International Championship for Manufacturers

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The FIA International Championship for Manufacturers (IMC) was a rally series culminating in a champion manufacturer. The championship was run from 1970 to 1972 and it was replaced by the FIA World Rally Championship in 1973. All the nine rallies of the 1972 IMC season were part of the 1973 World Rally Championship season.

In the inaugural season, Porsche's Björn Waldegård drove his 911 S to victory at the Monte Carlo Rally, the Swedish Rally and the Österreichische Alpenfahrt. With Porsche leading Alpine-Renault by only three points before the season-ending RAC Rally, the championship went down to the wire. Alpine-Renault recruited Ove Andersson for the event, but he had an accident and retired. Alpine-Renault's best result was then Andrew Cowan's fifth place, and Porsche took the title. Porsche's Gérard Larrousse also picked up a point for sixth place.

In 1971, Alpine-Renault ran away with the title as Andersson won four of the eight events in the Alpine A110 1600. The Alpine-Renault, driven by Bernard Darniche, also won the last-ever Coupe des Alpes, but because the event ran with an insufficient number of starters (36 when the FIA minimum was 50), no points were awarded towards the championship.[1]

The final IMC title went to Lancia. The Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF was driven by Simo Lampinen (35 points), Harry Källström (22) Sandro Munari (20) and Amilcare Ballestrieri (20). Fiat finished second in the standings with their 124 Sport Spider.[2]

1970[edit]

Events[edit]

Round Event Dates  Starters   Finishers  Winner Car
1 Monaco Monte Carlo Rally 16–24 January 184 44 Sweden Björn Waldegård Porsche 911 S
2 Sweden Swedish Rally 11–15 February 120 31 Sweden Björn Waldegård Porsche 911 S
3 Italy Rallye Sanremo 4–8 March 109 15 France Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine-Renault A110 1600
4 Kenya Safari Rally 26–28 March 91 19 Kenya Edgar Herrmann Datsun 1600 SSS
5 Austria Österreichische Alpenfahrt 6–10 May 54 20 Sweden Björn Waldegård Porsche 911 S
6 Greece Acropolis Rally 28–31 May 80 13 France Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine-Renault A110 1600
7 United Kingdom RAC Rally 13–18 November 196 67 Sweden Harry Källström Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF

Final standings[edit]

Pos Manufacturer MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
ITA
Italy
KEN
Kenya
AUT
Austria
GRC
Greece
GBR
United Kingdom
Pts
1 Germany Porsche 9 9 9 1 28
2 France Alpine-Renault 4 9 2 9 2 26
3 Italy Lancia 1 6 9 16
4 Sweden Saab 6 3 6 15
5 Germany Opel 4 6 10
United States Ford 2 4 4 10
7 Japan Datsun 9 9
8 France Peugeot 4 4
9 Italy Fiat 1 2 3
10 Sweden Volvo 2 3
11 Germany BMW 1 1
United Kingdom Triumph 1 1
Germany Volkswagen 1 1

1971[edit]

Events[edit]

Round Event Dates  Starters   Finishers  Winner Car
1 Monaco Monte Carlo Rally 22–29 January 248 22 Sweden Ove Andersson Alpine-Renault A110 1600
2 Sweden Swedish Rally 17–21 February 112 53 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Saab 96 V4
3 Italy Rallye Sanremo 14–17 March 86 20 Sweden Ove Andersson Alpine-Renault A110 1600
4 Kenya Safari Rally 8–12 April 107 32 Kenya Edgar Herrmann Datsun 240Z
5 Morocco Rallye du Maroc 28 April–1 May 60 9 Morocco Jean Deschazeaux Citroën SM
6 Austria Österreichische Alpenfahrt 13–16 May 54 15 Sweden Ove Andersson Alpine-Renault A110 1600
7 Greece Acropolis Rally 27–30 May 59 9 Sweden Ove Andersson Alpine-Renault A110 1600
8 France Coupe des Alpes 21–26 June 36 11 France Bernard Darniche Alpine-Renault A110 1600
9 United Kingdom RAC Rally 20–25 November 231 104 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Saab 96 V4

Final standings[edit]

Herrmann's 1971 Safari Rally -winning Datsun 240Z.
Pos Manufacturer MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
ITA
Italy
KEN
Kenya
MAR
Morocco
AUT
Austria
GRC
Greece
GBR
United Kingdom
Pts
1 France Alpine-Renault 9 9 9 9 36
2 Sweden Saab 9 9 18
3 Germany Porsche 3.5 3 2 2 6 16.5
4 Italy Lancia 1 4 6 4 1 16
5 Japan Datsun 2 9 11
Italy Fiat 2 6 3 11
7 France Peugeot 4 6 10
8 France Citroën 9 9
Germany BMW 6 2 1 9
10 United States Ford 3 3 6
11 Germany Volkswagen 4 4
Germany Opel 2 2 4

1972[edit]

Events[edit]

Round Event Dates  Starters   Finishers  Winner Car
1 Monaco Monte Carlo Rally 21–28 January 264 24 Italy Sandro Munari Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF
2 Sweden Swedish Rally 17–20 February 91 56 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Saab 96 V4
3 Kenya Safari Rally 30 March–3 April 85 18 Finland Hannu Mikkola Ford Escort RS1600
4 Morocco Rallye du Maroc 27–30 April 52 6 Finland Simo Lampinen Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF
5 Greece Acropolis Rally 25–28 May 98 14 Sweden Håkan Lindberg Fiat 124 Sport Spider
6 Austria Österreichische Alpenfahrt 6–8 September 58 8 Sweden Håkan Lindberg Fiat 124 Sport Spider
7 Italy Rallye Sanremo 22–25 October 69 13 Italy Amilcare Ballestrieri Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF
8 United States Press-on-Regardless Rally 2–4 November 77 21 United States Gene Henderson Jeep Wagoneer
9 United Kingdom RAC Rally 2–5 December 192 80 United Kingdom Roger Clark Ford Escort RS1600

Final standings[edit]

Roger Clark's 1972 RAC Rally -winning Ford Escort RS1600.
Pos Manufacturer MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
KEN
Kenya
MAR
Morocco
GRC
Greece
AUT
Austria
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
GBR
United Kingdom
Pts
1 Italy Lancia 20 12 20 15 20 10 97
2 Italy Fiat 3 20 20 12 55
3 Germany Porsche 15 15 15 8 53
4 United States Ford 8 20 20 48
5 Sweden Saab 20 12 15 47
6 Japan Datsun 12 8 6 15 41
7 Germany Opel 2 10 2 6 1 12 33
8 Germany BMW 6 12 4 22
9 United States Jeep 20 20
10 France Citroën 15 15
Germany Volkswagen 15 15
12 France Peugeot 4 8 12
13 Sweden Volvo 10 1 11
14 France Renault 10 10
15 United States Dodge 8 8
16 Japan Toyota 6 2 8
17 France Alpine-Renault 4 3 7
18 Italy Alfa Romeo 3 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pfundner, Martin (2005). Alpine Trials & Rallies: 1910 To 1973. Veloce Publishing Ltd. p. 65. 
  2. ^ "International Championship for Manufacturers". RallyBase. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 

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