1998 World Rally Championship

1998 World Rally Championship
World Drivers' Champion:
Tommi Mäkinen
World Manufacturers' Champion:
Mitsubishi
Previous: 1997 Next: 1999

The 1998 World Rally Championship was the 26th season of the FIA World Rally Championship. The season consisted of 13 rallies. Tommi Mäkinen won his third consecutive drivers' world championship driving for Mitsubishi, ahead of Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae. The manufacturers' title was won by Mitsubishi (who still operated under Group A regulations), ahead of Toyota and Subaru. This year also marked the Ford Escort's last full-season works outing before being replaced by the Ford Focus WRC in 1999. The season ended in dramatic fashion when Carlos Sainz's Corolla WRC stopped approximately 300 metres from the finishing line in the final stage at Margam due to mechanical failure, thus surrendering his fourth place on the rally and handing the title to Mäkinen.

CalendarEdit

The 1998 championship was contested over thirteen rounds in Europe, Africa, South America and Oceania.

Round Dates Race
1 19–21 January   Monte Carlo Rally
2 6–8 February   Swedish Rally
3 28 February-2 March   Safari Rally
4 22–25 March   Rally Portugal
5 20–22 April   Rally Catalunya
6 4–6 May   Tour de Corse
7 20–23 May   Rally Argentina
8 7–9 June   Acropolis Rally
9 24–27 July   Rally New Zealand
10 21–23 August   Rally Finland
11 12–14 October   Rally Sanremo
12 5–8 November   Rally Australia
13 22–24 November   Rally of Great Britain

Teams and driversEdit

Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Rounds
  Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV
Lancer Evo V
M 1   Tommi Mäkinen All
2   Richard Burns All
15   Ed Ordynski 9, 12
16   Uwe Nittel 1–2, 4–5, 8, 10
  555 Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 98 P 3   Colin McRae All
4   Piero Liatti 1, 3–9, 11–12
  Kenneth Eriksson 2
  Jarmo Kytölehto 10
  Alister McRae 13
10   Piero Liatti 2
12   Ari Vatanen 13
15   Juha Kangas 9
  Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Corolla WRC
Celica GT-Four ST205
M 5   Carlos Sainz All
6   Didier Auriol 1, 3–4, 6–13
  Thomas Rådström 2
  Freddy Loix 5
9   Didier Auriol 2, 5
11   Freddy Loix 4, 8, 12
  Marcus Grönholm 2, 4–5, 9–10, 13
12   Neal Bates 12
15   Thomas Rådström 4–5, 8–10
16   Yoshio Fujumoto 9, 12
18   Isolde Holderied 6, 8
27   Henrik Lundgaard 13
37   Pedro Matos Chaves 4
  Ford Motor Company Ford Escort WRC M 7   Juha Kankkunen All
8   Bruno Thiry 1–2, 5–13
  Ari Vatanen 3–4
11   Ari Vatanen 10
  SEAT Sport SEAT Córdoba WRC
Ibiza Kit Car Evo 2
P 9   Harri Rovanperä 10–13
10   Oriol Gómez 10
  Marc Duez 11–12
  Gwyndaf Evans 13
  Peugeot Sport Peugeot 306 Maxi M 11   François Delecour 1, 5–6, 11
14   Gilles Panizzi 1, 5–6, 11
25   Manuel Muniente 5
28   Adruzilo Lopes 1, 4–5
  Citroën Sport Citroën Xsara F2 M 12   Philippe Bugalski 5–6, 11
16   Jesús Puras 5, 11
  Fabien Doenlen 6
19   Patrick Magaud 6, 11
  Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai Coupe Evo
Coupe Evo 2
M 20   Kenneth Eriksson 4–5, 7–13
21   Alister McRae 5–6
29   Wayne Bell 4, 8–13
48   Dean Herridge 12

