List of World Rally Championship Drivers' champions

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Sébastien Loeb, who has won the World Drivers' Championship a record nine times.
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The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series administrated by Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motorsport's world governing body.[1] The series currently consists of 13 three-day events driven on surfaces that range from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Each rally is split into 15–25 special stages, which are run against the clock on closed roads. The WRC was formed from well-known and popular international rallies, most of which had previously been part of the European Rally Championship and/or the International Championship for Manufacturers; the series was first contested in 1973.[2] The drivers' championship was first awarded in 1977 and 1978 as an FIA Cup for Drivers title, to Sandro Munari and Markku Alén, respectively. The first official world champion in rallying was Björn Waldegård in 1979.[3]

Each season normally consists of 12 to 16 rallies driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Points from these events are calculated towards the drivers' and manufacturers' world championships. The driver's championship and manufacturer's championship are separate championships, but are based on the same point system. In the current points system, points are awarded at the end of each rally to the top ten WRC (overall), junior and production car drivers that qualify as follows: 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1. Despite how many drivers are in one team, constructors can only nominate two drivers to score points for the team as well as scoring for themselves.[4]

Sébastien Loeb holds the record for the most drivers' championships, winning nine during his career.[5] He also holds the record for the most championships won in a row; he won nine consecutive titles from 2004 to 2012.[6] Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Mäkinen are second with four championships each; Mäkinen won four championships in a row from 1996 to 1999.[7] Finland has won the most titles, with 14 championships between 7 drivers. Citroën cars have won the most drivers' championships with nine titles, all of them with Loeb.

Petter Solberg won the World Rally Championship in 2003.

Key[edit]

Podiums The number of times the champion finished in the top three in a rally
Margin The margin of points by which the champion defeated the runner-up(s)

Winners[edit]

By season[edit]

List of World Rally Championship Drivers' champions
Season Country Driver Car Wins Podiums Points[A] Margin
1977  Italy Munari, SandroSandro Munari[B] Lancia Stratos HF 3 4 31 1
1978  Finland Alén, MarkkuMarkku Alén[B][C] Fiat 131 Abarth 4 8 52 21
1979  Sweden Waldegård, BjörnBjörn Waldegård[D] Ford Escort RS1800 2 7 112 1
1980  West Germany Röhrl, WalterWalter Röhrl Fiat 131 Abarth 4 6 118 54
1981  Finland Vatanen, AriAri Vatanen Ford Escort RS1800 3 5 96 7
1982  West Germany Röhrl, WalterWalter Röhrl Opel Ascona 400 2 8 109 12
1983  Finland Mikkola, HannuHannu Mikkola Audi Quattro A1/A2 4 7 125 23
1984  Sweden Blomqvist, StigStig Blomqvist Audi Quattro A2/Sport Quattro 5 6 125 21
1985  Finland Salonen, TimoTimo Salonen Peugeot 205 T16/E2 5 8 127 52
1986  Finland Kankkunen, JuhaJuha Kankkunen Peugeot 205 T16 E2 3 6 118 14
1987  Finland Kankkunen, JuhaJuha Kankkunen Lancia Delta HF 4WD 2 5 100 6
1988  Italy Biasion, MikiMiki Biasion Lancia Delta HF 4WD
Lancia Delta Integrale
5 6 115 29
1989  Italy Biasion, MikiMiki Biasion Lancia Delta Integrale
Lancia Delta Integrale 16V
5 5 106 41
1990  Spain Sainz, CarlosCarlos Sainz Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165 4 9 140 45
1991  Finland Kankkunen, JuhaJuha Kankkunen Lancia Delta Integrale 16V 5 7 150 7
1992  Spain Sainz, CarlosCarlos Sainz Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD 4 8 144 10
1993  Finland Kankkunen, JuhaJuha Kankkunen Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD 5 7 135 23
1994  France Auriol, DidierDidier Auriol Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD 3 6 116 17
1995  United Kingdom McRae, ColinColin McRae Subaru Impreza 555 2 5 90 5
1996  Finland Mäkinen, TommiTommi Mäkinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III 5 6 123 31
1997  Finland Mäkinen, TommiTommi Mäkinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV 4 9 63 1
1998  Finland Mäkinen, TommiTommi Mäkinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
5 7 58 2
1999  Finland Mäkinen, TommiTommi Mäkinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI 4 7 62 7
2000  Finland Grönholm, MarcusMarcus Grönholm Peugeot 206 WRC 4 7 65 5
2001  United Kingdom Burns, RichardRichard Burns Subaru Impreza WRC 2001 1 6 44 2
2002  Finland Grönholm, MarcusMarcus Grönholm Peugeot 206 WRC 5 9 77 40
2003  Norway Solberg, PetterPetter Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC 2003 4 7 72 1
2004  France Loeb, SébastienSébastien Loeb Citroën Xsara WRC 6 12 118 36
2005  France Loeb, SébastienSébastien Loeb Citroën Xsara WRC 10 13 127 56
2006  France Loeb, SébastienSébastien Loeb Citroën Xsara WRC 8 12 112 1
2007  France Loeb, SébastienSébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 8 13 116 4
2008  France Loeb, SébastienSébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 11 13 122 19
2009  France Loeb, SébastienSébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 7 9 93 1
2010  France Loeb, SébastienSébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 8 13 276 105
2011  France Loeb, SébastienSébastien Loeb Citroën DS3 WRC 5 9 222 8
2012  France Loeb, SébastienSébastien Loeb Citroën DS3 WRC 9 10 270 57
2013  France Ogier, SébastienSébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC 9 11 290 114

