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2001 World Rally Championship
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The 2001 World Rally Championship was the 29th season of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). In a tightly contested year, Subaru's Richard Burns took his first and only drivers' world title, beating Ford's Colin McRae, Mitsubishi's Tommi Mäkinen and the defending champion Marcus Grönholm of Peugeot. Peugeot successfully defended their manufacturers' title.[1]

Contents

CalendarEdit

Round Dates Race
1 19–21 January   Monte Carlo Rally
2 9–11 February   Swedish Rally
3 8–11 March   Rally Portugal
4 23–25 March   Rally Catalunya
5 3–6 May   Rally Argentina
6 1–3 June   Cyprus Rally
7 15–17 June   Acropolis Rally
8 20–22 July   Safari Rally
9 24–26 August   Rally Finland
10 21–23 September   Rally New Zealand
11 4–7 October   Rally Sanremo
12 19–21 October   Tour de Corse
13 1–4 November   Rally Australia
14 23–25 November   Rally of Great Britain

Teams and driversEdit

 
Eventual champion Richard Burns driving a Subaru Impreza WRC at the 2001 Rally Finland.
 
Colin McRae finished runner-up in a Ford Focus RS WRC 01.
Manufacturer teams
Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Co-drivers Rounds
  Peugeot Total Peugeot 206 WRC M 1   Marcus Grönholm   Timo Rautiainen All
2   Didier Auriol   Denis Giraudet All
16   Harri Rovanperä   Risto Pietiläinen 2–3, 5–10, 13–14
  Gilles Panizzi   Hervé Panizzi 1, 4, 11–12
19 13
  Ford Motor Co Ford Focus RS WRC 01 P 3   Carlos Sainz   Luis Moya All
4   Colin McRae   Nicky Grist All
17   François Delecour   Daniel Grataloup 1–13
  Mark Higgins   Bryan Thomas 14
21   Paolo Andreucci   Alessandro Giusti 11
  555 Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 2001 P 5   Richard Burns   Robert Reid All
6   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills All
18   Markko Märtin   Michael Park 1–4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
  Toshihiro Arai   Glenn MacNeall 5–6, 8, 10, 13
21 3, 7, 11–12, 14
29   Neil Wearden   Trevor Agnew 14
  Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5
Lancer WRC
M 7   Tommi Mäkinen   Risto Mannisenmäki 1–12
  Timo Hantunen 13
  Kaj Lindström 14
8   Freddy Loix   Sven Smeets All
19   Thomas Rådström   Christina Thöner 2
  Katsuhiko Taguchi   Derek Ringer 6
  Toni Gardemeister   Paavo Lukander 9–10
  Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai Accent WRC M 9   Piero Liatti   Carlo Cassina 1, 4, 11–12
  Kenneth Eriksson   Staffan Parmander 2–3, 5–7, 9–10, 13–14
10   Alister McRae   David Senior 1–7, 9–14
19   Piero Liatti   Carlo Cassina 14
20 6
  Juha Kankkunen   Juha Repo 9
  Škoda Motorsport Škoda Octavia WRC Evo2 M 11   Armin Schwarz   Manfred Hiemer 1–9, 11–12, 14
12   Bruno Thiry   Stéphane Prévot 1–8, 11–12, 14
  Georges Biar 9
20   Roman Kresta   Jan Tománek 14
21   Stig Blomqvist   Ana Goñi 9
  Roman Kresta   Jan Tománek 8
22 11
  Citroën Sport Citroën Xsara WRC M 14   Philippe Bugalski   Jean-Paul Chiaroni 4, 7, 11–12
15   Jesús Puras   Marc Martí 4, 11–12
  Thomas Rådström   Christina Thöner 7
20   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena 11
Major entries not registered as manufacturers
Team Constructor Car Drivers Rounds
  SEAT Sport SEAT Córdoba WRC   Salvador Cañellas 4
  Marc Blázquez 3–6
  Gwyndaf Evans 14
  Matthias Kahle 7
  H.F. Grifone SRL Peugeot 206 WRC   Toni Gardemeister 1–2
  Gilles Panizzi 3, 6–7, 9, 14
  Simon Jean-Joseph 4, 6–7, 11
  Neil Wearden 6, 9–10, 12
  Jean-Pierre Richelmi 7
  Harri Rovanperä 11–12
  Papadimitriou Team   Ioannis Papadimitriou 2–3, 6–7
  Peugeot Esso Silver Team SG   Adruzilo Lopes 3–4
  Peugeot Bastos Racing   Kris Princen 3–4, 6
  Grégoire de Mévius 14
  Peugeot Sport Finland   Sebastian Lindholm 9
  Peugeot Sport Austria   Raphael Sperrer 9
  F.P.F. Sport   Renato Travaglia 11
  Toyota Castrol Finland Toyota Corolla WRC   Pasi Hagström 2–3, 6–7, 9, 11, 13
  Toyota Castrol Team Denmark   Henrik Lundgaard 2–3, 6–7, 11, 13
  Daniel Carlsson   Daniel Carlsson 2–3, 9, 11
  Telecel/Vodafone Castrol Team   Pedro Matos Chaves 3
  Antony Warmbold   Antony Warmbold 3, 9
  LPM Racing   Janne Tuohino 2, 4, 9, 13
  Juha Kangas 9
  Toyota Team Saudi Arabia   Abdullah Bakhashab 2–3, 6–7, 11, 13
  Leif Asterhag Bil AB   Henning Solberg 2, 3, 9
Subaru Impreza WRC 14
  Oman Arab World Rally Team   Hamed Al-Wahaibi 2–3, 6–7, 9
  F.Dor Rally Team   Frédéric Dor 2–3, 6, 8
  World Rally HIRE   Nigel Heath 2–3, 6–7, 11, 14
  Subaru Benelux   Mark Breijer 4, 11, 14
  Promotor World Rally Team   Achim Mörtl 4, 9, 11–13
  Subaru Rally Team Australia   Possum Bourne 10, 13
  Procar   Ioannis Papadimitriou 11, 14

