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2002 Race of Champions
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The 2002 Race of Champions took place on November 29 to December 1 at Gran Canaria. It was the 15th running of the event, and the 11th at Gran Canaria.

The vehicles used were the Peugeot 206 WRC, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Group N, the SEAT Córdoba WRC and the ROC Buggy.

The individual competition was won by Marcus Grönholm, whilst the Nations' Cup was won by USA with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Colin Edwards.

ParticipantsEdit

Junior Rally MastersEdit

Group StageEdit

Driver Races Wins Losses Best Time
  François Duval 3 3 0 2:12.00
  Francisco Suárez 3 2 1 2:17.47
  Dani Solà 3 1 2 2:17.54
  Niall McShea 3 0 3 2:18.09
Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
  François Duval 2:15.37   Dani Solà 2:19.26
  Francisco Suárez 2:19.89   Niall McShea 2:22.01
  Niall McShea 2:19.76   François Duval 2:14.01
  Dani Solà 2:19.58   Francisco Suárez 2:17.47
  Francisco Suárez 2:15.41   François Duval 2:12.00
  Dani Solà 2:17.54   Niall McShea 2:18.09

FinalEdit

 
Final
 
  
 
 
 
 
  François Duval2
 
 
  Francisco Suárez0
 
Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
  François Duval 2:10.92   Francisco Suárez 2:13.52
  François Duval 2:00.99   Francisco Suárez 2:05.28

Nations' CupEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos. Team Races Wins Losses Total Time Driver Wins Losses Best Time
1   Finland 6 4 2 5:54.06   Marcus Grönholm 2 0 1:57.55
  JJ Lehto 0 2 1:55.91
  Kari Tiainen 2 0 2:00.60
2   Sweden 6 4 2 5:56.11   Thomas Rådström 1 1 1:58.02
  Kenny Brack 2 0 1:52.96
  Tony Rickardsson 1 1 2:05.13
3   UK 6 1 5 6:01.47   Robbie Head 0 2 1:58.93
  James Thompson 1 1 1:54.45
  James Haydon 0 2 2:08.09
Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2
  UK 1–2   Finland
James Haydon 2:08.09 Kari Tiainen 2:03.86
James Thompson 1:56.80 JJ Lehto 1:57.34
Robbie Head 2:03.07 Marcus Grönholm 1:59.69
  Finland 2–1   Sweden
Kari Tiainen 2:00.60 Tony Rickardsson 2:05.13
JJ Lehto 1:55.91 Kenny Brack 1:54.51
Marcus Grönholm 1:57.55 Thomas Rådström 2:00.06
  Sweden 3–0   UK
Tony Rickardsson 2:06.49 James Haydon DNF
Kenny Brack 1:52.96 James Thompson 1:54.45
Thomas Rådström 1:58.02 Robbie Head 1:58.93

Group BEdit

Pos. Team Races Wins Losses Total Time Driver Wins Losses Best Time
1   Italy 6 5 1 5:46.71   Renato Travaglia 1 1 1:56.80
  Fabrizio Giovanardi 2 0 1:52.67
  Marco Melandri 2 0 1:57.24
2   France 6 3 3 5:47.11   Sébastien Loeb 2 0 1:55.95
  Sébastien Bourdais 0 2 1:53.54
  Mickaël Maschio 1 1 1:57.62
3   Germany 6 1 5 5:55.80   Walter Röhrl 0 2 1:56.89
  Nick Heidfeld 1 1 1:53.44
  Pit Beirer 0 2 2:05.47
Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2
  Italy 3–0   Germany
Marco Melandri 2:00.46 Pit Beirer 2:05.47
Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:53.40 Nick Heidfeld 1:55.41
Renato Travaglia 1:57.44 Walter Röhrl 2:14.35
  Germany 1–2   France
Pit Beirer 2:07.68 Mickaël Maschio 1:59.29
Nick Heidfeld 1:53.44 Sébastien Bourdais 1:53.60
Walter Röhrl 1:56.89 Sébastien Loeb 1:56.41
  France 1–2   Italy
Mickaël Maschio 1:57.62 Marco Melandri 1:57.24
Sébastien Bourdais 1:53.54 Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:52.67
Sébastien Loeb 1:55.95 Renato Travaglia 1:56.80
  • France made the semi-finals by having the fastest times of the losing teams.

