Rally Islas Canarias

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The Rally Islas Canarias, known originally as the Rally El Corte Inglés is an international rally racing event based on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The event has been a long running round of the European Rally Championship, the Spanish Rally Championship and the Canary Islands Rally Championship. It has also in the recent past been a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the European Rally Cup South and the European Rally Cup West. The rally is a tarmac rally event and has been since inception.

First run in 1977 the rally was quickly popular for its location and climate as well as the Canary Islands reputation as a tourist destination. So much so that despite its isolated location, over 100 kilometres from the coast of Western Sahara, it has since 1979 been a part of Spain's national championship and has been an international event since 1982 when it was first included in the European Rally Championship. The events success could also be attributed to the similar and older Portuguese events the Rali Vinho da Madeira held on the island of Madeira 400 km to the north and Rallye Açores which is based on the island of São Miguel Island which is on the mid-Atlantic ridge.

In keeping with its importance as a Spanish event, Spanish drivers have dominated. Medardo Pérez won the first two events driving a BMW. Spain's world champion, Carlos Sainz won the event in five consecutive years from 1985-1989 in a variety of cars. Fellow Spaniards Jesús Puras and Luis Monzón have taken three wins as has Czech driver Jan Kopecký.

The tarmac nature of the event has led to a number of non-traditional rally cars winning the event with Porsche 911 taking five victories. In the 1990s the World Two Litre Kit Cars were able to upset the 4WD turbo cars, much as they were able to on similar events in the World Championship like the Tour de Corse.

The rally joined the European Championship in 1982 and maintained a calendar position until 2004 when it was demoted to the European Rally Cup West. In 2006 it moved from the West region to the South. It returned to the West region in 2007 before shifting to the Rally Cup South permanently in 2008. In 2010 the rally joined the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, replacing the Rally Príncipe de Asturias. It stayed on the calendar until the IRC folded in 2012. For the 2013 season its European status was promoted back into the European Rally Championship, again replacing Rally Príncipe de Asturias.

List of winners[edit]

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Year Winner Car
1977 Spain Medardo Pérez BMW 2002
1978 Spain Medardo Pérez BMW 2002
1979 France Marc Etchebers Porsche Carrera 3.0
1980 France Marc Etchebers Porsche 911 SC
1981 Spain Benigno Fernández Porsche 911 SC
1982 Spain Eugenio Ortiz Renault 5 Turbo
1983 Spain Eugenio Ortiz Renault 5 Turbo
1984 United Kingdom Terry Kaby Nissan 240RS
1985 Spain Carlos Sainz Renault 5 Turbo
1986 Spain Carlos Sainz Renault 5 Maxi Turbo
1987 Spain Carlos Sainz Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
1988 Spain Carlos Sainz Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
1989 Spain Carlos Sainz Toyota Celica GT-Four
1990 Spain Josep Bassas BMW M3
1991 Italy Frabizio Tabaton Lancia Delta Integrale 16V
1992 Italy Piero Liatti Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1993 Uruguay Gustavo Trelles Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1994 Spain Luis Monzón Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1995 Spain José María Ponce BMW M3
1996 Spain José María Ponce Toyota Celica GT-Four
1997 Spain Jesús Puras Citroën ZX Kit Car
1998 Spain Gilles Panizzi Peugeot 306 Maxi Kit Car
1999 Spain Jesús Puras Citroën Xsara Kit Car
2000 Spain Jesús Puras Citroën Xsara Kit Car
2001 Spain Salvador Cañellas Jr. Seat Cordoba WRC
2002 Spain Jesús Puras Citroën Xsara WRC
2003 Portugal Miguel Campos Peugeot 206 WRC
2004 Spain Luis Monzón Toyota Corolla WRC
2005 Andorra Joan Vinyes Peugeot 206 S1600
2006 Spain Miguel Fuster Renault Clio S1600
2007 Spain Luis Monzón Peugeot 206 WRC
2008 Spain Sergio Vallejo Porsche 997 GT3
2009 Spain Sergio Vallejo Porsche 997 GT3
2010 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000
2011 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000
2012 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000
2013 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000
2014 France Didier Auriol Citroën Xsara WRC
2015 Spain Miguel Fuster Porsche 997 GT3 RS


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