1996 World Rally Championship

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1996 World Rally Championship
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The 1996 World Rally Championship was the 24th season of the FIA World Rally Championship. The season consisted of 9 rallies. Following the 1995 disqualification Toyota Team Europe had been banned for one year, so only three works teams contested the championship. The drivers' world championship was won by Tommi Mäkinen in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3, ahead of Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz. The manufacturers' title was won by Subaru.

Calendar[edit]

Round Dates Race
1 9–11 February Sweden 45th International Swedish Rally
2 5–7 April Kenya 44th Safari Rally Kenya
3 10–12 May Indonesia 21st Bank Utama Rally Indonesia
4 2–4 June Greece 43rd Acropolis Rally
5 4–6 July Argentina 16th Rally Argentina
6 23–26 August Finland 46th Neste 1000 Lakes Rally Finland
7 13–16 September Australia 9th Rally Australia
8 13–16 October Italy 38th Rallye Sanremo - Rally d'Italia
9 4–6 November Spain 32nd Rally Catalunya Costa Brava - Rallye de España

Teams and drivers[edit]

Registered works teams
Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Rounds
Japan 555 Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza 555 P 1 United Kingdom Colin McRae All
2 Sweden Kenneth Eriksson All
3 France Didier Auriol 1
Italy Piero Liatti 2–9
10 Italy Piero Liatti 1
United Kingdom Ford Motor Company Ford Escort RS Cosworth M 4 Spain Carlos Sainz All
5 France François Delecour 1
Sweden Stig Blomqvist 2
United Kingdom Gwyndaf Evans 3
Belgium Bruno Thiry 4–9
6 Sweden Stig Blomqvist 1
Indonesia Dandy Rukmana 3
14 Finland Ari Vatanen 1
Japan Mitsubishi Ralliart
Japan Winfield Mitsubishi Ralliart
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3 M 7 Finland Tommi Mäkinen All
8 Sweden Kenneth Bäcklund 1
Japan Kenjiro Shinozuka 2
United Kingdom Richard Burns 3, 5, 7, 9
Germany Uwe Nittel 4
Finland Lasse Lampi 6
France Didier Auriol 8
9 Germany Uwe Nittel 1, 5, 8
Japan Yoshihiro Kataoka 3
Belgium Pascal Smets 4
Finland Jouko Puhakka 6
Australia Ed Ordynski 7
Major privateer entries
Team Constructor Car Drivers Rounds
Belgium Yacco RAS Ford Ford Escort RS Cosworth France Patrick Bernardini 4–5, 8–9
Finland Blue Rose Team Finland Jarmo Kytölehto 6, 8–9
Finland Ari Mökkonen 4
Indonesia Dolly Indra Nasution 3
Germany Mitsubishi Ralliart Germany Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3 Gr.N Germany Uwe Nittel 6–7, 9
Sweden Toyota Castrol Team Sweden
Finland Team Toyota Castrol Finland
Australia Toyota Australia
Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
Celica Turbo 4WD ST185
Sweden Thomas Rådström 1, 4, 6, 9
Kenya Ian Duncan 2
Finland Juha Kankkunen 1, 3, 6
Australia Neal Bates 7
Sweden Tomas Jansson 1
Finland Marcus Grönholm 1, 6
Celica GT-Four ST205 Gr.N Finland Teppo Leino 6
Indonesia Toyota Indonesia Celica GT-Four ST205 Indonesia Reza Pribadli 3
Belgium Toyota Belgium Celica GT-Four ST205 Belgium Freddy Loix 4, 8–9
Italy H.F. Grifone Celica GT-Four ST205 Portugal Rui Madeira 4–6, 8–9
Italy Andrea Dallavilla 6, 8
Italy Gilberto Pianezzola 4–5, 8
Italy Matteo Luise 8
Japan Tein Sport Celica Turbo 4WD ST185 Japan Yoshio Fujimoto 3, 7

Results and standings[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
INA
Indonesia
GRC
Greece
ARG
Argentina
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
 Pts 
1 Finland Tommi Mäkinen 1 1 Ret 2 1 1 1 Ret 5 123
2 United Kingdom Colin McRae 3 4 Ret 1 Ret Ret 4 1 1 92
3 Spain Carlos Sainz 2 Ret 1 3 2 Ret 3 2 Ret 89
4 Sweden Kenneth Eriksson 5 2 Ret 5 3 5 2 5 7 78
5 Italy Piero Liatti 12 5 2 4 7 DNS 7 Ret 2 56
6 Belgium Bruno Thiry 6 5 11 6 3 3 44
7 Finland Juha Kankkunen 4 3 2 37
8 Belgium Freddy Loix 7 4 4 24
9 United Kingdom Richard Burns Ret 4 5 Ret 18
10 Finland Marcus Grönholm 7 4 14
11 Italy Gilberto Pianezzola 8 6 7 13
12= Kenya Ian Duncan 3 12
12= Finland Jarmo Kytölehto 3 Ret Ret 12
14 Japan Yoshio Fujimoto 4 9 12
15 Sweden Thomas Rådström 6 Ret 6 Ret 12
16 France Patrick Bernardini 9 9 10 6 11
17 Indonesia Reza Pribadi 5 8
18 Sweden Stig Blomqvist 8 7 Ret 7
19 Portugal Rui Madeira Ret 8 9 Ret 9 7
20= Japan Kenjiro Shinozuka 6 6
20= Hong Kong Michael Lieu 6 Ret 6
20= Italy Franco Cunico 6 6
23= Japan Shigeyuki Konishi 7 25 4
23= Finland Sebastian Lindholm Ret 7 4
25 France Didier Auriol 10 8 4
26 Italy Angelo Medeghini Ret 12 10 9 10 4
27= Japan Hideaki Miyoshi 8 29 3
27= Indonesia Irvan Gading 8 3
27= Finland Lasse Lampi 8 3
27= New Zealand Peter 'Possum' Bourne 8 3
27= Spain Oriol Gómez 8 3
32= Sweden Tomas Jansson 9 2
32= Kenya Patrick Njiru 9 2
32= Indonesia Chandra Alim 9 2
35= Kenya Jonathan Toroitich 10 1
35= Indonesia Bambang Hartono 10 1
35= Monaco Jean-Pierre Richelmi 10 1
35= Germany Uwe Nittel 16 14 10 16 DSQ Ret 16 1
35= Australia Ed Ordynski 10 1
Pos Driver SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
INA
Indonesia
GRC
Greece
ARG
Argentina
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
 Pts 
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Each works team had to nominate up to three drivers 30 days before each event; only two best placed nominated drivers were eligible to score points for the manufacturers' championship.

