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World Rally Championship 2005 / Review

 

In 2005, the World Rally Championship visited again 16 countries stretching from South America to Oceana. During the season only four different crews won and three different manufacturers scored wins. The drivers' and manufacturers' championships were totally dominated by Sebastien Loeb and Citroen. The 2005 season was as close to a perfect season as any driver and team in the WRC has ever participated. Loeb broke and set a new record for most wins in a season, 10, and most consecutive wins in a season, 6. Loeb and his Citroen Xsara proved fast on every surface and his consistency ensured that he only recorded two DNFs, and other than that never finished lower than fourth. 

Citroen´s Sebastien Loeb won the Drivers' Championship wth 127 points, Subaru´s Petter Solberg was second (71) and Peugeot´s Marcus Gronholm third (71). Citroën won the Manufacturers standings with 188 points from Peugeot 135, Ford 104 and Subaru 97.

The season 2005 will always be remembered also the seson of the many sad deaths. Markko Martin´s codriver Michael Park died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident in Wales Rally GB. Richard Burns, World Rally Champion 2001, passed away on Friday 25th November after battling against a long illness since he was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago. The highly respected British rally journalist David Williams died unexpectedly at his home and one of the original Flying Finns, Pauli Toivonen, passed away at his home on 14th February at the age of 75-year old. Japanese Ryuichiro Kuze, former President of STI and founder of Subaru WRC endeavour, died on 8th March. Italian Maurizio Perissinot, who was codriver to Attilio Bettega when he died in an accident in Corsica in 1985, himself died after a long illness.

Round by Round 

Round 1 - Rallye Monte Carlo (January 21-23)

Citroen´s reigning World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb took 11th World rally victory of his career and his third successive victory on this rally. Loeb led the event from start to finish and claimed the highest number of stage wins. Finn Toni Gardemeister, on his debut for the Ford team, finished a career-best second place and Frenchman Gilles Panizzi claimed third position - the first podium placing for Mitsubishi since the 2001 Safari Rally. The final day three-way fight for second place between Gardemeister, Petter Solberg and Marcus Gronholm ended, when both Solberg and Gronholm crashed at the same place on snow thrown onto the road by spectators.  Both ripped wheels from their cars and while Gronholm was able to limp through the stage, albeit losing five minutes, the Norwegian had to retire.

Citroen’s joy was compounded by victory in the Junior World Rally Championship category for Briton Kris Meeke and the Citoren C2 Super 1600. Finnish Suzuki driver Kosti Katajamaki finished second and third was Italian Alan Scorcioni driving for the first time in a Suzuki. The "works" Suzuki drivers Per-Gunnar Andersson and Guy Wilks both went off the road, but managed to finish the rally thanks to the new Super rally rule and were able to score also championship points. Of the 13 drivers registered for the JWRC 12 started in Monte Carlo.

- WRC debut of the Peugeot 307 WRC Evo 2, Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

Top 8 in Monte Carlo

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

4:13:05.6

2

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

4:16:03.9

3

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

GILLES PANIZZI / Herve Panizzi

F

10

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

4:16:45.7

4

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARKKO MÄRTIN / Michael Park

EE/GB

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

4:18:33.3

5

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARCUS GRÖNHOLM / Timo Rautiainen

FIN

7

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

4:20:39.4

6

OMV World Rally Team

Manfred Stohl / Ilka Minor

A

62

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

4:21:14.5

7

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

HARRI ROVANPERÄ / Risto Pietiläinen

FIN

9

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

4:21:34.9

8

BP Ford World Rally Team

ROMAN KRESTA / Jan Tomanek

CZ

4

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

4:22:23.7

Rally leaders: SS 1-15 Loeb
Loeb won 9 stages, Gronholm & Solberg 3, Bengue 2, Gardemeister, Panizzi & Kresta 1 

Top 8 JWRC 

1

(Kronos Racing)

Kris Meeke / Chris Patterson

GB

35

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

4:35:55.6

2

(Suzuki Sport Europe)

Kosti Katajamäki / Timo Alanne

FIN

33

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:36:10.1

3

Alan Scorcioni / Silvio Stefanelli

I/RSM

37

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:37:35.9

4

(Kronos Racing)

Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti

E

41

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

4:38:02.1

5

Luca Betti / Giovanni Agnese

I

38

Renault Clio Super 1600

A6

4:39:19.2

6

(Monster Sport Europe)

Per-Gunnar Andersson / Jonas Andersson

S

31

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:39:55.8

7

(Monster Sport Europe)

Guy Wilks / Phil Pugh

GB

32

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:40:46.9

8

(JM Engineering)

Pavel Valousek / Pierangelo Scalvini

CZ/I

42

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:41:10.4

Rally leaders: SS 1-8 Andersson, 9-11 Katajamaki, 12-15 Meeke
Baldacci & Meeke won 4 stages, Andersson 3, Sordo 2   

Round 2 - Swedish Rally (February 11-13)

Subaru´s Petter Solberg took his first WRC win in Sweden and the eleventh of his career. Marcus Gronholm battled against Solberg, the two rivals exchanging the lead many times before the end of leg two. Gronholm started the final day just behind Solberg, but the Finn rolled his 307 WRC into retirement on the SS16 and Solberg stayed in first place. Sebastien Loeb was on his way to second place when his car's engine proved to be the cause of his retirement. That left new Peugeot recruit Markko Martin and Ford's Toni Gardemeister to pick up the final podium spots. Mitsubishi´s Harri Rovanpera was fourth and Norwegian Henning Solberg, on his debut appearance with the official Ford team, placed fifth ahead of local Swede Daniel Carlsson, who impressed with a solid performance in the Peugeot 307. Mitsubishi´s Gigi Galli could have been on the podium had it not been for transmission problems and an off. The Italian, who ran as high as third during leg one, finished seventh ensuring Mitsubishi took a double haul of points. Ford´s Roman Kresta completed the drivers' championship standings in eight place.

Japanese Subaru driver Toshihiro Arai dominated the Production Car World Rally Championship category and won the opening round of the series. The Group N overall was won by Finnish Subaru driver Jukka Ketomaki. Only nine of the 21 registered PCWRC drivers elected to score points in Sweden, of which only three completed the full route.

Gardemeister's third place here means that he's leading the drivers' standings by a point from Martin, while Ford has a three points advantage over Peugeot and Mitsubishi in the manufacturers' championship. 

