1973 Monte Carlo Rally

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42nd Auto Rally of Monte-Carlo
42ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo
Round 1 of the 1973 WRC for Manufacturers
Host country  Monaco
Dates run January 19, 1973 – January 29, 1973
Stages 18 (420 km; 260 mi)
Stage surface Tarmac
Overall distance 4,800 km (3,000 mi)
Results
Overall winner France Jean-Claude Andruet
Crews 278 at start, 44 at finish

The 1973 Monte Carlo Rally was the 42nd running of the Monte Carlo Rally, one of the world's oldest and most well-known automobile rallies. Run in late January and hosted in the principality of Monaco, the 1973 rally was notable for being the first rally on the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA) new World Rally Championship (WRC) inaugural season, making it the first ever WRC event to be held.

At this time, the Monte-Carlo rally was structured as a concentration rally, with teams beginning competition in some nine different cities, with the first objective of the rally being to reach Monte Carlo, followed by two legs of competitive special stages around Monaco and southeastern France. Traditionally run on tarmac roads commonly covered in snow and ice, especially at higher altitudes, bad weather did force cancellation of two special stages in 1973.

In 1973, and for several years afterward, only manufacturers were given points for finishes in WRC events. Alpine Renault dominated the event, a portent of their further success during the season with their Alpine-Renault A110 1800 car. They would take all three podium positions and five of the top six places.

Results[edit]

