

Driver changes[edit]

Changes[edit]

  • Pirelli will return to the World Rally Championship as a tyre supplier in 2014, joining existing suppliers Michelin, DMACK and Hankook.[43] Pirelli last supplied tyres for the championship in 2010.
  • The rules governing the running order for a day's stages will change in 2014, after the FIA expressed dissatisfaction with the qualifying stage format introduced in 2012, whereby the fastest drivers during the event shakedown were given the opportunity to choose their starting position for the rally as a means of discouraging drivers from stopping on a stage in order to gain a more-favourable starting position the next day.[44] The final format was decided upon at the December 2013 meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, with WRC and WRC-2 drivers starting in their provisional championship classification for the first day of the rally, before starting the second and third days in reverse order of the provisional rally classification. Cars that have retired on one day and are restarting the next under Rally-2 regulations will be placed after the WRC and WRC-2 driver groups.[45]
  • Manufacturers will no longer be required to nominate one permanent driver for the season, but will instead be obliged to nominate one driver for a minimum of ten events, leaving them free to rotate drivers through the remaining events as they so choose.[45]
  • Rallies must now follow a fixed format. There will be a ceremonial start on Thursday, with the last stage run as the Power Stage. The length of the Power Stage must be at least ten kilometers.[45]
  • All competitors registered in the Championships–WRC, WRC-2, WRC-3 and the Junior WRC—will be obliged to use a colour-coded windscreen sticker to distinguish its category.[45]

Rally summaries[edit]

Round 1 — 82ème Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo[edit]

Round Rally name Podium finishers Statistics
Pos. No. Driver Team Time Stages Length Starters Finishers
1 Monaco 82ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo
(15–20 January) — Results and report
1 1 France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
3:55:14.4 (15)1a
14
(383.88 km)1b
360.48 km
62 40
2 11 France Bryan Bouffier
France Xavier Panseri
United Kingdom M-Sport WRT
(Ford Fiesta RS WRC)
3:56:33.3
3 3 United Kingdom Kris Meeke
Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle
France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT
(Citroën DS3 WRC)
3:57:08.7

The first round of the season was run in difficult conditions, with heavy rain making for a slippery surface and low visibility. Former Formula One driver Robert Kubica took an early lead, but fell behind on the first leg when he made the wrong tyre choice. French privateer Bryan Bouffier – who won the event in 2011, when it was a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge – took control and led the field at the end of the first day. Bouffier came under pressure from reigning World Champion Sébastien Ogier on the second day, and ultimately lost the lead when he spun during the afternoon stages, whilst Kubica crashed out. Ogier's rally was not without incident, with the Volkswagen driver surviving several close encounters with walls as he tried to recover from a poor start. Ogier went on to win the rally by over a minute, with Bouffier second and Kris Meeke finishing third. Hyundai's return to the World Rally Championship started and ended poorly as Thierry Neuville crashed heavily on the first stage and team-mate Dani Sordo was forced to retire with a suspected electrical fault.

Round 2 — 62nd Rally Sweden[edit]

Round Rally name Podium finishers Statistics
Pos. No. Driver Team Time Stages Length Starters Finishers
2 Sweden 62nd Rally Sweden
(5–8 February) — Results and report
1 2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
Finland Miikka Anttila
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
3:00:31.1 (24)2a
23
(323.54 km)2b
312.22 km
39 30
2 9 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
Finland Mikko Markkula
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport II
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
3:01:24.7
3 4 Norway Mads Østberg
Sweden Jonas Andersson
France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT
(Citroën DS3 WRC)
3:01:30.6

Round 3 — 28° Rally Guanajuato México[edit]

Round Rally name Podium finishers Statistics
Pos. No. Driver Team Time Stages Length Starters Finishers
3 Mexico 28° Rally Guanajuato México
(6–9 March) — Results and report
1 1 France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
4:27:41.8 21 401.77 km 26 23
2 2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
Finland Miikka Anttila
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
4:28:54.4
3 7 Belgium Thierry Neuville
Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul
Germany Hyundai Shell World Rally Team
(Hyundai i20 WRC)
4:33:10.4

Round 4 — 48° Rally de Portugal[edit]

