1999 World Rally Championship

1999 World Rally Championship
World Drivers' Champion:
Tommi Mäkinen
World Manufacturers' Champion:
Toyota
Previous: 1998 Next: 2000

The 1999 World Rally Championship was the 27th season of the FIA World Rally Championship. The season consisted of 14 rallies. Tommi Mäkinen won his fourth drivers' world championship driving for Mitsubishi, ahead of Richard Burns and Didier Auriol. The manufacturers' title was won by Toyota, ahead of Subaru and Mitsubishi.

In an upset predicted two years earlier a two-wheel-drive car won a rally for the first time since Alain Oreille won the 1989 Rallye Côte d'Ivoire in his Renault 5 when Philippe Bugalski took his Citroën Xsara Kit Car to victory in the Rally Catalunya. Bugalski backed it up three weeks later winning the Tour de Corse. With such specialised tarmac cars now beating WRC cars while at the same time not competing in the FIA 2-Litre World Rally Cup designed for them a revamp of two-wheel-drive regulations was created for the 2000 season.

CalendarEdit

The 1999 championship was contested over fourteen rounds in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and Oceania.

Round Dates Race
1 17–20 January   Monte Carlo Rally
2 12–14 February   Swedish Rally
3 25–28 February   Safari Rally
4 21–24 March   Rally Portugal
5 19–21 April   Rally Catalunya
6 7–9 May   Tour de Corse
7 22–25 May   Rally Argentina
8 6–9 June   Acropolis Rally
9 15–18 July   Rally New Zealand
10 20–22 August   Rally Finland
11 17–19 September   China Rally
12 11–13 October   Rally Sanremo
13 4–7 November   Rally Australia
14 21–23 November   Rally of Great Britain

Teams and driversEdit

Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Rounds
  Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI M 1   Tommi Mäkinen All
2   Freddy Loix 1–3, 5–14
  Marcus Grönholm 4
22   Hamed Al-Wahaibi 2–13
  Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Corolla WRC M 3   Carlos Sainz All
4   Didier Auriol All
12   Ian Duncan 3
18   Neal Bates 13
  Takuma Kamada 9, 11
19   Pasi Hagström 2, 4, 10
  Pedro Chaves 4
26   Henrik Lundgaard 1, 5–6, 12
32   Isolde Holderied 1, 6, 12
42   Matthias Kahle 3, 8–9, 14
45   Martin Brundle 14
52   Jonny Milner 14
  Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 99 P 5   Richard Burns All
6   Juha Kankkunen 1–4, 7–14
  Bruno Thiry 5–6
14   Bruno Thiry 1–4
  Juha Kankkunen 5
17   Possum Bourne 9, 13
  Ford Motor Co Ford Focus RS WRC 99 M 7   Colin McRae All
8   Simon Jean-Joseph 1, 5–6, 12
  Thomas Rådström 2, 7–11, 13–14
  Petter Solberg 3–4
20   Petter Solberg 2, 10, 12, 14
  SEAT Sport SEAT Córdoba WRC P 9   Harri Rovanperä All
10   Piero Liatti 1, 3–8, 11–12
  Marcus Grönholm 2
  Toni Gardemeister 9–10, 13–14
16   Gwyndaf Evans 14
20   Toni Gardemeister 12
  Škoda Motorsport Škoda Octavia WRC M 11   Armin Schwarz 1, 4–5, 8, 10, 12, 14
12   Pavel Sibera 1, 5
  Emil Triner 4, 8, 10, 12
  Bruno Thiry 14
  Peugeot Esso Peugeot 206 WRC M 14   François Delecour 6, 8, 10, 12–14
15   Gilles Panizzi 6, 12
  Marcus Grönholm 8, 10, 13–14
21   Marcus Grönholm 12
22   Gilles Panizzi 10, 14
  Citroën Sport Citroën Xsara F2 M 18   Philippe Bugalski 5–6, 12
19   Jesús Puras 5–6, 12
  Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai Coupe Evo 2 M 24   Alister McRae 2, 4–5, 8–14
26   Kenneth Eriksson 2, 4–5, 8–14