Group CEdit

Pos. Team Races Wins Losses Total Time Driver Wins Losses Best Time
1   USA 6 4 2 5:48.42   Jimmie Johnson 1 1 1:58.52
  Jeff Gordon 1 1 1:53.44
  Colin Edwards 2 0 1:56.43
2   Spain 6 4 2 5:50.61   Jesús Puras 2 0 1:57.60
  Fernando Alonso 1 2 1:53.84
  Carlos Checa 1 1 1:59.17
3   Brazil 6 1 5 5:59.08   Antônio Pizzonia 0 2 2:02.53
  Cristiano da Matta 1 1 1:58.26
  Alex Barros 0 2 1:58.29
Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2
  USA 2–1   Brazil
Colin Edwards 1:56.97 Alex Barros 1:58.29
Jeff Gordon 2:07.03 Cristiano da Matta 2:03.48
Jimmie Johnson 2:02.44 Antônio Pizzonia 2:04.36
  Brazil 0–3   Spain
Alex Barros 1:59.42 Carlos Checa 1:59.27
Cristiano da Matta 1:58.26 Fernando Alonso 1:54.07
Antônio Pizzonia 2:02.53 Jesús Puras 1:58.81
  Spain 1–2   USA
Carlos Checa 1:59.17 Colin Edwards 1:56.43
Fernando Alonso 1:53.84 Jeff Gordon 1:53.47
Jesús Puras 1:57.60 Jimmie Johnson 1:58.52

Best TimesEdit

Pos. Rally Racing Motorcycle
Driver Best Time Driver Best Time Driver Best Time
1   Sébastien Loeb 1:55.95   Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:52.67   Colin Edwards 1:56.43
2   Renato Travaglia 1:56.80   Kenny Brack 1:52.96   Marco Melandri 1:57.24
3   Walter Röhrl 1:56.89   Nick Heidfeld 1:53.44   Mickaël Maschio 1:57.62
4   Marcus Grönholm 1:57.55   Jeff Gordon 1:53.44   Alex Barros 1:58.29
5   Jesús Puras 1:57.60   Sébastien Bourdais 1:53.54   Carlos Checa 1:59.17
6   Thomas Rådström 1:58.02   Fernando Alonso 1:53.84   Kari Tiainen 2:00.60
7   Jimmie Johnson 1:58.52   James Thompson 1:54.45   Tony Rickardsson 2:05.13
8   Robbie Head 1:58.93   JJ Lehto 1:55.91   Pit Beirer 2:05.47
9   Antônio Pizzonia 2:02.53   Cristiano da Matta 1:58.26   James Haydon 2:08.09

Knockout stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Italy3
 
 
 
  Finland1
 
  Italy1
 
 
 
  USA3
 
  USA3
 
 
  France2
 

SemifinalsEdit

Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2
  Finland 1–3   Italy
Kari Tiainen 2:01.71 Marco Melandri 1:57.85
JJ Lehto 1:56.60 Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:55.27
Marcus Grönholm 1:58.58 Renato Travaglia 2:00.50
Kari Tiainen 1:59.99 Marco Melandri 1:56.91
  USA 3–2   France
Colin Edwards 1:57.67 Mickaël Maschio 1:58.84
Jeff Gordon 2:04.94 (penalty) Sébastien Bourdais 1:54.27
Jimmie Johnson 1:58.11 Sébastien Loeb 1:58.02
Colin Edwards 1:56.25 Mickaël Maschio DNF
Jeff Gordon 1:53.20 Sébastien Bourdais 1:56.47

FinalEdit

Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2
  Italy 1–3   USA
Marco Melandri 1:57.25 Colin Edwards 1:56.16
Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:54.02 Jeff Gordon 1:53.87
Renato Travaglia 1:54.01 Jimmie Johnson 1:54.67
Marco Melandri 3:04.83 Colin Edwards 2:12.99

