1977 World Rally Championship season

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1977 World Rally Championship season
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The 1977 World Rally Championship season was the fifth season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) World Rally Championship (WRC). The schedule was expanded by one event to 11, with some changes to the locations visited. Morocco was dropped from the schedule while new rallies were introduced in Quebec and New Zealand.

Due to internal politics within the company, Lancia failed to mount a significant effort to capture a fourth consecutive Championship. Instead, corporate partner Fiat led the fight against Ford, ultimately triumphing in a tightly contested battle that lasted most of the year.

From 1973 to 1978, the WRC only awarded a championship for manufacturers. Scoring was modified in 1977 to a more complex system including points both for overall and group placement. A car would still have to place in the overall top 10 to score points.

In addition to the Championship for Manufacturers, the FIA began awarding the FIA Cup for Rally Drivers. A total of 20 events were part of this series, including all rallies of the WRC, the five coefficient 4 rallies from the European Championship and four FIA Special Events. Only the best 8 results were counted towards the title: five WRC rallies, two ERC rallies and one Special Event.


Events[edit]

Map[edit]

1977 World Rally Championship event map
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Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface

Schedule and results[edit]

1977 World Rally Championship schedule and results
Rally Dates run Podium Drivers (Finishing Time) Podium Cars
Monaco
45ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo
22–28 January
  1. Italy Sandro Munari (6h:36m:13s)
  2. France Jean-Claude Andruet (6h:38m:29s)
  3. Spain Antonio Zanini (6h:47m:07s)
  1. Lancia Stratos HF
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Seat 124D Especial 1800
Sweden
27th International Swedish Rally
11–13 February
  1. Sweden Stig Blomqvist (8h:02m:17s)
  2. Sweden Bror Danielsson (8h:08m:19s)
  3. Sweden Anders Kulläng (8h:08m:32s)
  1. Saab 99 EMS
  2. Opel Kadett GT/E
  3. Opel Kadett GT/E
Portugal
10o Rallye de Portugal Vinho do Porto
1–6 March
  1. Finland Markku Alén (6h:51m:47s)
  2. Sweden Björn Waldegård (6h:55m:43s)
  3. Sweden Ove Andersson (6h:56m:08s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Toyota Celica 2000GT
Kenya
25th Safari Rally
7–11 April
  1. Sweden Björn Waldegård (+11m:05s penalties)
  2. Finland Rauno Aaltonen (+11m:40s penalties)
  3. Italy Sandro Munari (+13m:14s penalties)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Datsun 160J
  3. Lancia Stratos HF
New Zealand
8th South Pacific Rally
1–7 May
  1. Italy Fulvio Bacchelli (24h:29m:55s)
  2. Finland Ari Vatanen (24h:31m:29s)
  3. Finland Markku Alén (24h:51m:54s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Fiat 131 Abarth
Greece
24th Acropolis Rally
28 May–3 June
  1. Sweden Björn Waldegård (9h:31m:57s)
  2. United Kingdom Roger Clark (9h:37m:44s)
  3. Sweden Harry Källström (9h:47m:19s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Datsun 160J
Finland
27th 1000 Lakes Rally
26–28 August
  1. Finland Kyösti Hämäläinen (4h:26m:06s)
  2. Finland Timo Salonen (4h:30m:31s)
  3. Sweden Björn Waldegård (4h:36m:22s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Ford Escort RS1800
Canada
5ème Critérium Molson du Québec
14–18 September
  1. Finland Timo Salonen (5h:13m:54s)
  2. Finland Simo Lampinen (5h:18m:31s)
  3. United Kingdom Roger Clark (5h:20m:56s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Ford Escort RS1800
Italy
19o Rallye Sanremo
4–8 October
  1. France Jean Claude Andruet (10h:27m:43s)
  2. Italy Maurizio Verini (10h:29m:40s)
  3. Italy 'Tony' (10h:36m:30s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Fiat 131 Abarth
France
21ème Tour de Corse
5–6 November
  1. France Bernard Darniche (8h:13m:40s)
  2. Italy Raffaele Pinto (8h:17m:07s)
  3. Italy Fulvio Bacchelli (8h:24m:07s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Lancia Stratos HF
  3. Fiat 131 Abarth
United Kingdom
26th Lombard RAC Rally
20–24 November
  1. Sweden Björn Waldegård (8h:21m:26s)
  2. Finland Hannu Mikkola (8h:23m:49s)
  3. United Kingdom Russell Brookes (8h:31m:55s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Toyota Celica 2000GT
  3. Ford Escort RS1800