Results and standingsEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
CHN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Tommi Mäkinen 1 1 DSQ 5 3 62 4 3 1 Ret2 Ret 1 3 Ret 62
2   Richard Burns 8 5 Ret 4 5 7 2 1 Ret 2 2 Ret 1 1 55
3   Didier Auriol 3 4 2 3 2 51 3 Ret 4 Ret1 1 3 Ret Ret 52
4   Juha Kankkunen 2 6 Ret Ret 6 1 Ret 2 1 4 6 Ret 2 44
5   Carlos Sainz Ret 2 3 2 Ret 33 5 2 6 3 3 Ret 2 Ret 44
6   Colin McRae DSQ Ret 1 1 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 23
7   Philippe Bugalski Ret 1 1 Ret 20
8   Freddy Loix Ret 9 Ret 4 8 Ret 4 8 10 Ret 4 4 5 14
9   Harri Rovanperä 7 16 6 Ret 14 13 Ret Ret Ret 5 5 16 6 3 10
10   Gilles Panizzi Ret Ret 33 2 7 6
11   Jesús Puras Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 16 6
12   Thomas Rådström 3 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 6 6
13   Toni Gardemeister 14 33 Ret 3 63 Ret 16 Ret 6
14   Bruno Thiry 5 10 Ret 6 7 Ret 4 6
15   Marcus Grönholm Ret Ret Ret 4 8 5 Ret 5
16   François Delecour 4 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 3
17   Ian Duncan 4 3
18   Markko Märtin 8 Ret 5 Ret Ret 8 2
19   Petter Solberg 11 5 11 12 27 9 2
20   Possum Bourne 5 Ret 2
21   Andrea Aghini 5 2
22   Volkan Işık 7 11 Ret Ret 15 6 15 1
23   Piero Liatti 6 Ret Ret 10 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1
24   Leonídas Kyrkos 6 1
Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
CHN
 
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)

Manufacturers' championshipEdit

Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
CHN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
Points
1   Toyota Castrol Team 3 Ret 2 3 2 Ret 13 5 2 5 3 3 Ret 2 Ret 109
4 3 4 2 3 1 31 3 Ret 4 Ret1 1 3 Ret Ret
2   Subaru World Rally Team 5 6 5 Ret 4 4 5 2 1 Ret 2 2 Ret 1 1 105
6 2 6 Ret Ret 5 Ret 1 Ret 2 1 4 5 Ret 2
3   Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart 1 1 1 EX 5 2 42 4 3 1 Ret2 Ret 1 3 Ret 83
2 Ret 7 Ret Ret 3 6 Ret 4 6 8 Ret 4 4 5
4   Ford Motor Co 7 EX Ret 1 1 Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 37
8 EX 3 4 6 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 7 6
5   SEAT Sport 9 5 8 5 Ret 7 8 Ret Ret Ret 5 5 7 6 3 23
10 4 Ret Ret Ret 6 7 Ret Ret 3 63 Ret Ret 8 Ret
6   Peugeot Esso 14 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 11
15 Ret Ret 4 2 5 Ret
7   Škoda Motorsport 11 Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 6
12 Ret Ret Ret 6 9 8 4
Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
CHN
 
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)

Notes:
1 2 3 – Indicate position on TV Covered Stage

FIA Teams' CupEdit

Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
CHN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Luís Clíment Ret 2 2 2 1 1 1 Ret Ret 1 58
2   Volkan Işık 1 2 Ret Ret 1 1 1 46
3   Frédéric Dor 1 3 1 3 2 2 Ret 40
4   Hamed Al-Wahaibi Ret 4 2 Ret 4 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 28
5   Abdullah Bakhashab Ret 3 Ret 2 Ret 2 Ret 16
NC   Krzysztof Hołowczyc 1 Ret 2 16
NC   Michael Guest Ret 5 Ret Ret 2 Ret 8
Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
CHN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
 Pts 

Production World Rally ChampionshipEdit

Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
CHN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Gustavo Trelles 2 6 2 3 1 1 Ret 1 Ret 2 Ret Ret 69
2   Hamed Al-Wahaibi 9 1 Ret 1 3 Ret 1 2 Ret Ret 6 Ret 53
3   Toshihiro Arai 4 1 1 29
4   Manfred Stohl Ret 4 4 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 3 2 Ret 27
5   Jouko Puhakka 1 Ret Ret Ret 1 26
6   Ramón Ferreyros 4 2 Ret 1 24
7   Gianluigi Galli 7 Ret Ret Ret 6 1 24
8   Marc Duez 1 13
9   Miguel Campos 1 13
10   Jani Paasonen 3 2 13
11   Katsuhiko Taguchi 3 3 4 13
12   Stig-Olov Walfridson 2 8
13   Luis Climent Ret 8 2 8
14   Giovanni Manfrinato 2 8
15   Jorge Recalde 2 8
16   Ed Ordynski 2 8
17   Richard Tuthill 2 8
18   Christophe Spiliotis 3 5
19   Hideaki Miyoshi 3 5
20   Juha Kangas Ret 3 8 Ret Ret 5
21   Claudio Menzi 3 5
22   Gaby Goudezeune 3 5
23   Mario Stagni 3 5
24   Uwe Nittel 3 5
21   Gavin Cox 3 5
Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
KEN
 
POR
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
GRE
 
NZL
 
FIN
 
CHN
 
ITA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
 Pts 

FIA 2 Litre World Cup for ManufacturersEdit

() Denotes dropped score.