1973 42ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo final results
Finish Total
time
Group Car # Driver Car Mfr.
points
Overall In
group
1 1 5:42.04 4 18 France Jean-Claude Andruet Alpine-Renault A110 1800 20
2 2 5:42.30 4 15 Sweden Ove Andersson Alpine-Renault A110 1800
3 3 5:43.39 4 21 France Jean-Pierre Nicolas Alpine-Renault A110 1800
4 1 5:44.29 2 20 Finland Hannu Mikkola Ford Escort RS1600 10
5 4 5:46.01 4 4 France Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine-Renault A110 1800
6 5 5:46.02 4 23 France Jean-Francois Piot Alpine-Renault A110 1800
7 6 5:52.14 4 5 Italy Raffaele Pinto Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye 4
8 7 5:52.15 4 16 Sweden Harry Källström Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF 3
9 8 5:55.47 4 17 United Kingdom Tony Fall Datsun 240Z 2
10 9 5:57.08 4 1 France Bernard Darniche Alpine-Renault A110 1800
11 2 5:57.51 2 3 Finland Timo Mäkinen Ford Escort RS1600
12 3 6:02.36 2 30 Sweden Lillebror Nasenius Opel Ascona A
13 4 6:05.37 2 44 Sweden Anders Kulläng Opel Ascona A
14 10 6:06.37 4 36 France Bob Wollek Alpine-Renault A110 1800
15 5 6:10.57 2 7 France Jean Ragnotti Renault 12 Gordini
16 6 6:11.20 2 12 United Kingdom Chris Sclater Ford Escort RS1600
17 7 6:11.31 2 46 Germany Reinhard Hainbach BMW 2002 TI
18 11 6:14.43 4 10 Finland Rauno Aaltonen Datsun 240Z
19 1 6:15.33 1 24 France Gérard Larrousse Alfa Romeo 2000GTV
20 8 6:18.22 2 79 France Patrick Tambay Renault 12 Gordini
21 9 6:19.08 2 34 France Bernard Fiorentino Simca Rallye 2
22 1 6:21.25 3 33 France Jacques Henry Alpine-Renault A110 1800
23 12 6:23.33 4 39 France Claude Ballot-Léna Alpine-Renault A110 1800
24 2 6:29.17 2 27 France Gye Chasseuil BMW 2002 TI
25 3 6:30.19 1 31 France Henri Gréder Opel Ascona SR
26 4 6:32.31 1 43 France Jean-Claude Lagniez Alfa Romeo 2000GTV
27 13 6:32.40 4 211 Austria Klaus Russling Alpine-Renault A110 1600
28 10 6:34.26 2 52 Sweden Sylvia Österberg Opel Ascona A
29 11 6:47.18 2 83 Netherlands Bert Dolk Opel Ascona
30 12 6:48.27 2 32 France Claude Laurent DAF 66
31 13 6:57.36 2 51 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jovica Palikovic Renault 12 Gordini
32 2 6:58.58 3 49 France Alex Vineis Alpine-Renault A110 1600
33 14 7:05.59 2 54 Germany Joachim Springer Opel Ascona
34 3 7:07.42 3 69 France Marianne Hoepfner Alpine-Renault A110 1600
35 15 7:14.57 2 41 Poland Robert Mucha Polski Fiat 125p
36 16 7:17.39 2 76 Luxembourg Aloyse Kridel BMW 2002 TI
37 17 7:18.00 2 91 Sweden Anders Sigurdsson Saab 96 V4
38 18 7:24.55 2 25 East Germany Peter Hommel Wartburg 353
39 19 7:39.12 2 53 Poland Adam Smorawiński BMW 2002
40 14 7:41.06 4 14 Italy Franco Perazio Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF
41 20 8:17.38 2 81 Poland Marian Bień Polski Fiat 125p
42 4 8:18.14 3 63 Italy Serena Pittoni Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF
43 5 8:58.54 1 65 France Depnic Simca 1100S
44 21 9:09.14 2 74 Sweden Bertil Johansson Opel Ascona
45 22 Retired* 2 22 Germany Walter Röhrl Opel Commodore GS/E
46 5 Retired* 3 75 Germany Manfred Gudladt Porsche 911S
47 15 Retired* 4 29 United Kingdom Pat Moss-Carlsson Alpine-Renault A110 1800
48 16 Retired* 4 37 Germany Hans-Joachim Walter Porsche 911S
49 6 Retired* 1 72 Germany Friedrich-Karl Tuschy Fiat 128 Coupé
50 7 Retired* 1 66 Italy Giorgio Pianta Opel Ascona
51 23 Retired* 2 60 Monaco Michel Robini Audi 80
Retired 4 2 Sweden Björn Waldegård Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye
Retired 4 6 Finland Simo Lampinen Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF
Retired 4 8 Italy Alcide Paganelli Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye
Retired 4 11 Italy Sandro Munari Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF
Retired 4 14 Italy Sergio Barbasio Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye
Retired 4 19 Italy Amilcare Ballestrieri Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF
Retired 2 28 France Marie-Claude Beaumont Opel Ascona
Retired 3 40 France Christine Dacremont Alpine-Renault A110 1600
Retired 4 42 Germany Dieter Kern Alpine-Renault A110 1800
Retired 2 45 Germany Klaus Fritzinger Ford Capri 2600
Retired 2 48 Belgium Chris Teulinckx Opel Ascona
Retired 3 55 France Michel Jullien Alpine-Renault A110 1600
Retired 3 57 France Jean-Charles Sévelinge Alpine-Renault A110 1600
Retired 3 62 France Thierry Sabine Alpine-Renault A110 1600
Retired 2 70 Germany Hans Schüller Renault 12 Gordini
Retired 2 77 Poland Andrzej Jaroszewicz Polski Fiat 125p
Retired 1 78 Italy Alberto Brambilla Opel Ascona SR
Retired 2 81 Poland Maciej Stawowiak Polski Fiat 125p
Retired 1 95 Italy Leo Pittoni Fiat 124
Retired 3 109 France Christian Dorche Alpine-Renault A110 1600
Retired 3 127 Germany Horst Rack Porsche 911S
Retired 128 United Kingdom Ronald Hancock Ford Escort
Retired 2 147 Germany Klaus Miersch Opel Ascona
Retired 2 149 France Bruno Saby Renault 12 Gordini
Retired 1 153 Monaco Jean Taibi Peugeot 304S
Retired 4 173 France Georges Develay Alpine-Renault A110 1800
Retired 195 United Kingdom Mike Dodds BMC Mini Cooper
Retired 202 United Kingdom Mike Clarke Ford Escort
Retired 2 203 Germany Eckhard Schimpf Germany
Retired 212 United Kingdom Tony Maslen Ford Escort
Retired 4 215 France Jean-Claude Lefèbvre Alpine-Renault A110 1600
Retired 2 229 Spain Salvador Servià SEAT 127
Retired 230 United Kingdom Clive Roberts Ford Escort
Retired 2 255 Germany Wolfgang Stiller BMW 2002
Retired 265 Germany Wolf Giese Opel Ascona SR
Retired 1 274 Germany Friedhelm Gaupp Opel Kadett Rallye
Retired 2 277 Germany Jochi Kleint Ford Capri 2600
Retired 3 310 France Christian Lorang Alpine-Renault A110 1600
* - Note: 7 teams retired during the final leg, but were still officially included in the final race classifications.