- Peugeot´s Team Director Corrado Provera made his last appearance before retiring from the company

Top 8 in Sweden 

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Subaru World Rally Team

PETTER SOLBERG / Philip Mills

N/GB

5

Subaru Impreza WRC2004

A8

3:00:52.1

2

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARKKO MÄRTIN / Michael Park

EE/GB

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:03:03.2

3

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:04:06.8

4

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

HARRI ROVANPERÄ / Risto Pietiläinen

FIN

9

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

3:04:18.5

5

BP Ford World Rally Team

HENNING SOLBERG / Cato Menkerud

N

4

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:04:21.9

6

Bozian Racing

Daniel Carlsson / Mattias Andersson

S

19

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:04:34.6

7

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

GIANLUIGI GALLI / Guido d´Amore

I

10

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

3:04:56.1

8

BP Ford World Rally Team

Roman Kresta / Jan Tomanek

CZ

17

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:05:31.7

Rally leaders: SS 1-2 Solberg, 3-5 Gronholm, 6 Solberg, 7-8 Gronholm, 9-10 Solberg, 11-12 Gronholm, 13-20 Solberg
Solberg won 6 stages, Loeb & Gronholm 4, Carlsson & Martin 2, Galli & Rovanpera 1 

Top 8 PCWRC (only 6 finishers)

1

Subaru Team Arai

Toshihiro Arai / Tony Sircombe

J/NZ

31

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

3:15:51.9

2

KOME Sport

Angelo Medeghini / Barbara Capoferri

I

43

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

3:33:40.9

3

Fabio Frisiero / Giovanni Agnese

I

38

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:34:05.6

4

(CALM Team)

Xavier Pons / Oriol Julia

E

32

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

3:46:50.2

5

ADVAN-PIAA Rally Team

Fumio Nutahara / Satoshi Hayashi

J

34

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

3:54:47.0

6

Riccardo Errani / Stefano Casadio

I

45

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

4:16:24.1

Rally leaders: SS 1-20 Arai
Arai won 14 stages, Pons 3, Teiskonen 2, Higgins & Nutahara 1

Round 3 - Rally Mexico (March 11-13)

Subaru´s Petter Solberg took his first WRC win in Mexico and the 12th of his career. Driving for the first time the new Impreza WRC2005 he won the event by a margin of 34.5 seconds. Peugeot´s Marcus Gronholm settled for second with team-mate Markko Martin content to hold third. Citroen´s Sebastien Loeb was able to overhaul both Mitsubishi´s Harri Rovanpera and Ford´s Toni Gardemeister on the final stage and Loeb took the fourth place.

Petter Solberg now leads the series after two straight victories. Just one point behind is Markko Martin with Toni Gardemeister dropping to third. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, Peugeot takes the lead ahead of Ford and Mitsubishi.

Of the five JWRC competitors who elected to contest this event, only category winner Guy Wilks was able to complete the route. Second placed driver Per-Gunnar Andersson missed one stage and Luca Cecchettini finished third after missing two stages. Thanks to the Super Rally system both of them were able to continue and take podium places!

- WRC debut of the Subaru Impreza WRC2005, Skoda Fabia WRC05

Top 8 in Mexico

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Subaru World Rally Team

PETTER SOLBERG / Philip Mills

N/GB

5

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

3:41:06.2

2

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARCUS GRÖNHOLM / Timo Rautiainen

FIN

7

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:41:40.7

3

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARKKO MÄRTIN / Michael Park

EE/GB

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:42:44.5

4

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:44:57.3

5

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

HARRI ROVANPERÄ / Risto Pietiläinen

FIN

9

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

3:45:04.3

6

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:45:11.8

7

BP Ford World Rally Team

Antony Warmbold / Michael Orr

D/GB

15

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:47:07.2

8

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

GILLES PANIZZI / Herve Panizzi

F

10

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

3:47:07.9

Rally leaders: SS 1-14 Solberg
Solberg won 6 stages, Loeb 4, Gronholm 3, Martin 1 

Top 8 JWRC (only 4 finishers)

1

(Monster Sport Europe)

Guy Wilks / Phil Pugh

GB

32

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:03:00.1

2

(Monster Sport Europe)

Per-Gunnar Andersson / Jonas Andersson

S

31

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:12:04.4

3

Luca Cecchettini / Massimo Daddoveri

I

39

Fiat Punto Super 1600

A6

4:30:12.1

4

(JM Engineering)

Pavel Valousek / Pierangelo Scalvini

CZ/I

42

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:39:22.1

Rally leaders: SS 1-14 Wilks
Wilks won 11 stages, Andersson 3

Round 4 - Rally New Zealand (April 8-10)

Citroen´s reigning World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb took his first WRC win in New Zealand and the 12th of his career. Loeb led the event from the SS4 to finish and claimed the highest number of stage wins. Peugeot´s Marcus Gronholm placed second, Subaru´s Petter Solberg was third and Citroen´s Francois Duval secured his first points of the year taking the fourth place. Peugeot´s Markko Martin was able to overhaul Ford´s Toni Gardemeister on the final stage and Martin took the fifth place.

The PCWRC category was dominated by Subaru driver Toshihiro Arai, until he lost time on the second day with brake failure. The Japanese driver was eventually beaten to the PCWRC victory by just 17 seconds by the Mitsubishi of Xavier Pons.

In the Drivers' Championship standings Solberg leads with 26 points, Loeb (25), Martin (23), Gronholm and Gardemeister (20). The top five drivers separated by only six points! Peugeot continues to lead the Manufacturers with 43 points from Citroen (31), Subaru (28) and Ford (26).

Top 8 in New Zealand

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:34:51.6

2

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARCUS GRÖNHOLM / Timo Rautiainen

FIN

7

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:35:41.4

3

Subaru World Rally Team

PETTER SOLBERG / Philip Mills

N/GB

5

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

3:36:00.3

4

Citröen Total

FRANCOIS DUVAL / Stephane Prevot

B

2

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:36:57.9

5

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARKKO MÄRTIN / Michael Park

EE/GB

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:38:00.7

6

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:38:07.9

7

Subaru World Rally Team

CHRIS ATKINSON / Glenn MacNeall

AUS

6

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

3:39:28.8

8

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

GIANLUIGI GALLI / Guido d´Amore

I

10

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

3:41:42.1

Rally leaders: SS 1-3 Solberg, 4-20 Loeb
Loeb won 8 stages, Gronholm 6, Solberg 4, Atkinson 2 

Top 8 PCWRC

1

(CALM Team)

Xavier Pons / Oriol Julia

E

32

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

3:50:00.3

2

Subaru Team Arai

Toshihiro Arai / Tony Sircombe

J/NZ

31

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

3:50:17.3

3

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Marcos Ligato / Ruben Garcia

