1973 RAC Rally

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1973 RAC Rally
22nd Daily Mirror RAC Rally
Round 12 of the 1973 World Rally Championship season
Host country  United Kingdom
Rally base York, England
Dates run 17 November 1973 – 21 November 1973
Stages 80 (540.02 km; 335.55 mi)
Stage surface Gravel with some asphalt
Overall distance 3,020 km (1,880 mi)
Results
Overall winner Finland Timo Mäkinen
United Kingdom Henry Liddon
United States Ford Motorsport
Crews 198 at start, 91 at finish

The 1973 RAC Rally (formally the 22nd Daily Mirror RAC Rally) was the twelfth round of the inaugural World Rally Championship season. Run in mid-November in the County of Yorkshire in England, the rally was run primarily on gravel, with some sections of tarmac as well. The rally carried the name of its title sponsor, a popular British newspaper, The Daily Mirror.

Report[edit]

In 1973, and for several years afterward, only manufacturers were given points for finishes in WRC events. Britain was home terrain for the Fords and the RS1600 wrapped up all three podium spots. While both Alpine Renault and Fiat finished in the points, neither had their points applied to championship standings. This however didn't hurt either one's chances, as they still placed first and second respectively at the end of the season.

Results[edit]

1973 RAC Rally results
Finish Total
time
Group Car # Driver
Co-driver
Car Mfr.
points
Overall In
group
1 1 6 h : 47 m : 8 s 2 13 Finland Timo Mäkinen
United Kingdom Henry Liddon
United Kingdom Ford Escort RS1600 20
2 2 6 h : 52 m : 23 s 2 1 United Kingdom Roger Clark
United Kingdom Tony Mason
United Kingdom Ford Escort RS1600
3 3 6 h : 55 m : 26 s 2 18 Finland Markku Alén
Finland Ilkka Kivimäki
United Kingdom Ford Escort RS1600
4 4 7 h : 01 m : 13 s 2 31 Sweden Per-Inge Walfridsson
United Kingdom John Jensen
Sweden Volvo 142 10
5 1 7 h : 03 m : 08 s 4 8 France Jean-Pierre Nicolas
France Claude Roure
France Alpine-Renault A110 1800
6 5 7 h : 05 m : 44 s 2 21 Sweden Gunnar Blomqvist
Sweden Ingelöv Blomqvist
Germany Opel Ascona 19 6
Retired ()
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Source: Independent WRC archive[1]

Championship standings after the event[edit]

1973 World Rally Championship for Manufacturers points standings after round 12
After round 12 Team Season end
Position Points Position Points
1 127 France Alpine Renault 1 147
2 84 Italy Fiat 2 84
3 66 United Kingdom Ford 3 76
4 44 Sweden Volvo 4 44
5 42 Sweden Saab 5 42
6 34 Japan Datsun 6 34
7 33 France Citroën 7 33
8 28 Germany BMW 8 28
9 25 Japan Toyota 10 25
10 24 Germany Porsche 9 27
11 21 Germany Opel 11 25
12 18 Poland Polski Fiat 12 18
13 17 Italy Lancia 13 17
14 15 East Germany Wartburg 14 15
15 14 Germany Volkswagen 15 15
16 13 France Peugeot 16 13
17 4 Japan Mitsubishi 17 4
18 3 Czechoslovakia Škoda 18 3
19 1 Germany Audi 20 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RAC Rally". juwra.com. Independent WRC archive. Retrieved 2017-03-16. 

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