Race of ChampionsEdit

Participation in the main Race of Champions was awarded primarily on the basis of having the best times in the Nations' Cup. There were several exceptions to this rule however - Harri Rovanperä, as the defending champion, was guaranteed a spot, whilst Colin Edwards, despite having the best time among motorcyclists in the Nations' Cup, did not participate. François Duval secured his place by winning the Junior event, Luis Monzón won the Spanish Masters event, and Stig Blomqvist was an invited 'seeded' driver. Jimmie Johnson received a 'wild-card' entry, replacing Nations' Cup teammate Jeff Gordon who was sidelined by food poisoning.[1]

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Driver Races Wins Losses Best Time
  François Duval 3 2 1 1:54.15
  Luis Monzón 3 2 1 1:55.80
  Stig Blomqvist 3 1 2 1:55.23
  Jesús Puras 3 1 2 1:57.27
Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
  Jesús Puras 1:57.27   Stig Blomqvist 1:58.06
  Jesús Puras 1:57.62   François Duval 1:55.20
  Jesús Puras 1:56.74   Luis Monzón 1:55.80
  François Duval 1:54.60   Stig Blomqvist 1:55.44
  Stig Blomqvist 1:55.23   Luis Monzón DNF
  François Duval 2:04.15 (penalty)   Luis Monzón 1:56.95

Group BEdit

Driver Races Wins Losses Best Time
  Kenny Brack 3 3 0 1:54.92
  Marco Melandri 3 2 1 1:53.74
  Renato Travaglia 3 1 2 1:58.96
  Fabrizio Giovanardi 3 0 3 1:54.50
Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
  Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:58.98   Renato Travaglia 1:58.96
  Kenny Brack 1:55.44   Renato Travaglia 1:56.61
  Renato Travaglia 1:56.62   Marco Melandri 1:55.17
  Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:55.55   Kenny Brack 1:54.92
  Fabrizio Giovanardi 1:54.50   Marco Melandri 1:53.74
  Marco Melandri Withdrew   Kenny Brack Bye

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Marcus Grönholm2
 
 
 
  Jimmie Johnson0
 
  Marcus Grönholm2
 
 
 
  François Duval0
 
  Marco Melandri0
 
 
 
  François Duval2
 
  Marcus Grönholm2
 
 
 
  Sébastien Loeb1
 
  Sébastien Loeb2
 
 
 
  Luis Monzón0
 
  Sébastien Loeb2
 
 
 
  Harri Rovanperä0
 
  Harri Rovanperä2
 
 
  Kenny Brack1
 

QuarterfinalsEdit

Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
  Marcus Grönholm 1:57.71   Jimmie Johnson 1:57.94
  Marcus Grönholm 1:53.29   Jimmie Johnson DNF
  Marco Melandri DNF   François Duval 2:02.30
  Marco Melandri 3:18.78   François Duval 2:26.20
  Sébastien Loeb 1:57.85   Luis Monzón 2:00.49
  Sébastien Loeb 1:57.87   Luis Monzón 1:58.87
  Harri Rovanperä 1:58.28   Kenny Brack 1:58.88
  Harri Rovanperä 1:54.46   Kenny Brack 1:53.98
  Harri Rovanperä 1:54.32   Kenny Brack 2:40.90

SemifinalsEdit

Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
  Marcus Grönholm 1:59.32   François Duval 2:25.41
  Marcus Grönholm 1:52.65   François Duval DNF
  Sébastien Loeb 1:57.19   Harri Rovanperä 1:57.88
  Sébastien Loeb 1:53.81   Harri Rovanperä 1:54.81

FinalEdit

Driver 1 Time 1 Driver 2 Time 2
  Marcus Grönholm 1:53.07   Sébastien Loeb 1:53.15
  Marcus Grönholm 1:52.05   Sébastien Loeb 1:51.54
  Marcus Grönholm 1:51.87   Sébastien Loeb 1:52.74

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "USA wins the Nations Cup". Retrieved 17 December 2012.

External linksEdit