Results and standingsEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Tommi Mäkinen Ret 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 Ret 3 1 1 1 Ret 58
2   Carlos Sainz 1 2 Ret 2 7 8 2 4 1 2 4 2 Ret 56
3   Colin McRae 3 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 5 1 5 Ret 3 4 Ret 45
4   Juha Kankkunen 2 3 2 7 Ret 9 3 3 4 3 Ret 5 2 39
5   Didier Auriol 14 6 4 Ret 1 6 Ret 2 2 4 Ret 3 Ret 34
6   Richard Burns 5 15 1 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 9 5 7 Ret 1 33
7   Piero Liatti 4 9 Ret 6 Ret 3 6 6 6 2 Ret 17
8   Freddy Loix 3 2 5 6 13
9   Bruno Thiry 6 8 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 6 7 3 8
10   François Delecour 10 8 2 Ret 6
11   Ari Vatanen 3 5 Ret Ret 6
12   Gilles Panizzi 9 6 4 35 5 Ret 6
13   Kenneth Eriksson 4 Ret 21 Ret Ret 20 Ret Ret 22 Ret 3
14   Grégoire De Mévius 8 12 4 3
15   Harri Rovanperä 11 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 15 13 11 Ret 11 6 3
16   Marcus Grönholm 5 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 2
17   Philippe Bugalski 5 Ret Ret 2
18   Sebastian Lindholm Ret 9 5 2
19   Raimund Baumschlager 6 Ret Ret 1
20   Thomas Rådström Ret Ret 12 Ret 7 6 1
Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
 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)

Co-drivers' championshipEdit

Pos. Co-driver MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Risto Mannisenmäki Ret 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 Ret 3 1 1 1 Ret 58
2   Luis Moya 1 2 Ret 2 7 8 2 4 1 2 4 2 Ret 56
3   Nicky Grist 3 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 5 1 5 Ret 3 4 Ret 45
4   Juha Repo 2 3 2 7 Ret 9 3 3 4 3 Ret 5 2 39
5   Denis Giraudet 14 6 4 Ret 1 6 Ret 2 2 4 Ret 3 Ret 34
6   Robert Reid 5 15 1 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 9 5 7 Ret 1 33
7   Fabrizia Pons 4 9 Ret 6 Ret 3 6 6 6 2 Ret Ret 17
8   Sven Smeets 3 2 5 6 13
9   Stéphane Prévot 6 8 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 6 7 3 8
10   Daniel Grataloup 10 8 2 Ret 6
11   Fred Gallagher 3 5 Ret 6
12   Hervé Panizzi 9 6 4 35 5 Ret 6
13   Staffan Parmander 4 Ret 21 Ret Ret 20 Ret Ret 22 Ret 3
14   Jean-Marc Fortin 8 12 4 3
15   Risto Pietiläinen 11 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 15 13 11 Ret 11 6 3
16   Timo Rautiainen 5 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 2
17   Jean-Paul Chiaroni 5 Ret Ret 2
18   Jukka Aho Ret 9 5 2
19   Klaus Wicha 8 6 Ret Ret 1
20   Gunnar Barth Ret Ret 12 Ret 7 6 1
Pos. Co-driver MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
 Pts 

Manufacturers' championshipEdit

Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
Points
1   Team Mitsubishi Ralliart 1 Ret 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 Ret 3 1 1 1 Ret 91
2 5 15 1 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 9 5 7 Ret 1
2   Toyota Castrol Team 5 1 2 Ret 2 7 8 2 4 1 2 4 2 Ret 85
6 14 Ret 4 Ret 2 6 Ret 2 2 4 Ret 3 Ret
3   555 Subaru World Rally Team 3 3 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 5 1 5 Ret 3 4 Ret 65
4 4 4 Ret 6 Ret 3 6 6 6 8 2 Ret Ret
4   Ford Motor Co 7 2 3 2 7 Ret 9 3 3 4 3 Ret 5 2 53
8 6 8 3 5 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 6 7 3
5   SEAT Sport 9 11 Ret 11 6 1
10 Ret 16 Ret
Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
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)

