2009 World Rally Championship
|2009 World Rally Championship|
The 2009 World Rally Championship was the 37th season of the FIA World Rally Championship. The season consisted of twelve rallies and began on 30 January, with Rally Ireland and ended with Rally GB on 25 October. Sébastien Loeb won the World Drivers' championship at Rally GB by one point from Mikko Hirvonen, taking his sixth consecutive crown. Citroën secured their fifth Manufacturers' title, Martin Prokop won the JWRC Drivers' championship and Armindo Araujo won the PWRC Drivers' championship.
The number of mechanics available per car has been dropped from 12 to 8.
The 2009 season included twelve rallies, which was three fewer than the 2008 season, because the FIA imposed a "Round Rotation" System in order to attract candidate rallies to have a chance to be a WRC event. Monte Carlo, Sweden, Mexico, Jordan, Turkey, Germany, New Zealand, France and Japan were dropped from the calendar for 2009, but will return at the 2010 WRC Season. Ireland, Norway, Cyprus, Portugal, Poland and Australia returned to the 2009 season.
The eight events also part of the Production World Rally Championship were Norway, Cyprus, Portugal, Argentina, Italy, Greece, Australia and Rally GB. The eight rallies also on the Junior World Rally Championship schedule were Ireland, Cyprus, Portugal, Argentina, Italy, Poland, Finland and Spain.
|Round||Dates||Rally Name||Rally HQ||Support Category||Surface|
|1||30 January – 1 February||Rally Ireland||Sligo||JWRC||Wintry asphalt|
|2||12–15 February||Rally Norway||Hamar||PWRC||Ice and snow-covered gravel|
|3||13–15 March||Cyprus Rally||Limassol||JWRC/PWRC||Asphalt and gravel|
|4||3–5 April||Rally de Portugal||Vilamoura||JWRC/PWRC||Gravel|
|5||24–26 April||Rally Argentina||Villa Carlos Paz||JWRC/PWRC||Gravel|
|6||22–24 May||Rally d'Italia Sardegna||Olbia||JWRC/PWRC||Gravel|
|7||12–14 June||Acropolis Rally||Loutraki||PWRC||Gravel|
|8||26–28 June||Rally Poland||Mikołajki||JWRC||Gravel|
|9||31 July – 2 August||Rally Finland||Jyväskylä||JWRC||Gravel|
|10||4–6 September||Rally Australia||Kingscliff||PWRC||Gravel|
|11||2–4 October||Rally Catalunya||Salou||JWRC||Asphalt|
|12||23–25 October||Rally GB||Cardiff||PWRC||Gravel|
Teams and driversEdit
In 2009 two categories are eligible to compete for the Manufacturer's championship:
- must take part in all the rallies of the Championship with two cars of the same make
- must enter only cars corresponding to the latest homologated version of a World Rally Car in conformity with the 2009 Appendix J
- must inform the FIA of the name of the first driver entered for the season at the time of registration for the Championship. No change of the first driver is authorised, except in a case of force majeure. The driver of the second car may be changed for each of the rallies in the Championship
Manufacturer Team (MT)
- must take part in a minimum of 8 Championship rallies with one or two cars; those rallies must be nominated on registering for the Championship
- cannot enter World Rally Cars homologated during the year 2009 and cannot use parts homologated after 2 January 2009
- can only score points in the events it nominated on registering.
The registered Manufacturers are Citroën Total World Rally Team and BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team; the registered Manufacturer Teams are Stobart VK M-Sport Ford, Munchi's Ford and Citroën Junior Team.
|31||Aaron Burkart||Michael Kölbach||Suzuki Swift S1600||1, 3, 5–6, 9, 11|
|32||Michał Kościuszko||Maciek Szczepaniak||Suzuki Swift S1600||3–6, 8–9|
|33||Simone Bertolotti||Luca Celestini||Suzuki Swift S1600||1, 4, 6, 8–9, 11|
|34||Luca Griotti||Corrado Bonato||Renault Clio R3||1, 4, 6, 8–9, 11|
|35||Yoann Bonato||Benjamin Boulloud||Suzuki Swift S1600||1, 4, 6, 8–9, 11|
|36||Hans Weijs, Jr.||Bjorn Degandt||Citroën C2 S1600||1, 4, 6, 8–9, 11|
|37||Kevin Abbring||Erwin Mombaerts||Renault Clio R3||1, 4, 6, 8–9, 11|
|38||Martin Prokop||Jan Tománek||Citroën C2 S1600||1, 3, 6, 8–9, 11|
|39||Alessandro Bettega||Simone Scattolin||Renault Clio S1600||5|
|Renault Clio R3||4, 6, 8|
|Mark Wallenwein||Stefan Kopczyk||9, 11|
|Additional guest entries†|
|60||Ross Forde||Arron Forde||Suzuki Swift Sport||1|
|59||Radosław Typa||Maciek Wislawski||Citroën C2 R2||8|
|60||Marcin Dobrowolski||Michal Dobrowolski||Citroën C2 R2||8|
|59||Kalle Pinomaki||Matti Kaskinen||Renault Clio R3||9|
|59||Jordi Martí||Gabriel Sánchez||Renault Clio R3||11|
- †^ – At each rally, the organiser may nominate two "guest drivers" from their country to score support category points.
Results and standingsEdit
Results and statisticsEdit
- ^1 — Stages 7 (Murley) and 8 (Fardross) were cancelled.
- ^2 — Stages 3 (Evangelistria) and 16 (Loutraki 2) were cancelled.
- ^3 — Stages 6 (CTEK East 1) and 11 (CTEK East 2) were cancelled.
JWRC Drivers' championshipEdit
PWRC Drivers' championshipEdit
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