RA

36

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

3:50:55.4

4

Nasser Al-Attiyah / Chris Patterson

QA/GB

33

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:50:57.5

5

Team Proton Pert Malaysia

Karamjit Singh / John Bennie

MAL/GB

35

Proton Pert

N4

3:53:58.7

6

Federico Villagra / Javier Villagra

RA

42

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

3:55:32.8

7

ADVAN-PIAA Rally Team

Fumio Nutahara / Satoshi Hayashi

J

34

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

3:56:20.5

8

Oman World Rally Team

Hamed Al-Wahaibi / David Senior

OM/GB

49

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:56:44.0

Rally leaders: SS 1-13 Arai, 14-20 Pons
Arai won 9 stages, Pons 5, Pozzo 3, Ligato 2, A-Attiyah & Higgins 1

Round 5 - Rally Italia Sardinia (April 29-May 1)

Citroen´s Sebastien Loeb dominated the Italian round of the World Rally Championship in Sardinia taking his third win of the season and the 13th of his career. Loeb led the event from the SS3 to finish and claimed the highest number of stage wins and his winning margin over second placed Subaru´s Petter Solberg was 59.6sec. Peugeot´s Marcus Gronholm completed a superb recovery from his first day roll to finish third, comfortably seeing off team-mate Markko Martin. The Super Rally rule was used extensively. Only five of the eight makes' points scorers completed the full route and only four of the 13 JWRC entries.

Citroen’s joy was compounded by victory in the Junior World Rally Championship category for Spanish Daniel Sordo and the new evolution of Citroen C2 Super 1600. Estonian Suzuki driver Urmo Aava finished second and third was Briton Citroen driver Kris Meeke, who is also leading the series after three rounds.

In the Drivers' Championship standings Loeb now holds a one point advantage over the Norwegian Solberg. Peugeot continues to lead the Manufacturers with 54 points from Citroen (43), Subaru (36) and Ford (33).

Top 8 in Italy

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

4:06:33.7

2

Subaru World Rally Team

PETTER SOLBERG / Philip Mills

N/GB

5

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

4:07:33.3

3

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARCUS GRÖNHOLM / Timo Rautiainen

FIN

7

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

4:09:41.0

4

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARKKO MÄRTIN / Michael Park

EE/GB

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

4:10:46.0

5

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

4:15:03.0

6

BP Ford World Rally Team

ROMAN KRESTA / Jan Mozny

CZ

4

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

4:16:02.9

7

BP Ford World Rally Team

Antony Warmbold / Michael Orr

D/GB

16

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

4:16:33.5

8

OMV World Rally Team

Juuso Pykälistö / Mika Ovaskainen

FIN

21

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

4:16:54.9

Rally leaders: SS 1-2 Gronholm, 3-17 Loeb
Loeb won 8 stages, Solberg 4, Gronholm 3, Atkinson & Galli 1

Top 8 JWRC

1

(Kronos Racing)

Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti

E

41

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

4:35:13.4

2

(Suzuki Sport Europe)

Urmo Aava / Kuldar Sikk

EE

36

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:38:47.3

3

(Kronos Racing)

Kris Meeke / Chris Patterson

GB

35

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

4:39:07.4

4

Luca Betti / Giovanni Agnese

I

38

Renault Clio Super 1600

A6

4:43:57.9

5

(Monster Sport Europe)

Per-Gunnar Andersson / Jonas Andersson

S

31

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:53:48.0

6

(Monster Sport Europe)

Guy Wilks / Phil Pugh

GB

32

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:56:48.1

7

(JM Engineering)

Martin Prokop / Petr Gross

CZ

43

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

5:00:05.3

8

(PH Sport)

Conrad Rautenbach / Carl Williamson

ZW/GB

40

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

5:03:31.7

Rally leaders: SS 1-7 Katajamaki, 8-10 Meeke, 11-17 Sordo
Sordo & Andersson won 6 stages, Meeke 3, Katajamaki
1

Round 6 - Rally of Cyprus (May 13-15)

Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena, Citroën and Michelin collected their third consecutive win, their fourth of the 2005 season. The win was the crew's fourteenth at WRC level. Loeb led the event from the SS2 to finish and claimed the highest number of stage wins. Austrian Manfred Stohl, driving a privately entered Citroen, placed second and Peugeot´s Markko Martin finished a third ahead of Ford trio Henning Solberg, Toni Gardemeister and Roman Kresta. Ford created history by claiming its 50th consecutive points finish in the FIA World Rally Championship. Since the championship was officially launched in 1973, there have been 411 world rallies and no other manufacturer has composed a run of consecutive points scores that exceeds 36.

Frenchman Subaru driver Brice Tirabassi dominated the Production Car World Rally Championship category and won the third round of the series. Toshi Arai is still leading the series.

In the Drivers' Championship standings Loeb now holds a 11 point advantage over the Norwegian Solberg. Peugeot continues to lead the Manufacturers with 62 points from Citroen (53), Ford (44) and Subaru (38).

- Manfred Stohl´s second place was the best result by a fully privately run car since Piero Liatti came second in New Zealand in 1992.

Top 8 in Cyprus

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

5:02:29.4

2

OMV World Rally Team

Manfred Stohl / Ilka Minor

A

16

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

5:06:38.9

3

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARKKO MÄRTIN / Michael Park

EE/GB

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

5:07:11.3

4

BP Ford World Rally Team

Henning Solberg / Cato Menkerud

N

14

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

5:07:45.1

5

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

5:10:06.7

6

BP Ford World Rally Team

ROMAN KRESTA / Jan Mozny

CZ

4

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

5:12:46.8

7

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

HARRI ROVANPERÄ / Risto Pietiläinen

FIN

9

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

5:14:48.1

8

Bozian Racing

Daniel Carlsson / Mattias Andersson

S

17

Peugeot 206 WRC

A8

5:18:32.6

Rally leaders: SS 1 Solberg, 2-18 Loeb
Loeb won 14 stages, Gardemeister 3, Martin, Solberg & Panizzi 1

Top 8 PCWRC

1

(Top Run srl)

Brice Tirabassi / Mathieu Baumel

F

51

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

5:34:38.2

2

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Sebastián Beltran / Edgardo Galinda

RA

44

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

5:39:04.1

3

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Marcos Ligato / Ruben Garcia

RA

36

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

5:41:51.1

4

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Gabriel Pozzo / Daniel Stillo

RA

40

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

5:42:02.2

5

Nasser Al-Attiyah / Chris Patterson

QA/GB

33

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

5:42:56.5

6

ADVAN-PIAA Rally Team

Fumio Nutahara / Satoshi Hayashi

J

34

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

5:48:59.8

7

Subaru Team Arai

Toshihiro Arai / Tony Sircombe

J/NZ

31

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

5:49:06.9

8

Federico Villagra / Javier Villagra

RA

42

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

6:01:30.0

Rally leaders: SS 1-3 Higgins, 4-18 Tirabassi
Pozzo won 6 stages, Arai 5, Nutahara, Villagra, Higgins, Pons & Tirabassi 1