FIA Teams' CupEdit

Pos. Team Event Points
MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
1   H.F. Grifone 0 10 0 10 10 0 0 10 10 7 16 0 0 73
2   Uruguay en Carrera 0 0 0 2 5 4 6 2 8 4 4 4 0 39
3   Gazprom Rally Team 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 10 27
4   Mobil 1 Stomil Olsztyn 0 0 0 6 4 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 6 26
5   Toyota Castrol Team Sweden 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 10 0 6 0 22
6   Toyota Team Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 3 0 3 4 20
7   Toyota Mobil Team Turkey 0 0 0 3 0 6 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 17
8   Frederic Dor 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 4 1 0 0 0 2 12
9   Hamed Al-Wahaibi 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 3 10

EventsEdit

1998 World Rally Championship event map
 
Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface
1998 World Rally Championship schedule and results
Rally Name Dates run Podium Drivers (Finishing Time) Podium Cars
  Monte Carlo Rally 19 January–21 January
  1.   Carlos Sainz (4h:28m:00.5s)
  2.   Juha Kankkunen (4h:28m:41.3s)
  3.   Colin McRae (4h:29m:01.5s)
  1. Toyota Corolla WRC
  2. Ford Escort WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
  Swedish Rally 6 February–8 February
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (3h:32m:51.6s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (3h:33m:43.2s)
  3.   Juha Kankkunen (3h:33m:50.4s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC
  Safari Rally 28 February–2 March
  1.   Richard Burns (8h:57m:34s)
  2.   Juha Kankkunen (9h:07m:01s)
  3.   Ari Vatanen (9h:07m:26s)
  1. Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evolution IV
  2. Ford Escort WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC
  Rally Portugal 22 March–25 March
  1.   Colin McRae (4h:20m:58.1s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (4h:21m:00.2s)
  3.   Freddy Loix (4h:21m:43.9s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
  Rally Catalunya 20 April–22 April
  1.   Didier Auriol (4h:18m:36.9s)
  2.   Freddy Loix (4h:19m:30.3s)
  3.   Tommi Mäkinen (4h:19m:46.3s)
  1. Toyota Corolla WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
  Tour de Corse 4 May–6 May
  1.   Colin McRae (4h:02m:46.9s)
  2.   François Delecour (4h:03m:14.1s)
  3.   Piero Liatti (4h:03m:16.9s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
  2. Peugeot 306 Maxi
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
  Rally Argentina 20 May–23 May
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (4h:22m:07.4s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (4h:22m:34.2s)
  3.   Juha Kankkunen (4h:22m:34.9s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC
  Acropolis Rally 7 June–9 June
  1.   Colin McRae (4h:26m:31.6s)
  2.   Didier Auriol (4h:26m:51.6s)
  3.   Juha Kankkunen (4h:27m:15.9s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC
  Rally New Zealand 24 July–27 July
  1.   Carlos Sainz (3h:54m:57.1s)
  2.   Didier Auriol (3h:55m:01.2s)
  3.   Tommi Mäkinen (3h:56m:40.8s)
  1. Toyota Corolla WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
  Rally Finland 21 August–23 August
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (3h:16m:56.1s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (3h:17m:31.7s)
  3.   Juha Kankkunen (3h:17m:41.3s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC
  Rally Sanremo 12 October–14 October
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (4h:34m:34.5s)
  2.   Piero Liatti (4h:34m:50.3s)
  3.   Colin McRae (4h:36m:04.7s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
  Rally Australia 5 November–8 November
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (3h:52m:48.7s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (3h:53m:05.2s)
  3.   Didier Auriol (3h:53m:13.7s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
  Rally of Great Britain 22 November–24 November
  1.   Richard Burns (3h:50m:30.6s)
  2.   Juha Kankkunen (3h:54m:17.1s)
  3.   Bruno Thiry (3h:55m:58.1s)
  1. Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evolution V
  2. Ford Escort WRC
  3. Ford Escort WRC

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