JWRC entriesEdit

No Entrant Drivers Co-driver Car Rounds
50   Top Run SRL   Manfred Stohl   Ilka Minor Fiat Punto S1600 4, 7, 11–12, 14
  Peter Müller 9
56   Giandomenico Basso   Flavio Guglielmini 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
51   Ford Motor Co   Patrick Magaud   Guylène Brun Ford Puma S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
55   Niall McShea   Michael Orr 4, 7
59   Benoît Rousselot   Gilles Mondésir 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
71   François Duval   Jean-Marc Fortin 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
52   R&D Motorsport   Andrea Dallavilla   Danilo Fappani Fiat Punto S1600 4
  Massimo Chiapponi 7
  Giovanni Bernacchini 9, 11–12, 14
64   Massimo Macaluso   Antonio Celot 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
53   Citroën Sport   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën Saxo S1600 4, 7, 9, 12, 14
55   Niall McShea   Michael Orr 9, 11–12, 14
54   Peugeot Bastos Racing   Larry Cols   Yasmine Gerard Peugeot 206 S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12
  Dany Colebunders 14
57   Team Gamma   Cédric Robert   Marie-Pierre Billoux Peugeot 206 S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12
  Gérald Bedon 14
69   Nicolas Bernardi   Delphine Cavalier 4, 7, 11–12
  Jean-Claude Grau 9
  Bruno Brissart 14
58   Pronto Racing   Sergio Vallejo   Diego Vallejo Fiat Punto S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
67   Albert Llovera   Marc Corral 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
60   Chicco d'Oro   Cyril Henny   Aurore Brand Citroën Saxo S1600 4, 7
61   Bluthunder Racing Italy   Corrado Fontana   Renzo Casazza Peugeot 206 S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
62   ST-Motors   Jussi Välimäki   Jakke Honkanen Peugeot 206 S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
63   Zeta Racing   Martin Stenshorne   Clive Jenkins Ford Puma S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
65   Astra Racing   Alejandro Galanti   Daniel Muzio Ford Puma S1600 4
  Fernando Zuleta 7, 9
  Xavier Amigó 11–12, 14
68   Fiat Ceccato   Massimo Ceccato   Mitia Dotta Fiat Punto S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12, 14
72   Saladin Rallying   Saladin Mazlan   Timothy Sturla Fiat Punto S1600 4
Ford Puma S1600 7, 9, 11–12
Citroën Saxo S1600 14
73   Hawk Racing Club   Christian Chemin   Matteo Alberto Bacchin Fiat Punto S1600 4, 7, 9, 11–12
  Simone Scattolin 14

