2001 World Rally Championship season

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The 2001 World Rally Championship season was the 29th season of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). In a tightly contested year, Subaru's Richard Burns took his first and only drivers' world title, beating Ford's Colin McRae, Mitsubishi's Tommi Mäkinen and the defending champion Marcus Grönholm of Peugeot. Peugeot successfully defended their manufacturers' title.[1]

Calendar[edit]

Round Dates Race
1 19–21 January Monaco Monte Carlo Rally
2 9–11 February Sweden Swedish Rally
3 8–11 March Portugal Rally Portugal
4 23–25 March Spain Rally Catalunya
5 3–6 May Argentina Rally Argentina
6 1–3 June Cyprus Cyprus Rally
7 15–17 June Greece Acropolis Rally
8 20–22 July Kenya Safari Rally
9 24–26 August Finland Rally Finland
10 21–23 September New Zealand Rally New Zealand
11 4–7 October Italy Rally Sanremo
12 19–21 October France Tour de Corse
13 1–4 November Australia Rally Australia
14 23–25 November United Kingdom Network Q Rally of Great Britain

Teams and drivers[edit]

Eventual champion Richard Burns driving a Subaru Impreza WRC at the 2001 Rally Finland.
Colin McRae finished runner-up in a Ford Focus RS WRC 01.
Manufacturer teams
Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Rounds
France Peugeot Total Peugeot 206 WRC M 1 Finland Marcus Grönholm All
2 France Didier Auriol All
16 France Gilles Panizzi 1, 4, 11–12
Finland Harri Rovanperä 2–3, 5–10, 13–14
19 France Gilles Panizzi 13
United Kingdom Ford Motor Co Ford Focus RS WRC 01 P 3 Spain Carlos Sainz All
4 United Kingdom Colin McRae All
17 France François Delecour 1–13
United Kingdom Mark Higgins 14
21 Italy Paolo Andreucci 11
Japan 555 Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 2001 P 5 United Kingdom Richard Burns All
6 Norway Petter Solberg All
18 Estonia Markko Märtin 1–4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
Japan Toshihiro Arai 5–6, 8, 10, 13
21 Japan Toshihiro Arai 3, 7, 11–12, 14
29 United Kingdom Neil Wearden 14
30 Austria Achim Mörtl 13
Japan Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5
Lancer WRC
M 7 Finland Tommi Mäkinen All
8 Belgium Freddy Loix All
19 Sweden Thomas Rådström 2
Japan Katsuhiko Taguchi 6
Finland Toni Gardemeister 9–10
South Korea Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai Accent WRC M 9 Italy Piero Liatti 1, 4, 11–12
Sweden Kenneth Eriksson 2–3, 5–7, 9–10, 13–14
10 United Kingdom Alister McRae 1–7, 9–14
19 Italy Piero Liatti 6, 14
20 Finland Juha Kankkunen 9
43 Norway Thomas Kolberg 2
45 Norway Kristian Kolberg 2
Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport Škoda Octavia WRC Evo2 M 11 Germany Armin Schwarz 1–9, 11–12, 14
12 Belgium Bruno Thiry 1–9, 11–12, 14
20 Czech Republic Roman Kresta 8, 11, 14
21 Sweden Stig Blomqvist 9
France Citroën Sport Citroën Xsara WRC M 14 France Philippe Bugalski 4, 7, 11–12
15 Spain Jesús Puras 4, 11–12
Sweden Thomas Rådström 7
20 France Sébastien Loeb 11
Spain SEAT Sport SEAT Córdoba WRC P 21 Spain Salvador Cañellas 4
23 Spain Marc Blázquez 3–6
24 United Kingdom Gwyndaf Evans 14
27 Germany Matthias Kahle 7
Major entries not registered as manufacturers
Team Constructor Car Drivers Rounds
Italy H.F. Grifone SRL Peugeot 206 WRC Finland Toni Gardemeister 1–2
France Gilles Panizzi 3, 6–7, 9, 14
France Simon Jean-Joseph 4, 6–7, 11
United Kingdom Neil Wearden 6, 9–10, 12
Monaco Jean-Pierre Richelmi 7
Finland Harri Rovanperä 11–12
Greece Papadimitriou Team Greece Ioannis Papadimitriou 2–3, 6–7
Portugal Peugeot Esso Silver Team SG Portugal Adruzilo Lopes 3–4
Belgium Peugeot Bastos Racing Belgium Kris Princen 3–4, 6
Belgium Grégoire de Mévius 14
Finland Peugeot Sport Finland Finland Sebastian Lindholm 9
Austria Peugeot Sport Austria Austria Raphael Sperrer 9
Italy F.P.F. Sport Italy Renato Travaglia 11
Japan Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Corolla WRC Finland Pasi Hagström 2–3, 6–7, 9, 11, 13
Denmark Henrik Lundgaard 2–3, 6–7, 11, 13
Sweden Daniel Carlsson 2–3, 9, 11
Portugal Pedro Matos Chaves 3
Germany Antony Warmbold 3, 9
Finland Jouni Ahvenlammi 9
Finland LPM Racing Finland Janne Tuohino 2, 4, 9, 13
Finland Juha Kangas 9
Saudi Arabia Toyota Team Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bakhashab 2–3, 6–7, 11, 13
Sweden Leif Asterhag Bil AB Norway Henning Solberg 2, 3, 9
Subaru Impreza WRC 14
Oman Oman Arab World Rally Team Oman Hamed Al-Wahaibi 2–3, 6–7, 9
France F.Dor Rally Team France Frédéric Dor 2–3, 6, 8
United Kingdom World Rally HIRE United Kingdom Nigel Heath 2–3, 6–7, 11, 14
Netherlands Subaru Benelux Netherlands Mark Breijer 4, 11, 14
Austria Promotor World Rally Team Austria Achim Mörtl 4, 9, 11–12
Australia Subaru Rally Team Australia Australia Possum Bourne 10, 13
Italy Procar Greece Ioannis Papadimitriou 11, 14