Round 7 - Rally of Turkey (June 3-5)

Citroen´s Sebastien Loeb won the Rally of Turkey, securing his fourth consecutive win and his fifteenth at WRC level. The Frenchman could well be on course to break all records. He has now matched the record of 1985 title winner Timo Salonen, who won four events in a row on his way to the crown. Loeb reached the finish with nearly a minute in hand to second-placed Subaru´s Petter Solberg who managed to stay ahead of Peugeot´s Marcus Gronholm, who claimed the final podium position. Carlos Sainz came out of retirement for a one-off appearance as a replacement for crash-prone Francois Duval and the 43-year-old Spaniard took the fourth place ahead of Peugeot's fifth-placed Markko Martin. Mitsubishi´s Gigi Galli could have been on the podium had it not been for turbo problems. The Italian, who ran second after leg one, took two stage victories in the race and was leading the event after SS4.

In the Production Car catecory the victory went to Subaru driver Toshihiro Arai, who stole Marcos Ligato´s lead on the last stage of the event. The Japanese driver - who was only fourth after SS16 - pushed to the limit to catch all of his rivals, finishing 1"6 second in front of Ligato. Arai is also leading the PCWRC series.

In the Drivers' Championship standings Loeb now holds a 13 point advantage over Solberg. Peugeot continues to lead the Manufacturers with 72 points from Citroen (68), Ford (49) and Subaru (46).

- Citroen scored their 20th World Rally Championship win

- Mitsubishi led a WRC event for the first time in over four years

Top 8 in Turkey

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

4:21:48.0

2

Subaru World Rally Team

PETTER SOLBERG / Philip Mills

N/GB

5

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

4:22:47.6

3

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARCUS GRÖNHOLM / Timo Rautiainen

FIN

7

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

4:23:03.3

4

Citröen Total

CARLOS SAINZ / Marc Marti

E

2

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

4:26:05.9

5

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARKKO MÄRTIN / Michael Park

EE/GB

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

4:27:45.2

6

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

4:29:55.3

7

BP Ford World Rally Team

ROMAN KRESTA / Jan Mozny

CZ

4

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

4:30:36.3

8

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

GIANLUIGI GALLI / Guido d´Amore

I

10

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

4:31:26.9

Rally leaders: SS 1 cancelled, 2-3 Loeb, 4 Galli, 5-18 Loeb
Loeb won 10 stages, Solberg 4, Galli 2, Gronholm 1

Top 8 PCWRC

1

Subaru Team Arai

Toshihiro Arai / Tony Sircombe

J/NZ

31

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

4:45:30.6

2

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Marcos Ligato / Ruben Garcia

RA

36

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

4:45:32.2

3

Nasser Al-Attiyah / Chris Patterson

QA/GB

33

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

4:46:54.9

4

(CALM Team)

Xavier Pons / Oriol Julia

E

32

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

4:46:59.6

5

Oman World Rally Team

Hamed Al-Wahaibi / David Senior

OM/GB

49

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

4:53:23.3

6

Syms Rally Team

Aki Teiskonen / Mikka Teiskonen

FIN

50

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

4:54:00.7

7

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Sebastián Beltran / Edgardo Galinda

RA

44

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

4:55:50.1

8

(Top Run srl)

Brice Tirabassi / Mathieu Baumel

F

51

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

4:57:35.5

Rally leaders: SS 1 cancelled, 2-7 Arai, 8-17 Ligato, 18 Arai
Arai won 7 stages, Pons 6, Higgins & Nutahara 2  

Round 8 - Rally Acropolis (June 24-26)

Citroen´s Sebastien Loeb won the Acropolis Rally, securing his record-breaking fifth World Rally Championship win in a row, as well as the sixth win of the season, which matches his achievements from last year. The Frenchman equalled Didier Auriol's record of five consecutive victories. Ford´s Toni Gardemeister was managed to stay ahead of Citroen´s Carlos Sainz, who claimed the final podium position. The Spainard will now bow out of the World Rally Championship, after a career that included two world titles and 26 victories. Peugeot´s Marcus Gronholm took the fourth place ahead of  fifth-placed Mikko Hirvonen. The Finn, driving a privateer 2003-spec Ford Focus, took three stage victories in the rally and was leading the event after SS4. 

Suzuki drivers took the first four places in the Junior World Rally Championship and Swede Per-Gunnar Andersson took the first place. He is also leading the JWRC series.

In the Drivers' Championship standings Loeb now holds a 23 point advantage over Solberg. Citröen took the lead in the Manufacturers standings with 84 points from Peugeot 79, Ford 57 and Subaru 47.

- Sebastien Loeb took record-breaking fifth WRC event win in a row, as well as the sixth win of the season

- Mikko Hirvonen became the first privateer to lead a WRC event since Toni Gardemeister at Monte Carlo in 2001.

Top 8 in Greece

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

4:12:53.7

2

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

4:14:29.9

3

Citröen Total

CARLOS SAINZ / Marc Marti

E

2

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

4:15:04.8

4

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARCUS GRÖNHOLM / Timo Rautiainen

FIN

7

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

4:15:50.1

5

(Promoracing)

Mikko Hirvonen / Jarmo Lehtinen

FIN

24

Ford Focus RS WRC03

A8

4:16:06.9

6

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

HARRI ROVANPERÄ / Risto Pietiläinen

FIN

9

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

4:16:38.1

7

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

GIANLUIGI GALLI / Guido d´Amore

I

10

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

4:18:13.3

8

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARKKO MÄRTIN / Michael Park

EE/GB

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

4:18:31.2

Rally leaders: SS 1 Loeb, 2-3 Gronholm, 4 Hirvonen, 5-6 Gronholm, 7-19 Loeb
Loeb won 12 stages, Hirvonen 3, Gronholm 2, Gardemeister & Sainz 1

Top 8 JWRC

1

(Monster Sport Europe)

Per-Gunnar Andersson / Jonas Andersson

S

31

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:41:21.4

2

(Monster Sport Europe)

Guy Wilks / Phil Pugh

GB

32

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:44:11.8

3

(Suzuki Sport Europe)

Urmo Aava / Kuldar Sikk

EE

36

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:44:57.0

4

(Suzuki Sport Europe)

Kosti Katajamäki / Timo Alanne

FIN

33

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:50:00.5

5

(N Technology)

Mirco Baldacci / Giovanni Bernacchini

RSM/I

34

Fiat Punto Super 1600

A6

4:51:12.6

6

(Kronos Racing)

Kris Meeke / Chris Patterson

GB

35

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

4:56:36.7

7

(JM Engineering)

Martin Prokop / Petr Gross

CZ

43

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

5:00:14.2

8

(PH Sport)

Conrad Rautenbach / Carl Williamson

ZW/GB

40

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

5:01:09.6

Rally leaders: SS 1 Wilks, 2-19 Andersson
Andersson won 7 stages, Wilks 5, Meeke 3, Sordo 2, Aava & Baldacci 1   

Round 9 - Rally Argentina (July 15-17)

Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and Citroën smashed rallying's top world records with their dominant performance in the Argentinean round giving them the record for the most consecutive wins in a season - six - and, adding their win in the Monte Carlo season-opener, the most wins in one season - seven. Loeb eased through the final day to win by 26.1sec from Marcus Grönholm (Peugeot) with Petter Solberg (Subaru) completing the podium. Behind Toni Gardemeister (Ford) and Harri Rovanpera (Mitsubishi), Markko Martin (Peugeot) completed the top six while François Duval (Citroen) marked his return to the series with seventh.

