2001 Race of Champions

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2001 Race of Champions
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The 2001 Race of Champions took place on December 7 to 9 at Gran Canaria. It was the 14th running of the event, and the 10th running at Gran Canaria. There was a slight format change for this year - The International Masters event was replaced by the Junior Masters event, open to rally drivers under the age of 30. Seeding for the main Race of Champions event was no longer awarded on the basis of having won a WRC title, but places were awarded for having posted the fastest times in the Nations Cup.

The vehicles used were the Peugeot 206 WRC, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI WRC, the SEAT Córdoba WRC, the Saab 93 Rallycross car and the ROC Buggy.

The individual competition was won by Harri Rovanpera, whilst the Nations Cup was won by Spain with Fernando Alonso, Jesús Puras and Rubén Xaus.


Race of Champions[edit]

Driver Reason for Qualification
Finland Marcus Grönholm World Rally champion in 2000
Sweden Stig Blomqvist Winner in the Legends Race
Belgium Francois Duval Winner in the Junior Masters
Italy Valentino Rossi Invitation
Finland Juha Kankkunen Seeded
Germany Armin Schwarz Best times among Rally Drivers in Nations' Cup
Finland Harri Rovanpera
France Gilles Panizzi
United Kingdom Alister McRae
United States Jeff Gordon Fastest Racing Driver in Nations' Cup
Spain Ruben Xaus Fastest Motorcycle Racer in Nations' Cup
Spain Flavio Alonso Winner in the Spanish Masters

Nations' Cup[edit]

Country Racing Driver Rally Driver Motorcycle Racer
France France Paul Belmondo France Gilles Panizzi France Olivier Jacque
United States United States Robby Gordon United States Rhys Millen United States Shaun Palmer
Great Britain United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Alister McRae United Kingdom James Dobb
Finland Finland Heikki Kovalainen Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Kari Tiainen
Spain Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Jesús Puras Spain Rubén Xaus
Italy Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy Miki Biasion Italy Valentino Rossi
Germany Germany Frank Biela Germany Armin Schwarz Germany Katja Poensgen
All-Stars Denmark Tom Kristensen Finland Harri Rovanpera Australia Troy Bayliss

Legends Race[edit]

Group A

Driver Wins Losses Best Time
Sweden Stig Blomqvist 2 0 1'59.88
Finland Timo Salonen 1 1 1'59.82
Sweden Björn Waldegård 0 2 2'00.84

Group B

Driver Wins Losses Best Time
Italy Miki Biasion 2 1 2'09.65
Sweden Per Eklund 1 1 2'11.91
Spain Antonio Zanini 0 2 2'13.13
Semi-finals Final
 Sweden Stig Blomqvist 2  
 Sweden Per Eklund 0  

     Sweden Stig Blomqvist 2
   Finland Timo Salonen 0
 Italy Miki Biasion 0
 Finland Timo Salonen 2  

Junior Rally Masters[edit]

Driver Wins Losses Best Time
Belgium François Duval 3 0 2'13.10
France Sébastien Loeb 2 1 2'16.23
Argentina Gabriel Pozzo 1 2 2'16.69
Portugal Miguel Campos 0 3 2'15.80
 Belgium François Duval  1
 France Sébastien Loeb  0

Race of Champions[edit]

Heat A

Driver Wins Losses Best Time
Germany Armin Schwarz 2 1 1'56.13
Finland Harri Rovanpera 2 1 1'56.60
Finland Juha Kankkunen 2 1 1'56.85
Spain Flavio Alonso 0 3 1'56.69

Heat B

Driver Wins Losses Best Time
United Kingdom Alister McRae 3 0 1'56.63
United States Jeff Gordon 2 1 1'55.21
France Gilles Panizzi 1 2 1'56.82
Spain Ruben Xaus 0 3 1'59.61
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 Finland Marcus Grönholm  0
 Finland Harri Rovanpera  2  
 Finland Harri Rovanpera  2
     Belgium François Duval  1  
 Sweden Stig Blomqvist  0
 Belgium François Duval  2  
 Finland Harri Rovanpera  2
   Germany Armin Schwarz  1
 United Kingdom Alister McRae  2
 Italy Valentino Rossi  0  
 United Kingdom Alister McRae  0

     Germany Armin Schwarz  2  
 Germany Armin Schwarz  2
 United States Jeff Gordon  0  

Nations Cup[edit]

Group A

Team Match Wins Heat Wins Best Total Time
Spain Spain 2 5 5'44.53
United Nations All-Star 2 4 5'46.17
United Kingdom UK 1 5 5'48.53
Italy Italy 1 4 5'43.19

Group B

Team Match Wins Heat Wins Best Total Time
United States USA 2 6 5'44.95
France France 2 4 5'51.20
Finland Finland 1 4 5'46.01
Germany Germany 1 4 5'56.24
Semi-finals Final
 Spain Spain 3  
 France France 1  

     Spain Spain 3
   United Nations All-Star 1
 United States USA 0
 United Nations All-Star 3  


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