Itinerary[edit]

Stages of the 42ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo
Leg Stage Start time Stage name Distance Winning driver Time Avg. Speed Rally leader
1
(21 Jan)
SS1 15:00 Col du Corobin 17.00 km Sandro Munari
Hannu Mikkola
13 m : 29 s 75.65 km/h Sandro Munari
2
(23 Jan)
SS2 10:36 Pont des Miolans 26.00 km Jean-Claude Andruet
Jean-Luc Therier
19 m : 13 s 81.18 km/h Hannu Mikkola
SS3 13:49 Laborel 20.00 km Hannu Mikkola 15 m : 45 s 76.19 km/h
SS4 17:11 Burzet 50.00 km Jean-Claude Andruet 38 m : 10 s 78.60 km/h Jean-Claude Andruet
SS5 19:22 Le Moulinon 38.00 km Bernard Darniche 27 m : 46 s 82.11 km/h
SS6 21:46 St. Bonnet le Froid 20.00 km Sandro Munari 14 m : 51 s 80.81 km/h
SS7 23:55 St. Jean-en-Royan 36.00 km Jean-Claude Andruet 27 m : 37 s 78.21 km/h
2
(24 Jan)
SS8 03:28 St. Barthelemy 40.00 km Bernard Darniche 30 m : 55 s 77.63 km/h
SS9 06:14 Savines 20.00 km Bernard Darniche 14 m : 43 s 81.54 km/h
SS10 11:10 Col de la Porte 18.25 km Cancelled
SS11 11:31 La Cabanette 18.25 km Cancelled
3
(25 Jan)
SS12 19:00 Col de la Madone - Col Banquettes 18.00 km Ove Andersson 15 m : 22 s 70.28 km/h
SS13 20:13 Le Moulinet - La Bollene 23.00 km Harry Kallstrom 21 m : 50 s 63.21 km/h
SS14 21:27 St. Sauveur - Beuil 1 24.00 km Timo Makinen 18 m : 40 s 77.14 km/h
SS15 23:56 La Bollene - Le Moulinet 1 23.00 km Jean-François Piot 21 m : 34 s 63.99 km/h Ove Andersson
3
(26 Jan)
SS16 02:33 St. Sauveur - Beuil 2 24.00 km Jean-Claude Andruet
Jean-Pierre Nicolas
18 m : 24 s 78.26 km/h
SS17 05:02 La Bollene - Le Moulinet 2 23.00 km Timo Makinen 21 m : 26 s 64.39 km/h Jean-Claude Andruet
SS18 06:20 Col Banquettes - Col de la Modene 18.00 km Jean-Claude Andruet 15 m : 11 s 71.13 km/h

Championship standings[edit]

1973 World Rally Championship for Manufacturers points standings after round 1
After round 1 Team Season end
Position Points Position Points
1 20 France Alpine Renault 1 147
2 10 United States Ford 3 76
3 4 Italy Fiat 2 84
4 3 Italy Lancia 13 17
5 2 Japan Datsun 6 34

See also[edit]