Results and standingsEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
POR
 
ESP
 
ARG
 
CYP
 
GRE
 
KEN
 
FIN
 
NZL
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Richard Burns Ret 16 4 7 2 2 Ret Ret 2 1 Ret 4 2 3 44
2   Colin McRae Ret 9 Ret Ret 1 1 1 Ret 3 2 8 11 5 Ret 42
3   Tommi Mäkinen 1 Ret 1 3 4 Ret 4 1 Ret 8 Ret Ret 6 Ret 41
4   Marcus Grönholm Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 5 7 Ret 1 1 36
5   Harri Rovanperä 1 Ret Ret Ret 3 2 4 3 11 7 4 2 36
6   Carlos Sainz 2 3 2 5 3 3 Ret Ret 6 4 4 Ret 8 Ret 33
7   Didier Auriol Ret Ret 8 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 3 3 3 7 23
8   Gilles Panizzi Ret 12 2 Ret Ret 14 1 2 9 Ret 22
9   François Delecour 3 5 5 6 7 Ret 5 4 Ret 12 6 10 Ret 15
10   Petter Solberg Ret 6 Ret Ret 5 Ret 2 Ret 7 7 9 5 7 Ret 11
11   Jesús Puras Ret Ret Ret 1 10
12   Armin Schwarz 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 7 3 15 Ret Ret 5 9
13   Freddy Loix 6 13 Ret 4 6 5 9 5 10 11 12 12 11 Ret 9
14   Sébastien Loeb 15 Ret 15 19 28 2 13 Ret 6
15   Thomas Rådström 2 Ret Ret 6
16   Toni Gardemeister 5 4 Ret 15 5
17   Alister McRae 7 Ret 6 11 9 7 15 13 9 Ret 9 10 4 4
18   Toshihiro Arai Ret 8 4 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 10 3
19   Markko Märtin Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 6 Ret 3
20   Renato Travaglia 5 2
21   Philippe Bugalski 14 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret 1
22   Kenneth Eriksson 8 7 Ret Ret Ret 12 10 12 6 1
23   Pasi Hagström Ret 10 6 Ret 9 Ret 16 1
24   Gabriel Pozzo 12 Ret 18 10 13 13 6 26 18 23 18 1
Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
POR
 
ESP
 
ARG
 
CYP
 
GRE
 
KEN
 
FIN
 
NZL
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
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
 
POR
 
ESP
 
ARG
 
CYP
 
GRE
 
KEN
 
FIN
 
NZL
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
AUS
 
GBR
 
Points
1   Peugeot Total 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 4 7 Ret 1 1 106
2 Ret Ret 7 1 Ret Ret Ret 5 2 2
16 2 2 4 1 1 3 2
2   Ford Motor Co 3 2 2 2 5 3 3 Ret Ret 5 3 3 Ret 7 Ret 86
4 Ret 5 Ret Ret 1 1 1 Ret 3 2 4 7 4 Ret
3   Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart 7 1 Ret 1 3 4 Ret 3 1 Ret 7 Ret Ret 5 Ret 69
8 4 Ret 4 6 4 5 4 6 8 9 Ret
19 1 Ret 10
4   555 Subaru World Rally Team 5 Ret 7 4 6 2 2 Ret Ret 2 1 Ret 3 2 3 66
6 Ret 3 Ret Ret 5 Ret 2 Ret 6 6 5 4 6 Ret
18 (5)
5   Škoda Motorsport 11 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 4 3 8 Ret Ret 5 17
12 6 6 Ret 7 Ret 6 6 Ret 9 7 Ret 8
6   Hyundai World Rally Team 9 Ret 4 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 9 Ret 5 10 6 17
10 5 Ret 5 8 7 5 7 8 Ret 6 8 4
20 Ret
Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
 
SWE
 
POR
 
ESP
 
ARG
 
CYP
 
GRE
 
KEN
 
FIN
 
NZL
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
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)