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

1977 World Rally Championship for Manufacturers
Rank Manufacturer Event Total
points
Monaco
MON
Sweden
SWE
Portugal
POR
Kenya
KEN
New Zealand
NZL
Greece
GRC
Finland
FIN
Italy
ITA
Canada
CAN
France
FRA
United Kingdom
GBR
1 ItalyFiat 16 14 18 - 18 (12) 16 18 18 18 (6) 136
2 United StatesFord - 14 16 18 16 18 18 14 (10) - 18 132
3 JapanToyota - 10 14 - 8 - 12 8 - - 16 68
4 GermanyOpel 9 17 13 - - 4 8 - 13 - 1 65
5 ItalyLancia 18 - - 14 - - - - 12 16 - 60
6 JapanDatsun - - - 16 - 14 - 10 - - - 40
7 GermanyPorsche 14 - 4 - - - - - 9 8 - 35
8 SwedenSaab - 18 - - - - - 10 - - 2 30
9 JapanMitsubishi - - - 12 3 - - 13 - - - 28
10 United StatesChrysler - - - - - 10 14 - - - - 24
11 FranceRenault - - - - - 7 - - 11 - - 18
12 United KingdomBritish Leyland Cars - - - - - - - 12 - - 4 16
13 FrancePeugeot - - - 6 - - - - - 9 - 15
14 SpainSEAT 14 - - - - - - - - - - 14
15 FranceCitroën - - - - - 13 - - - - - 13
16= FranceAlpine-Renault 10 - - - - - - - - - - 10
16= JapanMazda - - - - 10 - - - - - - 10
18 SwedenVolvo - 8 - - - - - - - - - 8
19= CzechoslovakiaŠkoda - - - - - - 7 - - - - 7
19= ItalyAlfa Romeo - - - - - - - - 7 - - 7
21 Soviet UnionLada - 4 - - - - - - - - - 4
1977 World Rally Championship point awards
Overall
finish
Group finish
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 18 - - - - - - - - -
2 17 16 - - - - - - - -
3 16 15 14 - - - - - - -
4 15 14 13 12 - - - - - -
5 14 13 12 11 10 - - - - -
6 13 12 11 10 9 8 - - - -
7 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 - - -
8 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 - -
9 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 -
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1

Cup for drivers[edit]

1977 FIA Cup for Rally Drivers
Rank Driver Monaco
MON
Finland
FIN
Sweden
SWE
Portugal
POR
Kenya
KEN
New Zealand
NZL
Greece
GRC
Italy
ITA
South Africa
RSA
Poland
POL
Finland
FIN
Italy
ITA
Canada
CAN
France
FRA
Italy
ITA
Australia
AUS
Spain
ESP
France
FRA
United Kingdom
GBR
Ivory Coast
CIV
Total
1 Italy Sandro Munari 9 - - - 4 - - - 9 - - 9 - - - - - - - - 31
2 Sweden Björn Waldegård - - - 6 (9)[a] - 9 - - - 4 - - - 2 - - - 9 - 30
3 France Bernard Darniche - - - - - - - - - 9 - - - 9 - - - 9 - - 27
  European Rally Championship events
  FIA Special Events
  • a Waldegård had to drop one of his best results in WRC events because he didn't take part in at least one ERC event, as provided by the regulations.

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