Xavier Pons

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Xavier Pons
Xavier Pons - 2005 Cyprus Rally.jpg
Pons at the 2005 Cyprus Rally.
Personal information
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1980-01-21) January 21, 1980 (age 34)
Vic, Spain
World Rally Championship record
Active years 2003 – Present
Teams Citroën, Mitsubishi, Subaru
Rallies 62
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums 0
Stage wins 7
Total points 51
First rally 2003 Swedish Rally

Xavier "Xevi" Pons Puigdillers (born January 21 in 1980 in Vic, Spain) is a rally driver competing in the World Rally Championship.

Pons started his racing career on motorcycles and won the Spanish national enduro championship in 1998. That same year, he competed with the Spanish junior team at the International Six Days Enduro and won the Junior World Trophy. He was part of the victorious Spanish team again in 2000. He continued riding in the Spanish enduro championship and was the runner-up in 2000 and 2001, also achieving success in the European and the World Enduro Championship.

In 2002, Pons switched to rallying, capturing the Spanish national Group N gravel title the following year. In the national asphalt championship, he finished second. He also debuted in the World Rally Championship at the 2003 Swedish Rally. In 2004, Pons competed in both the Junior World Rally Championship and the Production World Rally Championship. In the production car championship, he took two wins and finished fourth overall in the standings. In the junior class, he was ninth overall, with best placement being third at the Acropolis Rally. He also scored his first points in the World Rally Championship by finishing sixth at the Rally Australia.[1]

Pons at the 2006 Cyprus Rally.

Pons' 2005 season included 11 rallies with a World Rally Car and four with a production class rally car. Driving a Peugeot 206 WRC and a Citroën Xsara WRC, he finished in the points twice. His best result was fourth, at the Rally Catalunya. Seven points resulted in a 16th place in the overall championship.

For the 2006 season, Pons signed up for a full WRC season with Kronos Total Citroën, partnering the two-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb. By the ninth event of the season, Rallye Deutschland, he had gathered only 11 points so the team decided to replace him with Dani Sordo as the second driver to collect manufacturers' points. Pons still failed to impress the team, and when Loeb was injured and could not compete at the Rally of Turkey, Kronos hired Colin McRae to stand in. However, at Turkey, Pons finished fourth. He was then promoted to Kronos' second seat again and he went on to finish fourth in Australia and New Zealand and fifth in the final race of the season; the Wales Rally Great Britain. With 32 points, he placed seventh overall in the championship.

Pons driving his Subaru Impreza WRC at the 2007 Wales Rally GB.

Pons' best result in a world rally remains fourth, which he has achieved five times: In 2005 at the Rally Catalunya, and in 2006 at the Rally d'Italia Sardegna, Rally of Turkey, Rally Australia and Rally New Zealand.[2]

After failing to land a drive in a competitive team for the 2007 season, Pons announced that he will be withdrawing from competing in the WRC. However, he vowed to stay in shape, should an opportunity arise for 2008 or for the later 2007 season.[3] The opportunity soon came halfway through the 2007 season as the Subaru World Rally Team signed on Xevi Pons to drive a third car on the remaining events on the 2007 schedule, and contest a full schedule for Subaru in 2008 with an option for Subaru to keep his services in 2009.[4] Despite this, Pons never did return to the Subaru for 2008. Instead, he competed on Spanish national rallies.

In 2010, Pons returned to the WRC in the newly formed SWRC class, driving a Ford Fiesta S2000 for the Nupel Global Racing team.[5] He won his debut S2000 event in Rally Mexico.[6] Pons also won second S2000 event in row by winning in Jordania.[7] In both occasions, he also finished on WRC points. Pons finally won the Super 2000 World Rally Championship in 2010.[8]

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2003 Xavier Pons Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V MON SWE
52
TUR NZL ARG GRE CYP GER NC 0
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII FIN
Ret
AUS ITA FRA
Ret
ESP
15
GBR
22
2004 Xavier Pons Fiat Punto S1600 MON
Ret
CYP GRE
16
TUR
Ret
FIN
28
JPN GBR
24
ITA
Ret
19th 3
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII SWE
42
MEX
16
NZL
16
ARG
Ret
FRA
12
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII GER
15
AUS
6
Renault Clio S1600 ESP
Ret
2005 Xavier Pons Peugeot 206 WRC MON
Ret
MEX
10
ITA
Ret
JPN 15th 7
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII SWE
38
NZL
13
CYP
38
TUR
17
OMV World Rally Team Citroën Xsara WRC GRC
10
ARG
10
FIN
12
GER
9
GBR
11
FRA
7
ESP
4
AUS
Ret
2006 Kronos Total Citroën WRT Citroën Xsara WRC MON
9
SWE
7
MEX
Ret
ESP
Ret
FRA
6
ARG
17
ITA
4
GRE
8
GER
14
FIN
Ret
JPN CYP
7
TUR
4
AUS
4
NZL
4
GBR
5
7th 32
2007 Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 MON
25
SWE
Ret
NOR
16
MEX POR ARG ITA GRE 16th 4
Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 FIN
6
GER
18
NZL
Ret
ESP
9
FRA
8
JPN
35
IRE
Ret
GBR
9
2010 Nupel Global Racing Ford Fiesta S2000 SWE MEX
8
JOR
10
TUR NZL
10
POR
12
BUL FIN GER
15
JPN FRA
15
ESP GBR 15th 6
2011 RMC Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X SWE MEX POR JOR ITA ARG GRE FIN GER AUS FRA ESP
Ret
GBR NC 0

JWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 JWRC Points
2004 Xavier Pons Fiat Punto S1600 MON
Ret
GRE
3
TUR
Ret
FIN
7
GBR
5
ITA
Ret
9th 12
Renault Clio S1600 ESP
Ret

PWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 PWRC Points
2004 Xavier Pons Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII SWE
15
MEX
5
NZL
6
ARG
Ret
GER
1
FRA
1
AUS
1
4th 27
2005 Xavier Pons Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII SWE
4
NZL
1
CYP
10
TUR
4
ARG GBR JPN AUS 5th 20

† Did not score points at the 2004 Rally Australia.

SWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 SWRC Points
2010 Nupel Global Racing Ford Fiesta S2000 SWE MEX
1
JOR
1
NZL
2
POR
2
FIN GER
5
JPN FRA
4
GBR
3
1st 123

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