JWRC Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos. Driver ESP
 
GRE
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Sébastien Loeb 1 1 1 1 1 50
2   Andrea Dallavilla 5 2 2 1 2 Ret 30
3   Niall McShea Ret Ret Ret 4 4 2 12
4   Larry Cols Ret Ret 4 3 11 3 11
5   Giandomenico Basso 2 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 10
6   Martin Stenshorne 4 3 Ret 8 6 Ret 8
7   François Duval Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 6
8   Corrado Fontana 3 Ret 5 7 Ret Ret 6
9   Jussi Välimäki Ret 7 3 Ret 12 Ret 4
10   Alejandro Galanti Ret Ret 6 12 10 4 4
11   Patrick Magaud Ret 5 Ret 5 Ret 4
12   Cédric Robert 7 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
13   Sergio Vallejo Ret Ret Ret 6 5 Ret 3
14   Saladin Mazlan Ret 8 Ret 11 Ret 5 2
15   Massimo Ceccato Ret 6 Ret Ret 9 6 2
16   Christian Chemin 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 1
Pos. Driver ESP
 
GRE
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
FRA
 
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)

EventsEdit

Rally name Start-end date Podium drivers
(Finishing time)
Podium cars
  Monte Carlo Rally 19 January–21 January
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (4h:38m:04.3s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (4h:39m:05.1s)
  3.   François Delecour (4h:40m:09.6s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6.5
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  Swedish Rally 9 February–11 February
  1.   Harri Rovanperä (3h:27m:01.1s)
  2.   Thomas Rådström (3h:27m:29.0s)
  3.   Carlos Sainz (3h:27m:38.1s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo 6.5
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  Rally Portugal 8 March–11 March
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (3h:46m:42.1s)
  2.   Carlos Sainz (3h:46m:50.7s)
  3.   Marcus Grönholm (3h:49m:37.7s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6.5
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
  Rally Catalunya 23 March–25 March
  1.   Didier Auriol (3h:40m:54.7s)
  2.   Gilles Panizzi (3h:41m:17.9s)
  3.   Tommi Mäkinen (3h:41m:56.1s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6.5
  Rally Argentina 3 May–6 May
  1.   Colin McRae (4h:18m:25.3s)
  2.   Richard Burns (4h:18m:52.2s)
  3.   Carlos Sainz (4h:20m:11.7s)
  1. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  Cyprus Rally 1 June–3 June
  1.   Colin McRae (5h:07m:32.7s)
  2.   Richard Burns (5h:07m:49.1s)
  3.   Carlos Sainz (5h:07m:59.2s)
  1. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  Acropolis Rally 15 June–17 June
  1.   Colin McRae (4h:19m:01.9s)
  2.   Petter Solberg (4h:19m:50.9s)
  3.   Harri Rovanperä (4h:20m:37.6s)
  1. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
  Safari Rally 20 July–22 July
  1.   Tommi Mäkinen (8h:58m:37s)
  2.   Harri Rovanperä (9h:11m:14s)
  3.   Armin Schwarz (9h:16m:12s)
  1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6.5
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Škoda Octavia WRC
  Rally Finland 24 August–26 August
  1.   Marcus Grönholm (3h:23m:12.8s)
  2.   Richard Burns (3h:23m:37.8s)
  3.   Colin McRae (3h:23m:45.1s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  Rally New Zealand 21 September–23 September
  1.   Richard Burns (3h:47m:28.0s)
  2.   Colin McRae (3h:48m:12.6s)
  3.   Harri Rovanperä (3h:48m:18.1s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 01
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
  Rally Sanremo 5 October–7 October
  1.   Gilles Panizzi (4h:05m:49.5s)
  2.   Sébastien Loeb (4h:06m:00.9s)
  3.   Didier Auriol (4h:06m:44.4s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Citroen Xsara WRC
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
  Tour de Corse 19 October–21 October
  1.   Jesús Puras (3h:58m:35.5s)
  2.   Gilles Panizzi (3h:58m:53.0s)
  3.   Didier Auriol (3h:59m:47.4s)
  1. Citroen Xsara WRC
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
  Rally Australia 1 November–4 November
  1.   Marcus Grönholm (3h:17m:01.3s)
  2.   Richard Burns (3h:17m:41.7s)
  3.   Didier Auriol (3h:18m:21.4s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC2001
  3. Peugeot 206 WRC
  Rally of Great Britain 22 November–25 November
  1.   Marcus Grönholm (3h:23m:44.8s)
  2.   Harri Rovanperä (3h:26m:11.9s)
  3.   Richard Burns (3h:27m:00.2s)
  1. Peugeot 206 WRC
  2. Peugeot 206 WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC2001

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Burns crowned World Rally champion". RTÉ. 25 November 2001. Retrieved 16 June 2011.