Qatari Subaru driver Nasser Al-Attiyah dominated the Production Car World Rally Championship category and won the fifth round of the series. Toshihiro Arai is still leading the series.

In the Drivers' Championship standings Loeb now holds a 27 point advantage over Solberg and Citröen´s lead in the Manufacturers standings is six point over Peugeot.

- Sebastien Loeb became the first driver to win six successive WRC events

- Nasser Al-Attiyah gained his first ever PCWRC win

Top 8 in Argentina

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:55:36.4

2

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARCUS GRÖNHOLM / Timo Rautiainen

FIN

7

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:56:02.5

3

Subaru World Rally Team

PETTER SOLBERG / Philip Mills

N/GB

5

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

3:56:41.7

4

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:58:14.4

5

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

HARRI ROVANPERÄ / Risto Pietiläinen

FIN

9

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

3:58:20.0

6

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARKKO MÄRTIN / Michael Park

EE/GB

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:59:58.6

7

Citröen Total

FRANCOIS DUVAL / Sven Smeets

B

2

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

4:01:05.5

8

OMV World Rally Team

Manfred Stohl / Ilka Minor

A

16

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

4:01:19.3

Rally leaders: SS 1 Gronholm, 2-4 Solberg, 5- 22 Loeb
Loeb
won 9 stages, Gronholm 6, Solberg 5, Rovanpera & Gardemeister 1

Top 8 PCWRC

1

Qatar Petroleum/ Autotek Motorsport

Nasser Al-Attiyah / Chris Patterson

QA/GB

33

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

4:21:41.6

Exl.

Top Run srl

Mark Higgins / Trevor Agnew

GB

37

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

4:24:17.8

Exl.

VRS

Federico Villagra / Javier Villagra

RA

42

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 MR

N4

4:33:44.3

2

Mondial Rally

Angelo Medeghini / Barbara Capoferri

I

43

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

4:35:10.4

3

VRS

Luis Rosselot / Ricardo Rojas

RCH

48

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

4:35:29.8

4

Motoring Club

Fabio Frisiero / Giovanni Agnese

I

38

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

4:46:50.3

5

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Gabriel Pozzo / Daniel Stillo

RA

40

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

4:47:15.3

6

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Sebastián Beltran / Edgardo Galinda

RA

44

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

4:51:34.0

Rally leaders: SS 1-2 Villagra, 3-7 Higgins, 8-22 Al-Attiyah
Pozzo
won 7 stages, Villagra 6, Higgins 5, Al-Attiyah 4

Round 10 - Rally Finland (August 5-7)

Marcus Gronholm / Timo Rautiainen, Peugeot 307 WRCPeugeot´s Marcus Gronholm ended Citroen´s Sebastien Loeb's six-rally winning run by beating the Frenchman by 66.7sec. It was Gronholm's first victory since winning here 12 months ago, his fifth Rally Finland success and Peugeot's first win with Pirelli tyres. Loeb was the only serious threat for Gronholm, the Citroen driver nearly matching his pace until a puncture cost him around 30 seconds in the penultimate stage of Leg two. Peugeot´s Markko Martin ended the weekend on the podium, while Subaru´s Petter Solberg held on to 4th spot despite constant pressure from the excellent drive by Ford´s Mikko Hirvonen.

Citroen drivers Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti scored their second success of the season in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship. Guy Wilks is now leading the series.

In the Drivers' Championship standings Loeb now holds a 28 point advantage over Gronholm and Peugeot retook the lead of the Manufacturers Championship, one point ahead of Citroen

- WRC debut of the Suzuki Swift Super 1600

- Marcus Gronholm´s fifth win in six years on his home event

Top 8 in Finland

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARCUS GRÖNHOLM / Timo Rautiainen

FIN

7

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

02:54:11.0

2

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

02:55:17.7

3

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARKKO MÄRTIN / Michael Park

EE/GB

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

02:55:46.6

4

Subaru World Rally Team

PETTER SOLBERG / Philip Mills

N/GB

5

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

02:56:19.0

5

BP Ford World Rally Team

MIKKO HIRVONEN / Jarmo Lehtinen

FIN

4

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

02:56:24.6

6

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

02:57:43.4

7

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

HARRI ROVANPERÄ / Risto Pietiläinen

FIN

9

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

02:58:38.9

8

Citröen Total

FRANCOIS DUVAL / Sven Smeets

B

2

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

02:59:21.4

Rally leaders: SS 1 Solberg, 2 Loeb, 3-21 Gronholm
Gronholm won 11 stages,
Loeb 4, Solberg 3, Gardemeister 2, Hirvonen 1

Top 8 JWRC

1

(Kronos Racing)

Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti

E

41

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

3:20:17.8

2

(Suzuki Sport Europe)

Urmo Aava / Kuldar Sikk

EE

36

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

3:21:50.4

3

(Monster Sport Europe)

Guy Wilks / Phil Pugh

GB

32

Suzuki Swift Super 1600

A6

3:24:07.7

4

Luca Betti / Giovanni Agnese

I

38

Renault Clio Super 1600

A6

3:29:54.1

5

(N Technology)

Mirco Baldacci / Giovanni Bernacchini

RSM/I

34

Fiat Punto Super 1600

A6

3:41:32.6

6

(JM Engineering)

Martin Prokop / Petr Gross

CZ

43

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

3:50:22.5

7

(Kronos Racing)

Kris Meeke / Chris Patterson

GB

35

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

3:55:07.7

8

(PH Sport)

Conrad Rautenbach / Carl Williamson

ZW/GB

40

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

3:56:54.6

Rally leaders: SS 1-10 Meeke, 11-21 Sordo
Wilks
won 8 stages, Meeke 7, Sordo 3, Katajamaki 2, Aava 1   

Round 11 - Rallye Deutschland (August 26-28)

Citroen´s Sébastien Loeb took his eighth win of the year and secured fourth consecutive win in the Rallye Deutchland. The Citroen team were the pacesetters by some margin, with Francois Duval finishing a solid second to boost the French outfit's manufacturers' title hopes. Peugeot´s Marcus Gronholm ended the weekend on the podium, while his team-mate Markko Martin took the 4th place. Mitsubishi´s Gigi Galli was able to overhaul Ford´s Roman Kresta on the final day and Galli took the fifth place claiming a personal best in the FIA World Rally Championship.