Round Rally name Podium finishers Statistics
Pos. No. Driver Team Time Stages Length Starters Finishers
4 Portugal 48° Rally de Portugal
(3–6 April) — Results and report
1 1 France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
3:33:20.4 16 339.46 km 84 60
2 5 Finland Mikko Hirvonen
Finland Jarmo Lehtinen
United Kingdom M-Sport WRT
(Ford Fiesta RS WRC)
3:34:03.6
3 4 Norway Mads Østberg
Sweden Jonas Andersson
France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT
(Citroën DS3 WRC)
3:34:32.8

WRC leader Sébastien Ogier was the first on the road in the first leg, but his disadvantage was decreased since in the days before the rally it rained, and the Algarve roads were a combination of dry and a little moist tracks, which led to difficulties for drivers to choose the right tire compound. Sébastien Ogier led the rally since Lisbon SSS until the last stage of the first leg (SS7), finishing behind Mikko Hirvonen (1st) and Ott Tänak. In the middle Dani Sordo was in the lead after winning SS2 and SS3 with his Hyundai i20 WRC. In the 2nd leg Sébastien Ogier imposed a demonic pace retaking the lead and quickly pulled away from a powerless Mikko Hirvonen. Mads Østberg finished in the podium last place. Dani Sordo after a promising start, retired at the beginning of the last day (due to mechanical when he was heading do start SS14) when he was in overall fourth place. This rally was marked by the high number of crashes between the top drivers: Jari-Matti Latvala, Kris Meeke, Elfyn Evans and Robert Kubica (who would crash again in 2nd leg).

Round 5 — 34° Rally Argentina[edit]

Round Rally name Podium finishers Statistics
Pos. No. Driver Team Time Stages Length Starters Finishers
5 Argentina 34° Rally Argentina
(8–11 May) — Results and report
1 2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
Finland Miikka Anttila
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
4:41:24.8 14 405.10 km 29 23
2 1 France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
4:42:51.7
3 3 United Kingdom Kris Meeke
Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle
France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT
(Citroën DS3 WRC)
4:47:19.5

Round 6 — 11° Rally d'Italia Sardegna[edit]

Round Rally name Podium finishers Statistics
Pos. No. Driver Team Time Stages Length Starters Finishers
6 Italy 11° Rally d'Italia Sardegna
(6–8 June) — Results and report
1 1 France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
4:02:37.8 17 364.54 57 39
2 4 Norway Mads Østberg
Sweden Jonas Andersson
France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT
(Citroën DS3 WRC)
4:04:00.9
3 2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
Finland Miikka Anttila
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
4:04:10.6

Round 7 — 71st Rally Poland[edit]

Round Rally name Podium finishers Statistics
Pos. No. Driver Team Time Stages Length Starters Finishers
7 Poland 71st Rally Poland
(27–29 June) — Results and report
1 1 France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
2:34:02.0 24 336,64 km 68 52
2 9 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
Norway Ola Floene
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport II
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
2:35:09.7
3 7 Belgium Thierry Neuville
Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul
Germany Hyundai Shell World Rally Team
(Hyundai i20 WRC)
2:36:15.5


Notes:

  • ^1 – The Monte Carlo Rally was shortened when a competitor stopped on Stage 14, blocking traffic and forcing organisers to abandon the stage.
  • ^2 – The Rally Sweden was shortened when a computer error disabled the timing system, preventing one of the stages from being run.

Results and standings[edit]

FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers[edit]

