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1996 FIA World Rally Championship
World Drivers' Champion:
Tommi Mäkinen
World Manufacturers' Champion:
Subaru
Previous: 1995 Next: 1997

The 1996 World Rally Championship was the 24th season of the FIA World Rally Championship. The season consisted of 9 rallies. Following the 1995 disqualification Toyota Team Europe had been banned for one year, so only three works teams contested the championship. The drivers' world championship was won by Tommi Mäkinen in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3, ahead of Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz. The manufacturers' title was won by Subaru.

CalendarEdit

Round Dates Race
1 9–11 February   Swedish Rally
2 5–7 April   Safari Rally
3 10–12 May   Rally Indonesia
4 2–4 June   Acropolis Rally
5 4–6 July   Rally Argentina
6 23–26 August   1000 Lakes Rally
7 13–16 September   Rally Australia
8 13–16 October   Rallye Sanremo
9 4–6 November   Rally Catalunya

Teams and driversEdit

Registered works teams
Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Rounds
  555 Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza 555 P 1   Colin McRae All
2   Kenneth Eriksson All
3   Didier Auriol 1
  Piero Liatti 2–9
10   Piero Liatti 1
  Ford Motor Company Ford Escort RS Cosworth M 4   Carlos Sainz All
5   François Delecour 1
  Stig Blomqvist 2
  Gwyndaf Evans 3
  Bruno Thiry 4–9
6   Stig Blomqvist 1
  Dandy Rukmana 3
14   Ari Vatanen 1
  Mitsubishi Ralliart
  Petronas/Winfield Mitsubishi Ralliart
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III M 7   Tommi Mäkinen All
8   Kenneth Bäcklund 1
  Kenjiro Shinozuka 2
  Richard Burns 3, 5, 7, 9
  Uwe Nittel 4
  Lasse Lampi 6
  Didier Auriol 8
9   Uwe Nittel 1, 5, 8
  Yoshihiro Kataoka 3
  Pascal Smets 4
  Jouko Puhakka 6
  Ed Ordynski 7
Major privateer entries
Team Constructor Car Drivers Rounds
  Yacco RAS Ford Ford Escort RS Cosworth   Patrick Bernardini 4–5, 8–9
  Blue Rose Team   Jarmo Kytölehto 6, 8–9
  Ari Mökkonen 4
  Dolly Indra Nasution 3
  Mitsubishi Ralliart Germany Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III Gr.N   Uwe Nittel 6–7, 9
  Toyota Castrol Team Sweden
  Team Toyota Castrol Finland
  Toyota Australia
  H.F. Grifone
private entry
Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
Celica Turbo 4WD ST185
  Thomas Rådström 1, 4, 6, 9
  Ian Duncan 2
  Juha Kankkunen 1, 3, 6
  Neal Bates 7
  Tomas Jansson 1
  Marcus Grönholm 1, 6
Celica GT-Four ST205 Gr.N   Teppo Leino 6
  Toyota Indonesia Celica GT-Four ST205   Reza Pribadli 3
  Toyota Belgium Celica GT-Four ST205   Freddy Loix 4, 8–9
  H.F. Grifone Celica GT-Four ST205   Rui Madeira 4–6, 8–9
  Andrea Dallavilla 6, 8
  Gilberto Pianezzola 4–5, 8
  Matteo Luise 8
  Tein Sport Celica Turbo 4WD ST185   Yoshio Fujimoto 3, 7

Results and standingsEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver SWE
 
KEN
 
INA
 
GRE
 
ARG
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ITA
 
ESP
 
 Pts 
1   Tommi Mäkinen 1 1 Ret 2 1 1 1 Ret 5 123
2   Colin McRae 3 4 Ret 1 Ret Ret 4 1 1 92
3   Carlos Sainz 2 Ret 1 3 2 Ret 3 2 Ret 89
4   Kenneth Eriksson 5 2 Ret 5 3 5 2 5 7 78
5   Piero Liatti 12 5 2 4 7 DNS 7 Ret 2 56
6   Bruno Thiry 6 5 11 6 3 3 44
7   Juha Kankkunen 4 3 2 37
8   Freddy Loix 7 4 4 24
9   Richard Burns Ret 4 5 Ret 18
10   Marcus Grönholm 7 4 14
11   Gilberto Pianezzola 8 6 7 13
12=   Ian Duncan 3 12
12=   Jarmo Kytölehto 3 Ret Ret 12
14   Yoshio Fujimoto 4 9 12
15   Thomas Rådström 6 Ret 6 Ret 12
16   Patrick Bernardini 9 9 10 6 11
17   Reza Pribadi 5 8
18   Stig Blomqvist 8 7 Ret 7
19   Rui Madeira Ret 8 9 Ret 9 7
20=   Kenjiro Shinozuka 6 6
20=   Michael Lieu 6 Ret 6
20=   Franco Cunico 6 6
23=   Shigeyuki Konishi 7 25 4
23=   Sebastian Lindholm Ret 7 4
25   Didier Auriol 10 8 4
26   Angelo Medeghini Ret 12 10 9 10 4
27=   Hideaki Miyoshi 8 29 3
27=   Irvan Gading 8 3
27=   Lasse Lampi 8 3
27=   Peter 'Possum' Bourne 8 3
27=   Oriol Gómez 8 3
32=   Tomas Jansson 9 2
32=   Patrick Njiru 9 2
32=   Chandra Alim 9 2
35=   Jonathan Toroitich 10 1
35=   Bambang Hartono 10 1
35=   Jean-Pierre Richelmi 10 1
35=   Uwe Nittel 16 14 10 16 DSQ Ret 16 1
35=   Ed Ordynski 10 1
Pos Driver SWE
 
