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2005 World Rally Championship
World Drivers' Champion:
Sébastien Loeb
World Manufacturers' Champion:
Citroën
Previous: 2004 Next: 2006

The 2005 World Rally Championship was the 33rd season in the FIA World Rally Championship. The season began on January 21 with the Monte-Carlo Rally and ended on November 13 with the Rally Australia.

In the drivers' world championship, Citroën Total's Sébastien Loeb successfully defended his title, finishing a record 56 points ahead of Subaru's Petter Solberg and Peugeot's Marcus Grönholm. Loeb also set several other records during the season. He won ten world rallies, beating the previous record of six held by him (2004) and Didier Auriol (1992). He also took six consecutive wins, beating Timo Salonen's 20-year-old record of four. Peugeot's Markko Märtin retired after his co-driver Michael Park was fatally injured in their crash at the Wales Rally GB.

Citroën took the manufacturers' title for the third year in a row, well ahead of Subaru and Ford. PSA Peugeot Citroën still went ahead with their plan to withdraw both Citroën and Peugeot from the series after the season. More blows to manufacturer involvement in the series followed when Mitsubishi and Škoda announced the withdrawal of their factory teams. However, the 2006 season would see Citroën and Škoda continue as the semi-works teams Kronos Citroën and Red Bull Škoda Team, respectively.

The video game WRC: Rally Evolved was based on this season.

Contents

Regulation changesEdit

Drivers' and co-drivers' helmets are now required to be equipped with a HANS device.

CalendarEdit

Round Dates Rally
1 21–23 January   Monte Carlo Rally
2 11–13 February   Swedish Rally
3 11–13 March   Rally Mexico
4 7–10 April   Rally New Zealand
5 28 April-1 May   Rally d'Italia Sardegna
6 13–15 May   Cyprus Rally
7 3–5 June   Rally of Turkey
8 23–26 June   Acropolis Rally
9 14–17 July   Rally Argentina
10 4–7 August   Rally Finland
11 26–28 August   Rallye Deutschland
12 15–18 September   Wales Rally GB
13 29 September-2 October   Rally Japan
14 21–23 October   Tour de Corse
15 27–30 October   Rally Catalunya
16 10–13 November   Rally Australia

Teams and driversEdit

World Rally Championship entriesEdit

Manufacturer teams
Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Rounds
  Citroën Total Citroën Xsara WRC M 1   Sébastien Loeb All
2   François Duval 1–6, 9–16
  Carlos Sainz 7–8
  BP Ford World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 04/06 M 3   Toni Gardemeister All
4   Roman Kresta 1, 4–9, 11–16
  Henning Solberg 2
  Daniel Solà 3
  Mikko Hirvonen 10
14   Roman Kresta 2–3, 10
  Henning Solberg 5–8, 10, 12
  Daniel Solà 11, 13–16
15   Antony Warmbold All
  Luís Pérez Companc 4, 9
  Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 2004/5 P 5   Petter Solberg All
6   Stéphane Sarrazin 1–2, 11, 14–15
  Chris Atkinson 3–10, 12–13, 16
16 2, 11, 14–15
  Stéphane Sarrazin 5, 8, 12
  Marlboro Peugeot Total Peugeot 307 WRC P 7   Marcus Grönholm All
8   Markko Märtin 1–12
  Daniel Carlsson 13, 16
  Nicolas Bernardi 14–15
19   Daniel Carlsson 2
25   Sebastian Lindholm 10
  Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports Mitsubishi Lancer WRC 05 P 9   Harri Rovanperä All
10   Gilles Panizzi 1, 3, 6, 13–14
  Gianluigi Galli 2, 4–5, 7–12, 15–16
18 13–14
  Škoda Motorsport Škoda Fabia WRC M 11   Armin Schwarz 1, 3–16
  Mattias Ekström 2
12   Alexandre Bengué 1, 11, 14–15
  Janne Tuohino 2, 4–8
  Jani Paasonen 3, 9–10
  Colin McRae 12, 16
  Mikko Hirvonen 13
17   Janne Tuohino 10
  Jan Kopecký 11, 14–15
18   Jani Paasonen 2, 8
Major entries not registered as manufacturers
  OMV World Rally Team Citroën Xsara WRC M 16   Manfred Stohl 1, 4–6, 8–12, 16
17   Xavier Pons 8–12, 14–16
21   Juuso Pykälistö 5
  Stobart VK Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 04 M 17   Mark Higgins 5, 8, 12
Focus RS WRC 02 19   Matthew Wilson 5, 12
  Hyundai Assan Motorsports Hyundai Hyundai Accent WRC P 17   Serkan Yazici 7
66   Ali Deveci 7
67   Omer Tolon 7
68   Murat Akdilek 7
  M-Sport Ford Focus RS WRC 03 M 18   Mikko Hirvonen 2, 5, 8, 15
  Bozian Racing Peugeot 206 WRC M
P
18   Daniel Carlsson 6, 9
19   Marcos Ligato 9
22   Nicolas Bernardi 11–12
23   Xavier Pons 1, 3, 5
61   Didier Auriol 1
  Ricardo Triviño 3, 9, 15
  Equipe de France FFSA Škoda Fabia WRC M 20   Nicolas Vouilloz 14–15