JWRC entries[edit]

No Entrant Drivers Co-driver Car Rounds
50 Italy Top Run Austria Manfred Stohl Austria Ilka Minor Fiat Punto S1600 4, 7, 11–12, 14
Austria Peter Müller 9
56 Italy Giandomenico Basso Italy Flavio Guglielmini 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
51 United Kingdom Ford Motor Co France Patrick Magaud France Guylène Brun Ford Puma S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
55 United Kingdom Niall McShea United Kingdom Michael Orr 4, 7
59 France Benoît Rousselot France Gilles Mondésir 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
71 Belgium François Duval Belgium Jean-Marc Fortin 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
52 Italy RxD Motorsport Italy Andrea Dallavilla Italy Danilo Fappani Fiat Punto S1600 4
Italy Massimo Chiapponi 7
Italy Giovanni Bernacchini 9, 11–12, 14
64 Italy Massimo Macaluso Italy Antonio Celot 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
53 France Citroën Sport France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën Saxo S1600 4, 7, 9, 12, 14
55 United Kingdom Niall McShea United Kingdom Michael Orr 9, 11–12, 14
54 Belgium Peugeot Bastos Racing Belgium Larry Cols Belgium Yasmine Gerard Peugeot 206 S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12
Belgium Dany Colebunders 14
57 France Team Gamma France Cédric Robert France Marie-Pierre Billoux Peugeot 206 S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12
France Gérald Bedon 14
69 France Nicolas Bernardi France Delphine Cavalier 4, 7, 11–12
France Jean-Claude Grau 9
France Bruno Brissart 14
58 Spain Pronto Racing Spain Sergio Vallejo Spain Diego Vallejo Fiat Punto S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
67 Andorra Albert Llovera Spain Marc Corral 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
60 Switzerland Chicco d'Oro Switzerland Cyril Henny Switzerland Aurore Brand Citroën Saxo S1600 4, 7
61 Italy Bluthunder Racing Italy Italy Corrado Fontana Italy Renzo Casazza Peugeot 206 S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
62 Finland ST-Motors Finland Jussi Välimäki Finland Jakke Honkanen Peugeot 206 S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
63 Norway Zeta Racing Norway Martin Stenshorne United Kingdom Clive Jenkins Ford Puma S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
65 Italy Astra Racing Paraguay Alejandro Galanti Uruguay Daniel Muzio Ford Puma S1600 4
Paraguay Fernando Zuleta 7, 9
Spain Xavier Amigó 11–12, 14
68 Italy Fiat Ceccato Italy Massimo Ceccato Italy Mitia Dotta Fiat Punto S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
72 Malaysia Saladin Rallying Malaysia Saladin Mazlan United Kingdom Timothy Sturla Fiat Punto S1600 4
Ford Puma S1600 7, 9, 11–12
Citroën Saxo S1600 14
73 Greece Fiat Auto Hellas Italy Christian Chemin Italy Matteo Alberto Bacchin Fiat Punto S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12
Italy Simone Scattolin 14