Pos. Manufacturer No. SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
INA
Indonesia
GRE
Greece
ARG
Argentina
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
Points
1 Japan Subaru 1 3 4 Ret 1 Ret Ret 4 1 1 401
2 5 2 Ret 5 3 5 2 5 7
3 10 5 2 4 7 7 Ret 2
2 Japan Mitsubishi 7 1 1 Ret 2 1 1 1 Ret 5 322
8 14 6 Ret 14 4 8 5 8 Ret
9 Ret 10 Ret 10 Ret
3 United Kingdom Ford 4 2 Ret 1 3 2 Ret 3 2 Ret 299
5 11 7 Ret 6 5 11 6 3 3
6 8 Ret
Pos. Manufacturer No. SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
INA
Indonesia
GRE
Greece
ARG
Argentina
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Events[edit]

1996 World Rally Championship event map
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Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface
Rally Name Start-End Date Podium Drivers
(Finishing Time)
Podium Cars
45th International Swedish Rally 9–11 February
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:37m:10s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:37m:33s)
  3. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:38m:15s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  2. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  3. Subaru Impreza 555
44th Safari Rally Kenya 5–7 April
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (12h:41m:24s)
  2. Sweden Kenneth Eriksson (12h:55m:40s)
  3. Kenya Ian Duncan (13h:23m:24s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  2. Subaru Impreza 555
  3. Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
21st Bank Utama Rally Indonesia 10–12 May
  1. Spain Carlos Sainz (5h:30m:00s)
  2. Italy Piero Liatti (5h:30m:23s)
  3. Finland Juha Kankkunen (5h:31m:02s)
  1. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  2. Subaru Impreza 555
  3. Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
43rd Acropolis Rally of Greece 2–4 June
  1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (5h:33m:12s)
  2. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (5h:34m:02s)
  3. Spain Carlos Sainz (5h:36m:33s)
  1. Subaru Impreza 555
  2. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  3. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
16º Rally Argentina 4–6 July
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (5h:48m:42s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (5h:50m:17s)
  3. Sweden Kenneth Eriksson (5h:53m:21s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  2. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  3. Subaru Impreza 555
46th Neste 1000 Lakes Rally 23–26 August
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:04m:13s)
  2. Finland Juha Kankkunen (4h:04m:59s)
  3. Finland Jarmo Kytölehto (4h:06m:50s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  2. Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
  3. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
9th API Rally Australia 13–16 September
  1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:08m:50s)
  2. Sweden Kenneth Eriksson (4h:10m:07s)
  3. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:10m:11s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  2. Subaru Impreza 555
  3. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
38º Rallye Sanremo - Rallye d'Italia 13–16 October
  1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:26m:57s)
  2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:27m:19s)
  3. Belgium Bruno Thiry (4h:29m:06s)
  1. Subaru Impreza 555
  2. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  3. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
32º Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava (Rallye de España) 4–6 November
  1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:14m:20s)
  2. Italy Piero Liatti (4h:14m:27s)
  3. Belgium Bruno Thiry (4h:15m:38s)
  1. Subaru Impreza 555
  2. Subaru Impreza 555
  3. Ford Escort RS Cosworth

FIA 2 Litre World Cup For Manufacturers

Pos Manufacturer R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 SEAT (25) 60 (13) 36 46 47 46 39 274
2 Renault 36 39 53 64 - - 48 25 265
3 Skoda 39 44 - 46 35 60 (16) 40 264
4 Peugeot 46 9 54 - 9 - 40 10 168
5 General Motors Europe 43 31 11 - - - 18 - 103
6 Suzuki - - - 16 36 - - - 52
= Hyundai - - - - 21 31 - - 52
8 Daihatsu - - - - 15 35 - - 50
9 Honda 9 6 - - 8 - - 20 43
10 Nissan - - - - - - - 42 42
11 Kia - - - - - 32 - - 32
= Toyota - 1 - - 31 - - - 32
13 Renault Argentina - - - 28 - - - - 28
14 Citroën 20 - - - - - 7 - 27
15 Daewoo - - - 26 - - - - 26
16 Toyota Australia - - - - - 21 - - 21
17 Volkswagen - - 3 - - - - 15 18
18 Ford - - - - - - 15 - 15
19 Mitsubishi - - - - 14 - - - 14
20 Fiat 10 - - - - - - - 10

() Denotes dropped score

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