JWRC EntriesEdit

No Entrant Driver Co-driver Car Rounds
31   Suzuki Sport Europe   Per-Gunnar Andersson   Jonas Andersson Suzuki Ignis S1600 1, 3, 5, 8
Suzuki Swift S1600 10–11, 15
32   Guy Wilks   Phil Pugh Suzuki Ignis S1600 1, 3, 5, 8
Suzuki Swift S1600 10–11, 15
33   Kosti Katajamäki   Timo Alanne Suzuki Ignis S1600 1, 5, 8, 10–11, 14–15
36   Urmo Aava   Kuldar Sikk 1, 5, 8, 10–11, 14–15
34   Fiat Abarth Motorsport   Mirco Baldacci   Giovanni Bernacchini Fiat Punto S1600 1, 5, 8, 10–11, 14–15
35   Kronos Racing   Kris Meeke   Chris Patterson Citroën C2 S1600 1, 5, 8
  Glenn Patterson 10–11, 14–15
41   Daniel Sordo   Marc Martí 1, 5, 10–11, 14–15
  Oriol Julià 8
37   Errepi Racing   Alan Scorcioni   Domenico Scorcioni Suzuki Ignis S1600 15
  Silvio Stefanelli 1, 5, 8, 14
Fiat Punto S1600 10
  Toni Moreno 11
38   Power Car Team   Luca Betti   Giovanni Agnese Renault Clio S1600 1, 5, 8, 11, 14–15
  Piercarlo Capalongo 10
39   Autorel Sport   Luca Cecchettini   Massimo Daddoveri Renault Clio S1600 1
Fiat Punto S1600 3, 5, 8, 11
  Antonio Morassi 14–15
40   PH Sport   Conrad Rautenbach   Carl Williamson Citroën Saxo S1600 3
Citroën C2 S1600 5, 8, 10–11, 14–15
42   Trumf Rally Team   Pavel Valoušek   Pierangelo Scalvini Suzuki Ignis S1600 1, 3, 5, 10–11
  Petr Starý 14–15
43   Jipocar Racing   Martin Prokop   Petr Gross Suzuki Ignis S1600 1, 5, 8, 10–11, 14–15

