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1983 World Rally Championship season

1983 World Rally Championship season
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The 1983 World Rally Championship season was the 11th season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) World Rally Championship (WRC). The season consisted of 12 rallies. By this time, the schedule format had become generally stable, with only one or two changes to venues year to year. 1983 brought the return of Argentina to the schedule in place of Brazil. Audi's Hannu Mikkola beat the defending world champion Walter Röhrl and his Lancia teammate Markku Alén to the drivers' title. Lancia captured the manufacturers' title from Audi by just two points.

Summary

German Walter Röhrl, champion of the previous year despite his manufacturer's failed bid to capture the title, was tapped to drive for the Martini Racing team along with Finn Markku Alén in the new Lancia Rally 037 car. Audi Sport meanwhile carried forward from its successful title run in 1982 led by the same pair of drivers, Finn Hannu Mikkola and Frenchwoman Michèle Mouton, equipped with the Quattro A1 (later in the season upgrading to the A2 model). The team also future champion Swede Stig Blomqvist. Rothmans Opel Rally Team tapped former champion Finn Ari Vatanen and fellow countryman Henri Toivonen to drive the Ascona 400 during the season.

Competition was fierce both for drivers and manufacturers. The works battle quickly centered on the Audi and Lancia, and over the course of the season the two cars would win 10 of the 12 events and sit on 30 of the year's 36 podium positions. Lancia emerged on top, returning the manufacturer to glory for the first time since the company seized three consecutive titles in the mid-1970s. Audi's performance was impressive and the car was improved in the second half of the season, winning three of the final four events to nearly catch the Italian maker.

Driver competition was no less intense, with both of the Martini team-mates scoring well through the season. However, they were outpaced by Mikkola, who was able to garner four wins and seven podiums to take the title by a healthy margin in the end. Martini teammate Blomqvist was impressive, finally winning in the last event of the year to place fourth overall, but Mouton's season was a disappointment, her fifth place finish well off the pace. The Rothmans team meanwhile suffered an unimpressive season, the lone highlight being Vatanen's win in Kenya. This however would prove to be the team's only podium finish, and Ari himself would finish a distant sixth place on the year.

As with previous seasons, while all 12 events were calculated for tallying the drivers' scores, only 10 of the events applied to the championship for manufacturers. The two events in 1983 which applied only to driver standings were Sweden and the Rallye Côte d'Ivoire.

Teams and drivers

Team Constructor Car Tyre Drivers Rounds
23x15px Martini Racing Lancia Rally 037 P 23x15px Walter Röhrl 1, 3, 5–7, 10
23x15px Markku Alén 1, 3, 5–6, 8–10
23x15px Jean-Claude Andruet 1, 5
23x15px Adartico Vudafieri 3, 8
23x15px Attilio Bettega 5–7, 10
23x15px Francisco Mayorga 8
23x15px Pentti Airikkala 9
23x15px Audi Sport Audi Quattro A1
Quattro A2
M
P
23x15px Hannu Mikkola All
23x15px Michèle Mouton 1–10, 12
23x15px Stig Blomqvist 1–3, 6–10, 12
23x15px Lasse Lampi 2, 9, 11–12
23x15px Franz Wittmann 3, 6
Template:Country data KEN Vic Preston Jr 4
Template:Country data KEN Shekhar Mehta 8
23x15px Rubén Luis di Palma 8
23x15px Bernard Darniche 10
23x15px John Buffum 12
23x15px Rothmans Opel Rally Team Opel Ascona 400
Manta 400
M 23x15px Ari Vatanen 1–2, 4, 6, 9–10, 12
23x15px Henri Toivonen 1, 6, 9–10, 12
23x15px Guy Frequelin 1, 5
23x15px Rauno Aaltonen 4
23x15px Jimmy McRae 6, 12
23x15px Renault Elf Renault 5 Turbo M 23x15px Jean Ragnotti 1, 5–6
23x15px Jean-Luc Thérier 1, 3, 5
23x15px Bruno Saby 1, 5
23x15px Dany Snobeck 1
23x15px François Chatriot 5
Template:Country data JPN Team Nissan Europe Nissan 240RS D 23x15px Timo Salonen 1, 3–4, 6–7, 9, 12
23x15px Terry Kaby 3
Template:Country data KEN Shekhar Mehta 4, 6–7
Template:Country data KEN Mike Kirkland 4
Template:Country data KEN Jayant Shah 4
23x15px Tony Pond 5
23x15px George Moschous 6
23x15px Reg Cook 7
23x15px Erkki Pitkänen 9
23x15px Peter Geitel 12
23x15px Citroën Competitions Citroën Visa M 23x15px Maurice Chomat 1, 3, 6, 12
23x15px Alain Coppier 1, 3, 5–6, 9–10, 12
23x15px Christian Dorche 1–3, 5–6, 12
23x15px Philippe Wambergue 3, 6, 12
23x15px Christian Rio 3, 6, 12
23x15px BMW Motul BMW M1 P 23x15px Bernard Béguin 5
23x15px Jolly Club Lancia Rally 037 P 23x15px Adartico Vudafieri 5, 10
23x15px Miki Biasion 10
23x15px Tonino Tognana 10
Template:Country data JPN Toyota Team Europe Toyota Celica TCT P 23x15px Björn Waldegård 9, 11–12
23x15px Juha Kankkunen 9, 11–12
23x15px Per Eklund 11

Events

Map

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Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface

