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1977 World Rally Championship
FIA Cup for Drivers Champion:
Sandro Munari
World Manufacturers' Champion:
Fiat
Previous: 1976 Next: 1978

The 1977 World Rally Championship was the fifth season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) World Rally Championship (WRC). The schedule was expanded by one event to 11, with some changes to the locations visited. Morocco was dropped from the schedule while new rallies were introduced in Quebec and New Zealand.

Due to internal politics within the company, Lancia failed to mount a significant effort to capture a fourth consecutive Championship. Instead, corporate partner Fiat led the fight against Ford, ultimately triumphing in a tightly contested battle that lasted most of the year.

From 1973 to 1978, the WRC only awarded a championship for manufacturers. Scoring was modified in 1977 to a more complex system including points both for overall and group placement. A car would still have to place in the overall top 10 to score points.

In addition to the Championship for Manufacturers, the FIA began awarding the FIA Cup for Rally Drivers. A total of 20 events were part of this series, including all rallies of the WRC, the five coefficient 4 rallies from the European Championship and four FIA Special Events. Only the best 8 results were counted towards the title: five WRC rallies, two ERC rallies and one Special Event.

Contents

EventsEdit

MapEdit

1977 World Rally Championship event map
 
Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface

Schedule and resultsEdit

1977 World Rally Championship schedule and results
Rally Dates run Podium Drivers (Finishing Time) Podium Cars
 
Rallye Monte-Carlo
22–28 January
  1.   Sandro Munari (6h:36m:13s)
  2.   Jean-Claude Andruet (6h:38m:29s)
  3.   Antonio Zanini (6h:47m:07s)
  1. Lancia Stratos HF
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Seat 124D Especial 1800
 
Swedish Rally
11–13 February
  1.   Stig Blomqvist (8h:02m:17s)
  2.   Bror Danielsson (8h:08m:19s)
  3.   Anders Kulläng (8h:08m:32s)
  1. Saab 99 EMS
  2. Opel Kadett GT/E
  3. Opel Kadett GT/E
 
Rallye de Portugal
1–6 March
  1.   Markku Alén (6h:51m:47s)
  2.   Björn Waldegård (6h:55m:43s)
  3.   Ove Andersson (6h:56m:08s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Toyota Celica 2000GT
 
Safari Rally
7–11 April
  1.   Björn Waldegård (+11m:05s penalties)
  2.   Rauno Aaltonen (+11m:40s penalties)
  3.   Sandro Munari (+13m:14s penalties)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Datsun 160J
  3. Lancia Stratos HF
 
South Pacific Rally
1–7 May
  1.   Fulvio Bacchelli (24h:29m:55s)
  2.   Ari Vatanen (24h:31m:29s)
  3.   Markku Alén (24h:51m:54s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Fiat 131 Abarth
 
Acropolis Rally
28 May–3 June
  1.   Björn Waldegård (9h:31m:57s)
  2.   Roger Clark (9h:37m:44s)
  3.   Harry Källström (9h:47m:19s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Ford Escort RS1800
  3. Datsun 160J
 
1000 Lakes Rally
26–28 August
  1.   Kyösti Hämäläinen (4h:26m:06s)
  2.   Timo Salonen (4h:30m:31s)
  3.   Björn Waldegård (4h:36m:22s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Ford Escort RS1800
 
Critérium du Québec
14–18 September
  1.   Timo Salonen (5h:13m:54s)
  2.   Simo Lampinen (5h:18m:31s)
  3.   Roger Clark (5h:20m:56s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Ford Escort RS1800
 
Rallye Sanremo
4–8 October
  1.   Jean Claude Andruet (10h:27m:43s)
  2.   Maurizio Verini (10h:29m:40s)
  3.   'Tony' (10h:36m:30s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Fiat 131 Abarth
  3. Fiat 131 Abarth
 
Tour de Corse
5–6 November
  1.   Bernard Darniche (8h:13m:40s)
  2.   Raffaele Pinto (8h:17m:07s)
  3.   Fulvio Bacchelli (8h:24m:07s)
  1. Fiat 131 Abarth
  2. Lancia Stratos HF
  3. Fiat 131 Abarth
 
RAC Rally
20–24 November
  1.   Björn Waldegård (8h:21m:26s)
  2.   Hannu Mikkola (8h:23m:49s)
  3.   Russell Brookes (8h:31m:55s)
  1. Ford Escort RS1800
  2. Toyota Celica 2000GT
  3. Ford Escort RS1800

Manufacturers' championshipEdit

Pos. Co-Driver  
MON
 
SWE
 
POR
 
KEN
 
NZL
 
GRC
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
CAN
 
FRA
 
GBR
Points
1   Fiat 16 14 18 - 18 (12) 16 18 18 18 (6) 136
2   Ford - 14 16 18 16 18 18 14 (10) - 18 132
3   Toyota - 10 14 - 8 - 12 8 - - 16 68
4   Opel 9 17 13 - - 4 8 - 13 - 1 65
5   Lancia 18 - - 14 - - - - 12 16 - 60
6   Datsun - - - 16 - 14 - 10 - - - 40
7   Porsche 14 - 4 - - - - - 9 8 - 35
8   Saab - 18 - - - - - 10 - - 2 30
9   Mitsubishi - - - 12 3 - - 13 - - - 28
10   Chrysler - - - - - 10 14 - - - - 24
11   Renault - - - - - 7 - - 11 - - 18
12   British Leyland Cars - - - - - - - 12 - - 4 16
13   Peugeot - - - 6 - - - - - 9 - 15
14   SEAT 14 - - - - - - - - - - 14
15   Citroën - - - - - 13 - - - - - 13
16=   Alpine-Renault 10 - - - - - - - - - - 10
16=   Mazda - - - - 10 - - - - - - 10
18   Volvo - 8 - - - - - - - - - 8
19=   Škoda - - - - - - 7 - - - - 7
19=   Alfa Romeo - - - - - - - - 7 - - 7
21   Lada - 4 - - - - - - - - - 4
Pos. Co-Driver  
MON
 
SWE
 
POR
 
KEN
 
NZL
 
GRC
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
CAN
 
FRA
 
GBR
Points
1977 World Rally Championship point awards
Overall
finish
Group finish
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 18 - - - - - - - - -
2 17 16 - - - - - - - -
3 16 15 14 - - - - - - -
4 15 14 13 12 - - - - - -
5 14 13 12 11 10 - - - - -
6 13 12 11 10 9 8 - - - -
7 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 - - -
8 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 - -
9 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 -
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1

Cup for driversEdit

Pos. Driver  
MON
 
ARC
 
SWE
 
POR
 
KEN
 
NZL
 
GRC
 
GIR
 
RSA
 
POL
 
FIN
 
SMC
 
CAN
 
TDF
 
ITA
 
SCR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
CIV
Points
1   Sandro Munari 9 - - - 4 - - - 9 - - 9 - - - - - - - - 31
2   Björn Waldegård - - - 6 (9)[a] - 9 - - - 4 - - - 2 - - - 9 - 30
3   Bernard Darniche - - - - - - - - - 9 - - - 9 - - - 9 - - 27
  European Rally Championship events
  FIA Special Events
  • a Waldegård had to drop one of his best results in WRC events because he didn't take part in at least one ERC event, as provided by the regulations.

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