Results and standings[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
ARG
Argentina
CYP
Cyprus
GRC
Greece
KEN
Kenya
FIN
Finland
NZL
New Zealand
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 United Kingdom Richard Burns Ret 16 4 7 2 2 Ret Ret 2 1 Ret 4 2 3 44
2 United Kingdom Colin McRae Ret 9 Ret Ret 1 1 1 Ret 3 2 8 11 5 Ret 42
3 Finland Tommi Mäkinen 1 Ret 1 3 4 Ret 4 1 Ret 8 Ret Ret 6 Ret 41
4 Finland Marcus Grönholm Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 5 7 Ret 1 1 36
5 Finland Harri Rovanperä 1 Ret Ret Ret 3 2 4 3 11 7 4 2 36
6 Spain Carlos Sainz 2 3 2 5 3 3 Ret Ret 6 4 4 Ret 8 Ret 33
7 France Didier Auriol Ret Ret 8 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 3 3 3 7 23
8 France Gilles Panizzi Ret 12 2 Ret Ret 14 1 2 9 Ret 22
9 France François Delecour 3 5 5 6 7 Ret 5 4 Ret 12 6 10 Ret 15
10 Norway Petter Solberg Ret 6 Ret Ret 5 Ret 2 Ret 7 7 9 5 7 Ret 11
11 Spain Jesús Puras Ret Ret Ret 1 10
12 Germany Armin Schwarz 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 7 3 15 Ret Ret 5 9
13 Belgium Freddy Loix 6 13 Ret 4 6 5 9 5 10 11 12 12 11 Ret 9
14 France Sébastien Loeb 15 Ret 15 19 28 2 13 Ret 6
15 Sweden Thomas Rådström 2 Ret Ret 6
16 Finland Toni Gardemeister 5 4 Ret 15 5
17 United Kingdom Alister McRae 7 Ret 6 11 9 7 15 13 9 Ret 9 10 4 4
18 Japan Toshihiro Arai Ret 8 4 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 10 3
19 Estonia Markko Märtin Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 6 Ret 3
20 Italy Renato Travaglia 5 2
21 France Philippe Bugalski 14 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret 1
22 Sweden Kenneth Eriksson 8 7 Ret Ret Ret 12 10 12 6 1
23 Finland Pasi Hagström Ret 10 6 Ret 9 Ret 16 1
24 Argentina Gabriel Pozzo 12 Ret 18 10 13 13 6 26 18 23 18 1
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
ARG
Argentina
CYP
Cyprus
GRC
Greece
KEN
Kenya
FIN
Finland
NZL
New Zealand
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
AUS
Australia
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]

Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
ARG
Argentina
CYP
Cyprus
GRE
Greece
KEN
Kenya
FIN
Finland
NZL
New Zealand
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
Points
1 France Peugeot Total 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 4 1 1 106
2 Ret Ret 7 1 Ret Ret Ret 5 2 2
16 2 2 4 1 1 3 2
2 United Kingdom Ford Motor Co 3 2 2 2 5 3 3 Ret Ret 5 3 3 Ret 7 Ret 86
4 Ret 5 Ret Ret 1 1 1 Ret 3 2 4 7 4 Ret
3 Japan Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart 7 1 Ret 1 3 4 Ret 3 1 Ret 7 Ret Ret 5 Ret 69
8 4 Ret 4 6 4 5 4 6 8 9 Ret
19 1 Ret 10
4 Japan 555 Subaru World Rally Team 5 Ret 7 4 6 2 2 Ret Ret 2 1 Ret 3 2 3 66
6 Ret 3 Ret Ret 5 Ret 2 Ret 6 6 5 4 6 Ret
18 (5)
5 Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport 11 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 4 3 8 Ret Ret 5 17
12 6 6 Ret 7 Ret 6 6 Ret 9 7 Ret 8
6 South Korea Hyundai World Rally Team 9 Ret 4 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 9 Ret 5 10 6 17
10 5 Ret 5 8 7 5 7 8 Ret 6 8 4
20 Ret
Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
ARG
Argentina
CYP
Cyprus
GRE
Greece
KEN
Kenya
FIN
Finland
NZL
New Zealand
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
AUS
Australia
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)

