Jänner Rallye

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Franz Wittmann, Sr. at the 1984 event

The Jänner Rallye, also known as the Internationale Jänner Rallye, is an international rally racing event based in Freistadt in northern Austria. The event is the season opening round of the European Rally Championship, the Austrian Rally Championship and the Czech Rally Championship. Translated from German the name means January Rally. The mid-winter calendar position means the rally is frequently snow-bound with the surface a mix of ice and ashpalt.

First run in 1969 as the Casino Rallye, it quickly became a feature of the Austrian championship and soon joined the European championship although only in the lower co-efficient category. Achim Warmbold became the first multiple winner of the event in 1973, but Franz Wittmann, Sr. came to dominate the rally. He won the rally nine times in a ten-year period from 1975 to 1984, including six straight wins in Audis as the 4WD era dawned.

The rally ended in 1986 because of environmental concerns. The rally returned in 2000 and in 2003 Wittman won the rally for a tenth time. In recent times honours have been shared between Austrian and Czech drivers, reflecting the dual national championship status the rally has acquired. Raimund Baumschlager, Václav Pech, Jr. and Jan Kopecký have claimed multiple victories.

In 2012, the rally rejoined the European Championship after having dropped out with the demise of the co-efficient system in 2004. The rally replaced the ELPA Rally in Greece which had been cancelled in 2011.

List of winners[edit]

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Year Winner Car
1969 W. Weiner Citroën DS 19
1970 West Germany Helmut Bein BMW 2002
1971 West Germany Rudolf Müller BMW 2002
1972 West Germany Achim Warmbold Opel Ascona
1973 West Germany Achim Warmbold Volkswagen 1302S
1974 not held
1975 Austria Franz Wittmann, Sr. BMW 2002
1976 Austria Franz Wittmann, Sr. Opel Kadett C
1977 Austria Franz Wittmann, Sr. Opel Kadett C
1978 Austria Beppo Sulc Volkswagen 1302S
1979 Austria Franz Wittmann, Sr. Porsche Carrera
1980 Austria Franz Wittmann, Sr. Audi 80 GTE
1981 Austria Franz Wittmann, Sr. Audi Quattro
1982 Austria Franz Wittmann, Sr. Audi Quattro
1983 Austria Franz Wittmann, Sr. Audi Quattro A1
1984 Austria Franz Wittmann, Sr. Audi Quattro A2
1985 Austria Wilfried Wiedner Audi Quattro A2
1986 Austria Georg Fischer Audi 80 Quattro
1987
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1999
not held
2000 Austria Felix Pailer Lancia Delta Integrale 16V
2001 Austria Herwig Hüfinger Mazda 323 4WD
2002 Germany Hermann Gassner Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo VI
2003 Austria Franz Wittmann, Sr. Toyota Corolla WRC
2004 Austria Raimund Baumschlager Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo V
2005 Czech Republic Václav Pech, Jr. Ford Focus RS WRC
2006 Austria Raimund Baumschlager Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII
2007 Czech Republic Václav Pech, Jr. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2008 Czech Republic Václav Pech, Jr. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2009 Austria Raimund Baumschlager Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2010 not held
2011 Austria Beppo Harrach Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2012 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000
2013 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000
2014 Poland Robert Kubica Ford Fiesta RRC

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