PWRC entriesEdit

No Entrant Driver Co-driver Car Rounds
31   Subaru Team Arai   Toshihiro Arai   Tony Sircombe Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2, 4, 6–7, 13, 16
32   Ralliart Spain   Xavier Pons   Oriol Julià Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 2, 4, 6–7
33   Autotek Motorsport   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Chris Patterson Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4, 6–7, 9, 12, 16
34   Advan-Piaa Rally Team   Fumio Nutahara   Satoshi Hayashi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 2, 4, 6–7, 13, 16
35   Team Proton Pert Malaysia   Karamjit Singh   John Bennie Proton Pert 4, 6–7, 12
36   Subaru Argentina Rally Team   Marcos Ligato   Rubén Garcia Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4, 6–7, 12–13, 16
40   Gabriel Pozzo   Daniel Stillo 4, 6–7, 9, 13, 16
44   Sebastián Beltran   Edgardo Galindo 4, 6–7, 9, 13, 16
37   Top Run SRL   Mark Higgins   Trevor Agnew Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2, 4, 6–7, 9
  Daniel Barritt 16
51   Brice Tirabassi   Matthieu Baumel 4, 6–7, 9, 12–13
38   Motoring Club   Fabio Frisiero   Giovanni Agnese Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2, 6–7, 9, 12
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 16
39   Millbrooks World Rally Team   Joakim Roman   Ragnar Spjuth Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2, 6–7, 9
  Anders Wallbom 12
41   OMV World Rally Team   Natalie Barratt   Carl Williamson Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII 4, 6–7, 13
  Kaj Lindström Subaru Impreza WRX STI 12, 16
42   Villagra Racing   Federico Villagra   Javier Villagra Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 4, 6–7, 9, 13, 16
43   Kome Sport SRL   Angelo Medeghini   Barbara Capoferri Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 2, 4, 6, 9
Subaru Impreza WRX STI 12, 16
45   Errani Team Group   Riccardo Errani   Stefano Casadio Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 2, 6–7, 12–13, 16
47   Aba Ba   Marcelo Recanate   Víctor Federer Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI 4
  Nalson Franco Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 6
  Mikael Johansson 7
48   Garardo Rosselot Mujica   Luis Rosselot   Ricardo Rojas Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 4, 6–7, 9, 13
49   Oman World Rally Team   Hamed Al Wahaibi   David Senior Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4, 6–7, 12–13, 16
50   Syms Rally Team   Aki Teiskonen   Miika Teiskonen Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2, 4, 7, 12–13, 16

Results and standingsEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
NZL
 
ITA
 
CYP
 
TUR
 
GRE
 
ARG
 
FIN
 
GER
 
GBR
 
JPN
 
FRA
 
ESP
 
AUS
 
 Pts 
1   Sébastien Loeb 1 Ret 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 Ret 127
2   Petter Solberg Ret 1 1 3 2 Ret 2 9 3 4 7 1 Ret 3 13 Ret 71
3   Marcus Grönholm 5 Ret 2 2 3 Ret 3 4 2 1 3 Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 71
4   Toni Gardemeister 2 3 6 6 5 5 6 2 4 6 17 DSQ 6 2 14 Ret 58
5   Markko Märtin 4 2 3 5 4 3 5 8 6 3 4 Ret 53
6   François Duval Ret 12 Ret 4 11 Ret 7 8 2 2 4 Ret 2 1 47
7   Harri Rovanperä 7 4 5 Ret Ret 7 10 6 5 7 10 4 5 10 10 2 39
8   Roman Kresta 8 8 Ret DNS 6 6 7 Ret 11 23 6 6 7 5 5 6 29
9   Manfred Stohl 6 9 9 2 20 8 Ret Ret 5 3 22
10   Mikko Hirvonen Ret Ret 5 5 Ret 3 14
11   Gianluigi Galli 7 8 Ret 8 7 Ret Ret 5 13 Ret 9 Ret 5 14
12   Chris Atkinson 19 Ret 7 18 10 24 Ret 9 Ret 11 38 3 Ret 9 4 13
13   Carlos Sainz 4 3 11
14   Henning Solberg 5 15 4 11 Ret 9 10 9
15   Gilles Panizzi 3 8 11 11 Ret 7
16   Xavier Pons Ret 38 10 13 Ret 34 17 10 10 12 9 11 7 4 Ret 7
17   Stéphane Sarrazin 14 13 12 13 8 Ret 4 Ret 6
18   Antony Warmbold 10 11 7 11 7 Ret 9 Ret 12 Ret DNS 12 9 13 7 Ret 6
19   Daniel Carlsson 6 Ret 8 Ret 14 15 DNS 8 Ret 5
20   Nicolas Bernardi Ret Ret 8 6 4
21   Alexandre Bengué 9 Ret 6 Ret 3
22   Colin McRae 7 Ret 2
23   Daniel Solà Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 7 2
24   Juuso Pykälistö DNS 8 DNS 1
25   Mark Higgins Ret Ret 10 Ret 44 Ret DSQ DNS 8 10 1
26   Jan Kopecký 37 Ret 12 8 1
27   Armin Schwarz Ret 9 10 Ret 13 Ret 18 16 11 Ret 14 10 Ret 11 8 1
Pos. Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
NZL
 