KEN
 
INA
 
GRE
 
ARG
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ITA
 
ESP
 
 Pts 
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championshipEdit

Each works team had to nominate up to three drivers 30 days before each event; only two best placed nominated drivers were eligible to score points for the manufacturers' championship.

Pos. Manufacturer No. SWE
 
KEN
 
INA
 
GRE
 
ARG
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ITA
 
ESP
 
Points
1   Subaru 1 3 4 Ret 1 Ret Ret 4 1 1 401
2 5 2 Ret 5 3 5 2 5 7
3 10 5 2 4 7 7 Ret 2
2   Mitsubishi 7 1 1 Ret 2 1 1 1 Ret 5 322
8 14 6 Ret 14 4 8 5 8 Ret
9 Ret 10 Ret 10 Ret
3   Ford 4 2 Ret 1 3 2 Ret 3 2 Ret 299
5 11 7 Ret 6 5 11 6 3 3
6 8 Ret
Pos. Manufacturer No. SWE
 
KEN
 
INA
 
GRE
 
ARG
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ITA
 
ESP
 
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

EventsEdit

1996 World Rally Championship event map
 
Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface
Rally Name Start-End Date Podium Drivers
(Finishing Time)
Podium Cars
  Swedish Rally 9–11 February
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (4h:37m:10s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (4h:37m:33s)
  3.   Colin McRae (4h:38m:15s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  2. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  3. Subaru Impreza 555
  Safari Rally 5–7 April
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (12h:41m:24s)
  2.   Kenneth Eriksson (12h:55m:40s)
  3.   Ian Duncan (13h:23m:24s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  2. Subaru Impreza 555
  3. Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
  Rally Indonesia 10–12 May
  1.   Carlos Sainz (5h:30m:00s)
  2.   Piero Liatti (5h:30m:23s)
  3.   Juha Kankkunen (5h:31m:02s)
  1. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  2. Subaru Impreza 555
  3. Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
  Acropolis Rally 2–4 June
  1.   Colin McRae (5h:33m:12s)
  2.   Tommi Mäkinen (5h:34m:02s)
  3.   Carlos Sainz (5h:36m:33s)
  1. Subaru Impreza 555
  2. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  3. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  Rally Argentina 4–6 July
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (5h:48m:42s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (5h:50m:17s)
  3.   Kenneth Eriksson (5h:53m:21s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  2. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  3. Subaru Impreza 555
  1000 Lakes Rally 23–26 August
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (4h:04m:13s)
  2.   Juha Kankkunen (4h:04m:59s)
  3.   Jarmo Kytölehto (4h:06m:50s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  2. Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
  3. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  Rally Australia 13–16 September
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (4h:08m:50s)
  2.   Kenneth Eriksson (4h:10m:07s)
  3.   Carlos Sainz (4h:10m:11s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
  2. Subaru Impreza 555
  3. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  Rallye Sanremo 13–16 October
  1.   Colin McRae (4h:26m:57s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (4h:27m:19s)
  3.   Bruno Thiry (4h:29m:06s)
  1. Subaru Impreza 555
  2. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  3. Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  Rally Catalunya 4–6 November
  1.   Colin McRae (4h:14m:20s)
  2.   Piero Liatti (4h:14m:27s)
  3.   Bruno Thiry (4h:15m:38s)
  1. Subaru Impreza 555
  2. Subaru Impreza 555
  3. Ford Escort RS Cosworth

FIA 2 Litre World Cup For ManufacturersEdit

Pos Manufacturer R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 SEAT (25) 60 (13) 36 46 47 46 39 274
2 Renault 36 39 53 64 - - 48 25 265
3 Skoda 39 44 - 46 35 60 (16) 40 264
4 Peugeot 46 9 54 - 9 - 40 10 168
5 General Motors Europe 43 31 11 - - - 18 - 103
6 Suzuki - - - 16 36 - - - 52
= Hyundai - - - - 21 31 - - 52
8 Daihatsu - - - - 15 35 - - 50
9 Honda 9 6 - - 8 - - 20 43
10 Nissan - - - - - - - 42 42
11 Kia - - - - - 32 - - 32
= Toyota - 1 - - 31 - - - 32
13 Renault Argentina - - - 28 - - - - 28
14 Citroën 20 - - - - - 7 - 27
15 Daewoo - - - 26 - - - - 26
16 Toyota Australia - - - - - 21 - - 21
17 Volkswagen - - 3 - - - - 15 18
18 Ford - - - - - - 15 - 15
19 Mitsubishi - - - - 14 - - - 14
20 Fiat 10 - - - - - - - 10

() Denotes dropped score

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