Citroen drivers Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti scored their third success of the season in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship. Sordo is now leading also the series.

Loeb extended his advantage at the top of the Drivers' championship to 32 points over Gronholm and Citroen retook the lead of the Manufacturers Championship, six point ahead of Peugeot. The

Top 8 in Germany

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:27:13.2

2

Citröen Total

FRANCOIS DUVAL / Sven Smeets

B

2

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:27:50.6

3

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARCUS GRÖNHOLM / Timo Rautiainen

FIN

7

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:29:18.0

4

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARKKO MÄRTIN / Michael Park

EE/GB

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:31:22.6

5

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

GIANLUIGI GALLI / Guido d´Amore

I

10

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

3:32:16.8

6

BP Ford World Rally Team

ROMAN KRESTA / Jan Tomanek

CZ

4

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:32:25.5

7

Subaru World Rally Team

PETTER SOLBERG / Philip Mills

N/GB

5

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

3:35:01.3

8

Subaru World Rally Team

STEPHANE SARRAZIN / Denis Giraudet

F

6

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

3:35:47.3

Rally leaders: SS 1-2 Loeb, 3 Duval, 4-19 Loeb
Loeb won
13
stages, Duval 3, Solberg, Galli & Martin 1

Top 8 JWRC

1

(Kronos Racing)

Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti

E

41

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

3:46:59.3

2

(Kronos Racing)

Kris Meeke / Glenn Patterson

GB

35

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

3:48:24.2

3

(Monster Sport Europe)

Guy Wilks / Phil Pugh

GB

32

Suzuki Swift Super 1600

A6

3:50:53.9

4

(Monster Sport Europe)

Per-Gunnar Andersson / Jonas Andersson

S

31

Suzuki Swift Super 1600

A6

3:51:44.1

5

(Suzuki Sport Europe)

Kosti Katajamäki / Timo Alanne

FIN

33

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

3:53:07.7

6

Luca Betti / Giovanni Agnese

I

38

Renault Clio Super 1600

A6

3:57:20.3

7

(N Technology)

Mirco Baldacci / Giovanni Bernacchini

RSM/I

34

Fiat Punto Super 1600

A6

3:59:03.8

8

(JM Engineering)

Pavel Valousek / Pierangelo Scalvini

CZ/I

42

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:00:41.8

Rally leaders: SS 1-19 Sordo
Sordo & Meeke
won 8 stages, Wilks 3

Round 12 - Rally Great Britain (September 16-18)

The whole rallying world was halted on Sunday 18th September. On the SS15 of the Rally GB, the Peugeot of Markko Martin and Michael Park left the road and hit heavily into a tree on Park's side during the 17-mile Margam stage SS 15. Michael was killed in the crash and the the event was immediately stopped under the tragic circumstances. Rally leader Sebastien Loeb took a 2 minute penalty to avoid winning the World Championship on such a black day. Petter Solberg, who was second at the moment of the accident, was declared the winner. It was his fourth British win in a row although there was no reason to celebrate. 

Finnish Subaru driver Aki Teiskonen scored his first success of the season in the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship. Nasser Al-Attiyah is now leading the series, but Toshi Arai is only one point behind him.

Loeb extended his advantage at the top of the Drivers' championship to 34 points over Solberg and Citroen strengthened it´s lead of the Manufacturers Championship.

- Michael Park died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident. He was 39 years old and a father of two children.

- Aki Teiskonen gained his first ever PCWRC win

Top 8 in Great Britain

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Subaru World Rally Team

PETTER SOLBERG / Philip Mills

N/GB

5

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

2:45:57.8

2

Citröen Total

FRANCOIS DUVAL / Sven Smeets

B

2

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

2:47:15.2

3

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

2:47:15.7

4

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

HARRI ROVANPERÄ / Risto Pietiläinen

FIN

9

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

2:47:27.2

5

OMV World Rally Team

Manfred Stohl / Ilka Minor

A

18

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

2:48:32.8

6

BP Ford World Rally Team

ROMAN KRESTA / Jan Tomanek

CZ

4

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

2:49:15.1

7

Skoda Motorsport

COLIN MCRAE / Nicky Grist

GB

12

Skoda Fabia WRC05

A8

2:49:28.2

8

Eddie Stobart Motorsport

Mark Higgins / Trevor Agnew

GB

17

Ford Focus RS WRC03

A8

2:49:38.7

Rally leaders: SS 1 Gronholm, 2-14 Loeb
Loeb
won 8 stages, Gronholm 4, Rovanpera & Higgins 1

Top 8 PCWRC

1

Syms Rally Team

Aki Teiskonen / Miika Teiskonen

FIN

50

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:04:03.5

2

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Marcos Ligato / Ruben Garcia

RA

36

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

3:04:45.8

3

Nasser Al-Attiyah / Chris Patterson

QA/GB

33

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:05:05.4

4

Oman World Rally Team

Hamed Al-Wahaibi / David Senior

OM/GB

49

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:09:26.9

5

Fabio Frisiero / Giovanni Agnese

I

38

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:16:49.9

6

Mondial Rally

Angelo Medeghini / Barbara Capoferri

I

43

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:16:50.1

7

OMV World Rally Team

Natalie Barratt / Kaj Lindström

GB/FIN

41

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:27:51.5

8

Riccardo Errani / Stefano Casadio

I

45

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

3:33:34.0

Rally leaders: SS 1-2 Teiskonen, 3 Al-Attiyah, 4-14 Teiskonen
Teiskonen won 6 stages, Ligato 5, Al-Attiyah 2, Medeghini 1
   

Round 13 - Rally Japan (September 30-October 2)

The French Citroen driver Sebastien Loeb secure his second consecutive World Rally Championship title by finishing second in the Rally of Japan. The Frenchman, needing just a top three finish to lift the crown, adopted a cautious policy all weekend. He was set to take third until Subaru´s Petter Solberg retired when leading. That allowed Peugeot´s Marcus Gronholm to take his second win of the season. He dedicated the win to Michael Park who died tragically at Wales Rally GB. Solberg was leading Gronholm by a comfortable 20 seconds on the penultimate stage 25 when the Norwegian was forced to retire after hitting a rock. Solberg's late drama meant that his teammate Chris Atkinson scored the first podium finish of his WRC career.