ITA
 
CYP
 
TUR
 
GRE
 
ARG
 
FIN
 
GER
 
GBR
 
JPN
 
FRA
 
ESP
 
AUS
 
 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
 
MEX
 
NZL
 
ITA
 
CYP
 
TUR
 
GRE
 
ARG
 
FIN
 
GER
 
GBR
 
JPN
 
FRA
 
ESP
 
AUS
 
Points
1   Citroën 1 1 Ret 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 Ret 188
2 Ret 8 Ret 4 7 Ret 4 3 7 8 2 2 4 Ret 2 1
2   Peugeot 7 5 Ret 2 2 3 Ret 3 4 2 1 3 Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 135
8 4 2 3 5 4 2 5 7 6 3 4 Ret 8 7 4 Ret
3   Ford 3 2 3 6 6 5 3 6 2 4 6 10 Ret 6 2 8 Ret 104
4 7 5 Ret Ret 6 4 7 Ret 9 5 6 5 7 5 3 5
4   Subaru 5 Ret 1 1 3 2 Ret 2 8 3 4 7 1 Ret 3 7 Ret 97
6 9 9 Ret 7 9 7 11 Ret 8 Ret 8 9 3 4 Ret 3
5   Mitsubishi 9 6 4 5 Ret Ret 5 9 5 5 7 9 4 5 8 5 2 76
10 3 6 7 8 Ret 8 8 6 Ret Ret 5 8 10 Ret Ret 4
6   Škoda 11 Ret 7 8 9 Ret 9 Ret 9 10 9 Ret 7 9 Ret 6 6 21
12 8 Ret 9 Ret 8 6 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 6 Ret Ret
Pos. Manufacturer No. MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
NZL
 
ITA
 
CYP
 
TUR
 
GRE
 
ARG
 
FIN
 
GER
 
GBR
 
JPN
 
FRA
 
ESP
 
AUS
 
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 MON
 
MEX
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
FIN
 
GER
 
FRA
 
ESP
 
 Pts 
1   Dani Sordo 4 1 Ret 1 1 2 1 53
2   Guy Wilks 7 1 6 2 3 3 Ret 35
3   Kris Meeke 1 3 6 7 2 8 7 32
4   Urmo Aava Ret 2 3 2 Ret 4 4 32
5   Kosti Katajamäki 2 Ret 4 Ret 5 3 2 31
6   Per-Gunnar Andersson 6 2 5 1 Ret 4 Ret 30
7   Mirco Baldacci 10 Ret 5 5 7 1 3 26
8   Luca Betti 5 4 Ret 4 6 Ret Ret 17
9   Martin Prokop 9 7 7 6 Ret 7 5 13
10   Luca Cecchettini Ret 3 Ret Ret 9 6 8 10
11   Pavel Valoušek 8 4 9 Ret 8 Ret 6 10
12   Conrad Rautenbach Ret 8 8 8 Ret 5 Ret 7
13   Alan Scorcioni 3 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6
Pos. Driver MON
 
MEX
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
FIN
 
GER
 
FRA
 
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)