Points are awarded to the top ten classified finishers. There are also three bonus points awarded to the winner of the Power Stage, two points for second place and one for third.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
Pos. Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
DEU
Germany
AUS
Australia
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
Points
1 France Sébastien Ogier 12 6 11 11 21 13 11 166
2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 51 12 22 142 13 32 53 116
3 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen 7 2 19 4 4 41 22 83
4 Norway Mads Østberg 4 31 9 33 Ret 2 Ret 66
5 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ret 43 83 2 92 Ret 4 52
6 Belgium Thierry Neuville Ret 28 3 7 5 16 3 46
7 United Kingdom Kris Meeke 33 10 Ret Ret 3 18 7 38
8 United Kingdom Elfyn Evans 6 Ret 4 22 7 5 35 36
9 Czech Republic Martin Prokop Ret Ret 5 6 8 6 10 31
10 Norway Henning Solberg 7 5 7 9 24
11 France Bryan Bouffier 2 14 18
12 Poland Robert Kubica Ret 24 Ret Ret 6 8 20 12
13 Finland Juho Hänninen 19 8 Ret 6 12
14 Estonia Ott Tänak 5 15 Ret 17 21 11 10
15 Mexico Benito Guerra 6 8
16 Australia Chris Atkinson 7 6
17 Sweden Pontus Tidemand 8 11 4
18 New Zealand Hayden Paddon 12 8 4
19 Slovakia Jaroslav Melichárek 8 19 4
20 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah 9 10 Ret 3
21 Italy Lorenzo Bertelli 12 18 13 30 13 9 2
22 Italy Matteo Gamba 9 2
23 Republic of Ireland Craig Breen 9 2
24 Ukraine Yuriy Protasov 10 15 10 31 Ret 13 2
25 Finland Jari Ketomaa 12 10 21 12 1
26 United Arab Emirates Khalid Al Qassimi 16 13 10 1
 — Spain Dani Sordo Ret Ret Ret 0
Pos. Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
DEU
Germany
AUS
Australia
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)

Notes:
1 2 3 – Indicate position on Power Stage

FIA World Rally Championship for Co-Drivers[edit]

Pos. Co-driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
DEU
Germany
AUS
Australia
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
Points
1 France Julien Ingrassia 12 6 11 11 21 13 13 166
2 Finland Miikka Anttila 51 12 22 192 13 32 53 116
3 Sweden Jonas Andersson 4 31 9 31 Ret 2 Ret 66
4 Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ret 43 83 2 92 Ret 4 52
5 Finland Mikko Markkula 7 2 19 4 4 48
6 Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul Ret 28 3 7 5 16 3 46
7 Norway Ola Floene 8 11 41 22 39
8 Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle 33 10 Ret Ret 3 18 7 38
9 United Kingdom Daniel Barritt 6 Ret 4 22 7 5 35 36
10 Czech Republic Jan Tománek Ret 5 6 8 6 10 31
11 Austria Ilka Minor 7 5 7 9 24
12 France Xavier Panseri 2 14 18
13 Finland Tomi Tuominen 19 8 Ret 6 12
14 Poland Maciek Szczepaniak Ret 24 Ret Ret 6 8 20 12
15 Estonia Raigo Mõlder 5 15 Ret 17 21 11 10
16 Spain Borja Rozada 6 8
17 Belgium Stéphane Prévot 7 6
18 New Zealand John Kennard 12 8 4
19 Slovakia Erik Melichárek 8 19 4
20 Italy Giovanni Bernacchini 9 10 Ret 3
21 Italy Mitia Dotta 12 18 13 30 13 9 2
22 Italy Nicola Arena 9 26 17 19 25 29 2
23 United Kingdom Scott Martin 9 2
24 Ukraine Pavlo Cherepin 10 15 10 31 Ret 13 2
25 Finland Kaj Lindstrom 12 10 21 12 1
26 United Kingdom Chris Patterson 16 13 10 1
 — Spain Marc Martí Ret Ret Ret  —
Pos. Co-driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
DEU
Germany
AUS
Australia
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)

Notes:
1 2 3 – Indicate position on Power Stage

FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers[edit]

Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
DEU
Germany
AUS
Australia
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
Points
1 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 1 1 5 1 1 2 1 1 262
2 4 1 2 8 1 3 5
2 France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 3 2 6 Ret Ret 3 10 7 115
4 3 3 8 3 Ret 2 Ret
3 United Kingdom M-Sport World Rally Team 5 Ret 4 7 2 9 Ret 4 90
6 5 Ret 4 9 7 5 11
4 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport II 9 6 2 9 4 4 4 2 82
5 Germany Hyundai Shell World Rally Team 7 Ret 9 3 6 5 9 3 80
8 Ret 7 6 7 Ret Ret 6
6 Czech Republic Jipocar Czech National Team 29 Ret Ret 5 5 8 6 9 34
7 United Kingdom RK M-Sport World Rally Team 14 Ret 8 Ret Ret 6 7 10 19
8 Germany Hyundai Motorsport N 20 Ret 8 8 8
Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
DEU
Germany
AUS
Australia
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)

Notes:
1 2 3 – Indicate position on Power Stage

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