In the Production Car catecory the victory went to Subaru driver Toshihiro Arai, who is also leading the PCWRC series.

Top 8 in Japan

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Marlboro Peugeot Total

MARCUS GRÖNHOLM / Timo Rautiainen

FIN

7

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:25:32.0

2

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:26:54.1

3

Subaru World Rally Team

CHRIS ATKINSON / Glenn MacNeall

AUS

6

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

3:28:12.0

4

Citröen Total

FRANCOIS DUVAL / Sven Smeets

B

2

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:28:31.4

5

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

HARRI ROVANPERÄ / Risto Pietiläinen

FIN

9

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

3:29:31.8

6

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:30:04.3

7

BP Ford World Rally Team

ROMAN KRESTA / Jan Tomanek

CZ

4

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:31:04.0

8

Marlboro Peugeot Total

DANIEL CARLSSON / Mattias Andersson

S

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:32:11.1

Rally leaders: SS 1 Atkinson, 2 Solberg, 3 Atkinson, 4-24 Solberg, 25-26 Gronholm
Gronholm won 9 stages, Solberg 8, Rovanpera 4, Loeb & Atkinson 3, Galli 1

Top 8 PCWRC (only 7 finishers)

1

Subaru Team Arai

Toshihiro Arai / Tony Sircombe

J/NZ

31

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

3:46:44.3

2

ADVAN-PIAA Rally Team

Fumio Nutahara / Satoshi Hayashi

J

34

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

3:48:25.8

3

Syms Rally Team

Aki Teiskonen / Miika Teiskonen

FIN

50

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:53:27.5

4

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Marcos Ligato / Ruben Garcia

RA

36

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

3:57:31.3

5

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Sebastián Beltran / Edgardo Galinda

RA

44

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

4:01:24.4

6

Oman World Rally Team

Hamed Al-Wahaibi / David Senior

OM/GB

49

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

4:35:30.4

7

Riccardo Errani / Stefano Casadio

I

45

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

4:42:33.8

Rally leaders: SS 1-9 Nutahara, 10-26 Arai
Arai won
16 stages, Nutahara 10 

Round 14 - Rallye de France - Tour de Corse (October 21-23)

Citroen´s Sebastien Loeb created once again rallying history by setting fastest time on all 12 speed tests en route to his ninth win of the season. Ford´s Toni Gardemeister scored a 2nd place taking his fourth podium of the season and secured also the 60th podium finish for the Focus WRC on its 100th start in the FIA World Rally Championship. Subaru´s Petter Solberg joined Loeb and Gardemeister on the podium, finishing one place clear of his team-mate Stéphane Sarrazin. Ford´s Roman Kresta took fifth while sixth for Skoda´s Alex Bengue was his best result and the best finish of the year for the Czech team.

The San Marino driver Mirco Baldacci claimed victory in the Junior World Rally Championship category recording Fiat's first win since Sanremo in October 2003. Spanish Citroen driver Daniel Sordo, who is also leading the JWRC series, finished second and third was Finnish Suzuki driver Kosti Katajamaki.

- Sebastien Loeb gained his ninth win of the season winning every special stege

- The Ford Focus WRC made its 100th WRC appearance

Top 8 in France

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:35:46.7

2

BP Ford World Rally Team

TONI GARDEMEISTER / Jakke Honkanen

FIN

3

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:37:38.4

3

Subaru World Rally Team

PETTER SOLBERG / Philip Mills

N/GB

5

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

3:38:28.7

4

Subaru World Rally Team

STEPHANE SARRAZIN / Denis Giraudet

F

6

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

3:39:20.9

5

BP Ford World Rally Team

ROMAN KRESTA / Jan Tomanek

CZ

4

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:41:08.2

6

Skoda Motorsport

ALEXANDRE BENGUE / Caroline Escudero

F

12

Skoda Fabia WRC05

A8

3:41:14.5

7

OMV World Rally Team

Xavier Pons / Carlos del Barrio

E

23

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:41:28.5

8

Marlboro Peugeot Total

NICOLAS BERNARDI / Jean-Marc Fortin

F/B

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:42:18.8

Rally leaders: SS 1-12 Loeb
Loeb
won 12 stages

Top 8 JWRC

1

(N Technology)

Mirco Baldacci / Giovanni Bernacchini

RSM/I

34

Fiat Punto Super 1600

A6

3:56:29.6

2

(Kronos Racing)

Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti

E

41

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

3:58:58.2

3

(Suzuki Sport Europe)

Kosti Katajamäki / Timo Alanne

FIN

33

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:00:37.8

4

(Suzuki Sport Europe)

Urmo Aava / Kuldar Sikk

EE

36

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:04:48.5

5

(PH Sport)

Conrad Rautenbach / Carl Williamson

ZW/GB

40

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

4:04:54.3

6

Luca Cecchettini / Antonio Morassi

I

39

Fiat Punto Super 1600

A6

4:06:10.9

7

(JM Engineering)

Martin Prokop / Petr Gross

CZ

43

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:06:34.0

8

(Kronos Racing)

Kris Meeke / Glenn Patterson

GB

35

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

4:13:44.3

Rally leaders: SS 1-7 Sordo, 8-12 Baldacci
Sordo won 7 stages, Meeke 4, Baldacci 1

Round 15 - Rallye Catalunya - Costa Daurada (October 28-30)

Newly-crowned double champion Sebastien Loeb took his 10th win of the seson 2005 and Citroen secured its third consecutive manufacturers' title. It will be Loeb´s 20th win on his way to be the most successful french rally driver equalling with Didier Auriol. The win was also Citroen's 25th, moving them one win ahead of legendary Audi. Citroen´s Francois Duval placed second, but the star of the rally was Mikko Hirvonen. The Finn, driving a privateer 2003-spec Ford Focus, took two stage victories in the rally and the third place overall. He got a 20-second penalty on Saturday evening for exceeding the time spent in service and dropped to fourth, but a stunning final stage drive allowed him to top the times and reclaim the podium spot from his Spanish rival - Citroen privateer Xavier Pons, who was fourth. Ford´s Roman Kresta took fifth place and Peugeot´s Nicolas Bernardi was sixth. 