By driver[edit]

Nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb and his co-driver Daniel Elena
Tommi Mäkinen won four World Rally Championships.
List of World Rally Championship Drivers' Champions by driver
Driver Total Seasons
France Loeb, SébastienSébastien Loeb 9 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Finland Kankkunen, JuhaJuha Kankkunen 4 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993
Finland Mäkinen, TommiTommi Mäkinen 4 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Germany Röhrl, WalterWalter Röhrl 2 1980, 1982
Italy Biasion, MikiMiki Biasion 2 1988, 1989
Spain Sainz, CarlosCarlos Sainz 2 1990, 1992
Finland Grönholm, MarcusMarcus Grönholm 2 2000, 2002
Italy Munari, SandroSandro Munari 1 1977
Finland Alén, MarkkuMarkku Alén 1 1978
Sweden Waldegård, BjörnBjörn Waldegård 1 1979
Finland Vatanen, AriAri Vatanen 1 1981
Finland Mikkola, HannuHannu Mikkola 1 1983
Sweden Blomqvist, StigStig Blomqvist 1 1984
Finland Salonen, TimoTimo Salonen 1 1985
France Auriol, DidierDidier Auriol 1 1994
United Kingdom McRae, ColinColin McRae 1 1995
United Kingdom Burns, RichardRichard Burns 1 2001
Norway Solberg, PetterPetter Solberg 1 2003
France Ogier, SébastienSébastien Ogier 1 2013

By nationality[edit]

Marcus Grönholm, the seventh Finnish world champion
List of World Rally Championship Drivers' Champions by nationality
Country Drivers Total
 Finland 7 14
 France 3 11
 Italy 2 3
 United Kingdom 2 2
 Sweden 2 2
 West Germany 1 2
 Spain 1 2
 Norway 1 1

By constructor[edit]

Markku Alén driving a Lancia Delta HF 4WD in 1987. Rally versions of the Delta brought Lancia four drivers' titles.
List of World Rally Championship Drivers' champions by constructor
Constructor Total
France Citroën 9
Italy Lancia 5
Japan Toyota 4
Japan Mitsubishi 4
France Peugeot 4
Japan Subaru 3
Italy Fiat 2
United States Ford 2
West Germany Audi 2
West Germany Opel 1
West Germany Volkswagen 1

Notes[edit]

A. ^ Until 1997, only a certain number (seven, eight or nine) of a driver's best results counted towards the championship. The points column lists the points counted in the championship.[8]

B. a b In 1977 and 1978, the drivers' championships was the FIA Cup for Drivers.[9]

C. ^ Alén drove a Lancia Stratos HF at the Rallye Sanremo and at the Lombard RAC Rally.[10]

D. ^ Waldegård drove a Mercedes 450 SLC 5.0 at the endurance rallies; the Safari Rally and the Rallye Côte d'Ivoire.[11]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "About FIA". FIA. Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "What is WRC?". World Rally Championship. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "The WRC's greatest drivers". World Rally Championship. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers" (PDF). FIA. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Loeb clinches eighth title". Sky Sports. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hirvonen's exit hands eighth straight world title to Loeb". CNN. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "WRC’s Greatest Drivers – day 12". World Rally Championship. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "1997 – Subaru". Subaru. Retrieved 10 December 2008. 
  9. ^ Hope-Frost, Henry; John Davenport (2004). The Complete Book of the World Rally Championship. MotorBooks/MBI Publishing Company. p. 13. ISBN 0-7603-1954-5. 
  10. ^ Hope-Frost 2004, pp. 13–14
  11. ^ "Björn Waldegård". Rally Base. Retrieved 10 December 2008. 

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