World Rally Championship-3

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The FIA World Rally Championship-3, or WRC-3 (formerly known as Production World Rally Championship, or PWRC), is a companion rally series to the World Rally Championship, and is driven on the same stages. WRC-3 is limited to production-based cars homologated under the R1, R2 and R3 rules. The series began in 2002, replacing the FIA Group N Rally Championship and it was for Group N cars. The cars used were modified road cars, often based on turbocharged, four wheel drive versions of standard small cars such as the Subaru Impreza WRX and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, although a wide range of vehicles are homologated by the FIA for use in Group N. Apart from FIA sanctioned events, a lot of rallies at national levels are run under Group N.


Until 2012 PWRC was support series to the WRC in selected rounds. Like S-WRC, the PWRC calendar consisted of 8 races(as of 2012) with 2 rallies outside Europe. For 2013 the fixed calendar was scrapped. Instead, teams and drivers competing in the series are free to contest any of thirteen rallies that form the 2013 World Rally Championship. They must nominate up to six events to score points in, and their best five results from these six events will count towards their final championship points score.

Changes for 2013[edit]

From 2013, the Production WRC was renamed WRC-3.[1] With the introduction of Group R the new WRC-3 was to be for 2WD production based cars from Group R1, R2 and R3. As a result, no other cars under Group N and A were to be homologated. The current N4 cars were supposed to compete instead in WRC-2, alongside the current S2000, R4 and R5 cars.


Season Champion Car
2015 France Quentin Gilbert Citroën DS3 R3T
2014 France Stéphane Lefebvre Citroën DS3 R3T
2013 France Sébastien Chardonnet Citroën DS3 R3T
2012 Mexico Benito Guerra Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
2011 New Zealand Hayden Paddon Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2010 Portugal Armindo Araújo Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
2009 Portugal Armindo Araújo Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
2008 Austria Andreas Aigner Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
2007 Japan Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2006 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2005 Japan Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2004 United Kingdom Niall McShea Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2003 United Kingdom Martin Rowe Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2002 Malaysia Karamjit Singh Proton Pert
FIA Cup for Production Rally Drivers
2001 Argentina Gabriel Pozzo Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6
2000 Austria Manfred Stohl Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6
1999 Uruguay Gustavo Trelles Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 / Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5
1998 Uruguay Gustavo Trelles Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4 / Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5
1997 Uruguay Gustavo Trelles Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3
1996 Uruguay Gustavo Trelles Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3
1995 Portugal Rui Madeira Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2
1994 Spain Jesús Puras Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1993 Italy Alex Fassina Mazda 323 GTR
1992 Belgium Grégoire De Mévius Nissan Sunny GTI-R
1991 Belgium Grégoire De Mévius Mazda 323 GTX
1990 France Alain Oreille Renault 5 GT Turbo
1989 France Alain Oreille Renault 5 GT Turbo
1988 Belgium Pascal Gaban Mazda 323 4WD
1987 Italy Alex Fiorio Lancia Delta HF Integrale

Victories by nation[edit]

Nation #
1  France 5
2  Uruguay 4
3  Belgium
5  United Kingdom
9  Argentina
 New Zealand


Drivers with most race wins
Driver Titles Wins
Uruguay Gustavo Trelles[2] 4 21
Japan Toshihiro Arai[3] 2 13
Austria Manfred Stohl 1 8
Australia Ed Ordynski 0 7
Argentina Gabriel Pozzo 1 7
Sweden Patrik Flodin 0 6
Belgium Gregoire de Mevius 2 6
France Quentin Gilbert 1 6
Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah 1 5
France Alain Oreille 2 5
New Zealand Hayden Paddon 1 5
Argentina Jorge Recalde 0 5

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