The French team Citroen also celebrated the victory of Daniel Sordo. The Spaniard not only took the victory in the Junior class despite a one minute penalty, he also becomes the Junior World Champion 2005

- Sebastien Loeb gained his tenth win of the season 

- Private entrant Mikko Hirvonen finished on the podium

Top 8 in Spain

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Citröen Total

SEBASTIEN LOEB / Daniel Elena

F/MC

1

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:31:07.0

2

Citröen Total

FRANCOIS DUVAL / Sven Smeets

B

2

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:32:28.9

3

(Promoracing - M-Sport)

Mikko Hirvonen / Jarmo Lehtinen

FIN

18

Ford Focus RS WRC03

A8

3:33:53.7

4

OMV World Rally Team

Xavier Pons / Carlos del Barrio

E

19

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:33:54.9

5

BP Ford World Rally Team

ROMAN KRESTA / Jan Tomanek

CZ

4

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:34:31.6

6

Marlboro Peugeot Total

NICOLAS BERNARDI / Jean-Marc Fortin

F/B

8

Peugeot 307 WRC

A8

3:35:16.4

7

BP Ford World Rally Team

Antony Warmbold / Michael Orr

D/GB

15

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:36:07.3

8

Skoda Motorsport

Jan Kopecky / Filip Schovanek

CZ

17

Skoda Fabia WRC05

A8

3:36:29.3

Rally leaders: SS 1-15 Loeb
Loeb won 9
stages, Hirvonen 2, Solberg, Sola & Galli 1

Top 8 JWRC

1

(Kronos Racing)

Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti

E

41

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

3:48:27.7

2

(Suzuki Sport Europe)

Kosti Katajamäki / Timo Alanne

FIN

33

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

3:53:28.6

3

(N Technology)

Mirco Baldacci / Giovanni Bernacchini

RSM/I

34

Fiat Punto Super 1600

A6

3:53:50.4

4

(Suzuki Sport Europe)

Urmo Aava / Kuldar Sikk

EE

36

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

3:58:15.9

5

(JM Engineering)

Martin Prokop / Petr Gross

CZ

43

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

3:59:05.9

6

(JM Engineering)

Pavel Valousek / Pierangelo Scalvini

CZ/I

42

Suzuki Ignis Super 1600

A6

4:02:07.8

7

(Kronos Racing)

Kris Meeke / Glenn Patterson

GB

35

Citroen C2 Super 1600

A6

4:09:59.5

8

Luca Cecchettini / Massimo Daddoveri

I

39

Fiat Punto Super 1600

A6

4:36:29.2

Rally leaders: SS 1-6 Sordo, 7 Wilks, 8-11 Baldacci, 12-15 Sordo
Sordo won
9 stages, Meeke 2, Wilks & Baldacci 1   

Round 16 - Rally Australia (November 11-13)

Citroen driver Francois Duval, five days before his 25th birthday, achieved his first ever WRC win. Duval and his codriver Sven Smeets are the first Belgians to ever win a round of the World Rally Championship. With a total of eleven wins to its name in 2005, Citroen team has also beaten the record for the highest number of wins in a single season, a record that Lancia had held since 1988. The Xsara WRC ended its works career on a high note. From 58 starts since its debut in Spain in 2001, the car has won 24 times. It is now the most successful rally car ever equalling with Peugeot 206 WRC. And the Xsara is still in the game next year... 

Finn Harri Rovanpera scored the best result of the season for Mitsubishi finishing in second place, while Citroen privateer Manfred Stohl took third repeating his podium finish in Cyprus. Skoda´s Colin McRae was fighting with Rovanpera for the 2nd place, but clutch change proved problematic and took too long time and forced the Scotsman out of the event just three stages before the finish. Subaru´s Chris Atkinson finished fourth, ahead of Mitsubishi's Gigi Galli and works Ford driver Roman Kresta, making a solid finish for the new Focus RS WRC06 on its debut. Ford privateer Daniel Sola was seventh and Skoda´s Armin Schwarz finished 8th contesting his career´s final rally.

The Japanese Subaru driver Toshihiro Arai not only took the victory in the Production class, he also became the 2005 Procuction Car World Rally Champion for the first time in his career. 

- Francois Duval scored his first WRC win for a Belgian driver

- Toshihiro Arai became Japan´s first ever motorsport World Champion when he won the PCWRC series 

- WRC debut of the Ford Focus RS WRC06

- The final appearance of Peugeot´s works team

- Private entrant Manfred Stohl finished on the podium

Top 8 in Australia

 

ENTRANT (TEAM)

DRIVER/CODRIVER

NAT.

NR

CAR

GR

TIME

1

Citröen Total

FRANCOIS DUVAL / Sven Smeets

B

2

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:19:55.0

2

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

HARRI ROVANPERÄ / Risto Pietiläinen

FIN

9

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

3:20:47.9

3

OMV World Rally Team

Manfred Stohl / Ilka Minor

A

16

Citroen Xsara WRC

A8

3:21:28.0

4

Subaru World Rally Team

CHRIS ATKINSON / Glenn MacNeall

AUS

6

Subaru Impreza WRC2005

A8

3:21:34.0

5

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports

GIANLUIGI GALLI / Guido d´Amore

I

10

Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

A8

3:22:59.4

6

BP Ford World Rally Team

ROMAN KRESTA / Jan Tomanek

CZ

4

Ford Focus RS WRC06

A8

3:23:04.0

7

BP Ford World Rally Team

Daniel Sola / Xavier Amigo

E

14

Ford Focus RS WRC04

A8

3:26:12.4

8

Skoda Motorsport

ARMIN SCHWARZ / Klaus Wicha

D

11

Skoda Fabia WRC05

A8

3:27:59.3

Rally leaders: SS 1 Sainz, 2-24 Loeb
Loeb won 8 stages, Duval 7, Robert & Loix 2, Sainz, Martin & Schwarz 1

Top 8 PCWRC

1

Subaru Team Arai

Toshihiro Arai / Tony Sircombe

J/NZ

31

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

3:35:38.2

2

(Top Run srl)

Mark Higgins / Daniel Barritt

GB

37

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

3:37:24.8

3

Subaru Argentina Rally Team

Gabriel Pozzo / Daniel Stillo

RA

40

Subaru Impreza WRX Spec-C

N4

3:38:06.7

4

ADVAN-PIAA Rally Team

Fumio Nutahara / Satoshi Hayashi

J

34

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

3:40:31.0

5

Nasser Al-Attiyah / Chris Patterson

QA/GB

33

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:41:55.9

6

Federico Villagra / Javier Villagra

RA

42

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 MR

N4

3:50:35.6

7

Fabio Frisiero / Giovanni Agnese

I

38

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

N4

3:52:40.4

8

Riccardo Errani / Stefano Casadio

I

45

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8

N4

4:14:04.6

Rally leaders: SS 1 Nutahara, 2 Arai, 3-21 McRae, 22-23 McShea, 24-25 Arai
Arai
won 9 stages, Pons 8, Nutahara 5, McRae 2, Galli & Paasonen 1