EventsEdit

Round Rally name Podium drivers
(Finishing time)
Podium cars
1  /  Monte Carlo Rally
(21–23 January) — Results and report
  1.   Sébastien Loeb (4h:13m:05.6s)
  2.   Toni Gardemeister (4h:16m:03.9s)
  3.   Gilles Panizzi (4h:16m:45.7s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 04
  3. Mitsubishi Lancer WRC
2   Swedish Rally
(11–13 February) — Results and report
  1.   Petter Solberg (3h:00m:52.1s)
  2.   Markko Märtin (3h:03m:03.2s)
  3.   Toni Gardemeister (3h:04m:06.8s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 2004
  2. Peugeot 307 WRC
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 04
3   Rally Mexico
(11–13 March) — Results and report
  1.   Petter Solberg (3h:41m:06.2s)
  2.   Marcus Grönholm (3h:41m:40.7s)
  3.   Markko Märtin (3h:42m:44.5s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
  2. Peugeot 307 WRC
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
4   Rally New Zealand
(8–10 April) — Results and report
  1.   Sébastien Loeb (3h:34m:51.6s)
  2.   Marcus Grönholm (3h:35m:41.4s)
  3.   Petter Solberg (3h:36m:00.3s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Peugeot 307 WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
5   Rally d'Italia Sardegna
(29 April–1 May) — Results and report
  1.   Sébastien Loeb (4h:06m:33.7s)
  2.   Petter Solberg (4h:07m:33.3s)
  3.   Marcus Grönholm (4h:09m:41.0s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
6   Cyprus Rally
(13–15 May) — Results and report
  1.   Sébastien Loeb (5h:02m:29.4s)
  2.   Manfred Stohl (5h:06m:38.9s)
  3.   Markko Märtin (5h:07m:11.3s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
7   Rally of Turkey
(2–5 June) — Results and report
  1.   Sébastien Loeb (4h:21m:48.0s)
  2.   Petter Solberg (4h:22m:47.6s)
  3.   Marcus Grönholm (4h:23m:03.3s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
8   Acropolis Rally
(23–26 June) — Results and report
  1.   Sébastien Loeb (4h:12m:53.7s)
  2.   Toni Gardemeister (4h:14m:29.9s)
  3.   Carlos Sainz (4h:15m:04.8s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 04
  3. Citroën Xsara WRC
9   Rally Argentina
(14–17 July) — Results and report
  1.   Sébastien Loeb (3h:55m:36.5s)
  2.   Marcus Grönholm (3h:56m:02.5s)
  3.   Petter Solberg (3h:56m:41.7s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Peugeot 307 WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
10   Rally Finland
(4–7 August) — Results and report
  1.   Marcus Grönholm (2h:54m:11.0s)
  2.   Sébastien Loeb (2h:55m:17.7s)
  3.   Markko Märtin (2h:55m:46.6s)
  1. Peugeot 307 WRC
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
11   Rallye Deutschland
(25–27 August) — Results and report
  1.   Sébastien Loeb (3h:27m:13.2s)
  2.   François Duval (3h:27m:50.6s)
  3.   Marcus Grönholm (3h:29m:18.0s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Peugeot 307 WRC
12   Wales Rally GB
(16–18 September) — Results and report
  1.   Petter Solberg (2h:45m:57.8s)
  2.   François Duval (2h:47m:15.2s)
  3.   Sébastien Loeb (2h:47m:15.7s)
  1. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Citroën Xsara WRC
13   Rally Japan
(30 September–2 October) — Results and report
  1.   Marcus Grönholm (3h:23m:32.0s)
  2.   Sébastien Loeb (3h:26m:54.1s)[1]
  3.   Chris Atkinson (3h:28m:12.0s)
  1. Peugeot 307 WRC
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC 2005
14   Tour de Corse
(21–23 October) — Results and report
  1.   Sébastien Loeb (3h:35m:46.7s)
  2.   Toni Gardemeister (3h:37m:38.4s)
  3.   Petter Solberg (3h:38m:28.7s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Ford Focus RS WRC 04
  3. Subaru Impreza WRC
15   Rally Catalunya
(28–30 October) — Results and report
  1.   Sébastien Loeb (3h:31m:07.0s)
  2.   François Duval (3h:32m:28.9s)
  3.   Mikko Hirvonen (3h:33m:53.7s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC[2]
  2. Citroën Xsara WRC
  3. Ford Focus RS WRC 03
16   Rally Australia
(10–13 November) — Results and report
  1.   François Duval (3h:19m:55.0s)
  2.   Harri Rovanperä (3h:20m:47.9s)
  3.   Manfred Stohl (3h:21m:28.0s)
  1. Citroën Xsara WRC
  2. Mitsubishi Lancer WRC
  3. Citroën Xsara WRC

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Sébastien Loeb secured the drivers' championship title in Japan.
  2. ^ Citroën secured the manufacturers' championship in Spain.

External linksEdit