JWRC Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver ESP
Spain
GRE
Greece
FIN
Finland
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 France Sébastien Loeb 1 1 1 1 1 50
2 Italy Andrea Dallavilla 5 2 2 1 2 Ret 30
3 United Kingdom Niall McShea Ret Ret Ret 4 4 2 12
4 Belgium Larry Cols Ret Ret 4 3 11 3 11
5 Italy Giandomenico Basso 2 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 10
6 Norway Martin Stenshorne 4 3 Ret 8 6 Ret 8
7 Belgium François Duval Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 6
8 Italy Corrado Fontana 3 Ret 5 7 Ret Ret 6
9 Finland Jussi Välimäki Ret 7 3 Ret 12 Ret 4
10 Paraguay Alejandro Galanti Ret Ret 6 12 10 4 4
11 France Patrick Magaud Ret 5 Ret 5 Ret 4
12 France Cédric Robert 7 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
13 Spain Sergio Vallejo Ret Ret Ret 6 5 Ret 3
14 Malaysia Saladin Mazlan Ret 8 Ret 11 Ret 5 2
15 Italy Massimo Ceccato Ret 6 Ret Ret 9 6 2
16 Italy Christian Chemin 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 1
Pos Driver ESP
Spain
GRE
Greece
FIN
Finland
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
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]

Rally name Start-end date Podium drivers
(Finishing time)
Podium cars
69ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 19 January-21 January
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:38m:04.3s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:39m:05.1s)
  3. France François Delecour (4h:40m:09.6s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6.5
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
50th International Swedish Rally 9 February-11 February
  1. Finland Harri Rovanperä (3h:27m:01.1s)
  2. Sweden Thomas Rådström (3h:27m:29.0s)
  3. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:27m:38.1s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo 6.5
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
35º TAP Rallye de Portugal 8 March-11 March
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:46m:42.1s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:46m:50.7s)
  3. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:49m:37.7s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6.5
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
37º Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava (Rallye de España) 23 March-25 March
  1. France Didier Auriol (3h:40m:54.7s)
  2. France Gilles Panizzi (3h:41m:17.9s)
  3. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:41m:56.1s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6.5
21º Rally Argentina 3 May-6 May
  1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:18m:25.3s)
  2. United Kingdom Richard Burns (4h:18m:52.2s)
  3. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:20m:11.7s)
  1. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
29th Cyprus Rally 1 June-3 June
  1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (5h:07m:32.7s)
  2. United Kingdom Richard Burns (5h:07m:49.1s)
  3. Spain Carlos Sainz (5h:07m:59.2s)
  1. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
48th Acropolis Rally 15 June-17 June
  1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:19m:01.9s)
  2. Norway Petter Solberg (4h:19m:50.9s)
  3. Finland Harri Rovanperä (4h:20m:37.6s)
  1. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
49th Safari Rally Kenya 20 July-22 July
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (8h:58m:37s)
  2. Finland Harri Rovanperä (9h:11m:14s)
  3. Germany Armin Schwarz (9h:16m:12s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6.5
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Škoda Octavia WRC
51st Neste Rally Finland 24 August-26 August
  1. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:23m:12.8s)
  2. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:23m:37.8s)
  3. United Kingdom Colin McRae (3h:23m:45.1s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
31st Propecia Rally New Zealand 21 September-23 September
  1. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:47m:28.0s)
  2. United Kingdom Colin McRae (3h:48m:12.6s)
  3. Finland Harri Rovanperä (3h:48m:18.1s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
43º Rallye Sanremo - Rallye d'Italia 5 October-7 October
  1. France Gilles Panizzi (4h:05m:49.5s)
  2. France Sébastien Loeb (4h:06m:00.9s)
  3. France Didier Auriol (4h:06m:44.4s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Citroen Xsara WRC
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
45ème Tour de Corse - Rallye de France 19 October-21 October
  1. Spain Jesús Puras (3h:58m:35.5s)
  2. France Gilles Panizzi (3h:58m:53.0s)
  3. France Didier Auriol (3h:59m:47.4s)
  1. Citroen Xsara WRC
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
14th Telstra Rally Australia 1 November-4 November
  1. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:17m:01.3s)
  2. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:17m:41.7s)
  3. France Didier Auriol (3h:18m:21.4s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
57th Network Q Rally of Great Britain 22 November-25 November
  1. Finland Marcus Grönholm (3h:23m:44.8s)
  2. Finland Harri Rovanperä (3h:26m:11.9s)
  3. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:27m:00.2s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burns crowned World Rally champion". RTÉ. 25 November 2001. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to 2001 in World Rally Championship at Wikimedia Commons