Pos Entrant R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 Pts
1 Renault 16 (3) 0 (7) 10 16 10 10 (4) 16 0 16 8 (6) 102
2 Hyundai 0 0 10 16 0 0 0 13 16 4 16 0 13 7 95
NC(*) Volkswagen 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 4 0 0 25

(*) – Volkswagen were not classified for not homologating their Golf Kit Car at the start of the season.

EventsEdit

Rally Name Start-End Date Podium Drivers
(Finishing Time)
Podium Cars
  Monte Carlo Rally 17 January–20 January
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (5h:16m:50.6s)
  2.   Juha Kankkunen (5h:18m:35.3s)
  3.   Didier Auriol (5h:20m:43.4s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
  Swedish Rally 12 February–14 February
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (3h:29m:15.6s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (3h:29m:33.7s)
  3.   Thomas Rådström (3h:29m:53.4s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Ford Focus WRC
  Safari Rally 26 February–28 February
  1.   Colin McRae (8h:41m:39s)
  2.   Didier Auriol (8h:56m:05s)
  3.   Carlos Sainz (8h:59m:46s)
  1. Ford Focus WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
  Rally Portugal 21 March–24 March
  1.   Colin McRae (4h:05m:41.7s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (4h:05m:54.0s)
  3.   Didier Auriol (4h:05m:58.2s)
  1. Ford Focus WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
  Rally Catalunya 19 April–21 April
  1.   Philippe Bugalski (4h:13m:45.6s)
  2.   Didier Auriol (4h:14m:17.4s)
  3.   Tommi Mäkinen (4h:16m:06.7s)
  1. Citroën Xsara Kit Car
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
  Tour de Corse 7 May–9 May
  1.   Philippe Bugalski (3h:44m:35.7s)
  2.   Jesús Puras (3h:45m:10.4s)
  3.   Carlos Sainz (3h:45m:45.0s)
  1. Citroën Xsara Kit Car
  2. Citroën Xsara Kit Car
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
  Rally Argentina 22 May–25 May
  1.   Juha Kankkunen (4h:17m:15.4s)
  2.   Richard Burns (4h:17m:17.8s)
  3.   Didier Auriol (4h:17m:55.0s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
  Acropolis Rally 6 June–9 June
  1.   Richard Burns (4h:21m:21.2s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (4h:22m:22.5s)
  3.   Tommi Mäkinen (4h:24m:01.2s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
  Rally New Zealand 15 July–18 July
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (4h:11m:07.1s)
  2.   Juha Kankkunen (4h:12m:44.1s)
  3.   Toni Gardemeister (4h:13m:56.1s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. SEAT Córdoba WRC
  Rally Finland 20 August–22 August
  1.   Juha Kankkunen (3h:08m:54.5s)
  2.   Richard Burns (3h:09m:04.2s)
  3.   Carlos Sainz (3h:09m:12.5s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
  Rally China 17 September–19 September
  1.   Didier Auriol (3h:38m:36.6s)
  2.   Richard Burns (3h:39m:32.4s)
  3.   Carlos Sainz (3h:40m:56.0s)
  1. Toyota Corolla WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
  Rally Sanremo 11 October–13 October
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (4h:26m:45.0s)
  2.   Gilles Panizzi (4h:27m:03.0s)
  3.   Didier Auriol (4h:27m:27.2s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Toyota Corolla WRC
  Rally Australia 4 November–7 November
  1.   Richard Burns (3h:44m:31.5s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (3h:44m:43.1s)
  3.   Tommi Mäkinen (3h:49m:02.9s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC
  2. Toyota Corolla WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6
  Rally of Great Britain 23 November–26 November
  1.   Richard Burns (3h:53m:44.2s)
  2.   Juha Kankkunen (3h:55m:31.5s)
  3.   Harri Rovanperä (3h:58m:39.5s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC
  3. SEAT Córdoba WRC E2

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