Schedule and results

Round Rally name Stages Podium finishers
Rank Driver Co-driver Car Time
1 23x15px
51éme Rallye Automobile de Monte Carlo
(22–29 January)
30 stages
709 km
Tarmac
1 23x15px Walter Röhrl 23x15px Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 7:58:57
2 23x15px Markku Alén 23x15px Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rallye 037 8:05:59
3 23x15px Stig Blomqvist 23x15px Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A1 8:10:15
2 23x15px
33rd International Swedish Rally[1]
(11–13 February)
24 stages
466 km
Snow/Ice
1 23x15px Hannu Mikkola 23x15px Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A1 4:28:47
2 23x15px Stig Blomqvist 23x15px Björn Cederberg Audi 80 Quattro 4:29:34
3 23x15px Lasse Lampi 23x15px Pentti Kuukkala Audi Quattro A1 4:32:51
3 23x15px
17º Rallye de Portugal Vinho do Porto
(2–5 March)
40 stages
642 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1 23x15px Hannu Mikkola 23x15px Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A1 7:17:24
2 23x15px Michèle Mouton 23x15px Fabrizia Pons Audi Quattro A1 7:18:19
3 23x15px Walter Röhrl 23x15px Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 7:19:14
4 Template:Country data KEN
31st Marlboro Safari Rally
(30 March – 4 April)
87 controls
5035 km
Gravel
1 23x15px Ari Vatanen 23x15px Terry Harryman Opel Ascona 400 +3:96 pen
2 23x15px Hannu Mikkola 23x15px Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A1 +4:02 pen
3 23x15px Michèle Mouton 23x15px Fabrizia Pons Audi Quattro A1 +4:55 pen
5 23x15px
27éme Tour De Corse – Rallye de France
(5–7 May)
28 stages
1008 km
Tarmac
1 23x15px Markku Alén 23x15px Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rallye 037 12:43:38
2 23x15px Walter Röhrl 23x15px Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 12:45:27
3 23x15px Adartico Vudafieri 23x15px Luigi Pirollo Lancia Rallye 037 12:50:08
6 23x15px
30th Acropolis Rally
(30 May – 2 June)
45 stages
836 km
Gravel
1 23x15px Walter Röhrl 23x15px Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 11:12:22
2 23x15px Markku Alén 23x15px Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rallye 037 11:18:42
3 23x15px Stig Blomqvist 23x15px Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2 11:26:18
7 23x15px
13th Sanyo Rally of New Zealand
(25–28 June)
33 stages
1069 km
Gravel
1 23x15px Walter Röhrl 23x15px Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 12:10:13
2 23x15px Timo Salonen 23x15px Seppo Harjanne Nissan 240RS 12:26:11
3 23x15px Attilio Bettega 23x15px Maurizio Perissinot Lancia Rallye 037 12:41:42
8 23x15px
3º Marlboro Rally Argentina
(2–6 August)
18 stages
1274 km
Gravel
1 23x15px Hannu Mikkola 23x15px Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A2 10:18:54
2 23x15px Stig Blomqvist 23x15px Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2 10:21:28
3 23x15px Michèle Mouton 23x15px Fabrizia Pons Audi Quattro A2 10:25:35
9 23x15px
33rd 1000 Lakes Rally
(26–28 August)
50 stages
473 km
Gravel
1 23x15px Hannu Mikkola 23x15px Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A2 4:23:44
2 23x15px Stig Blomqvist 23x15px Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2 4:24:05
3 23x15px Markku Alén 23x15px Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rallye 037 4:24:33
10 23x15px
25º Rallye Sanremo
(2–8 October)
58 stages
775 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1 23x15px Markku Alén 23x15px Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Rallye 037 8:50:17
2 23x15px Walter Röhrl 23x15px Christian Geistdörfer Lancia Rallye 037 8:52:26
3 23x15px Attilio Bettega 23x15px Maurizio Perissinot Lancia Rallye 037 8:55:27
11 23x15px
15ème Rallye Côte d'Ivoire[1]
(25–30 October)
54 controls
4600 km
Gravel
1 23x15px Björn Waldegård 23x15px Hans Thorszelius Toyota Celica TCT +5:18 pen
2 23x15px Hannu Mikkola 23x15px Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A2 +5:29 pen
3 23x15px Per Eklund 23x15px Dave Whittock Toyota Celica TCT +6:58 pen
12 23x15px
32nd Lombard RAC Rally
(19–23 November)
57 stages
790 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1 23x15px Stig Blomqvist 23x15px Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2 8:50:28
2 23x15px Hannu Mikkola 23x15px Arne Hertz Audi Quattro A2 9:00:21
3 23x15px Jimmy McRae 23x15px Ian Grindrod Opel Manta 400 9:12:19

Standings

Drivers' championship

Rank Driver Event Total
points
23x15px
MON
23x15px
SWE
23x15px
POR
Template:Country data KEN
KEN
23x15px
FRA
23x15px
GRC
23x15px
NZL
23x15px
ARG
23x15px
FIN
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
CIV
23x15px
GBR
1 23x15px Hannu Mikkola (10) 20 20 15 20 20 15 15 125
2 23x15px Walter Röhrl 20 12 15 20 20 15 102
3 23x15px Markku Alén 15 10 20 15 8 12 20 100
4 23x15px Stig Blomqvist 12 15 12 15 15 20 89
5 23x15px Michèle Mouton 10 15 12 12 4 53
6 23x15px Ari Vatanen 8 6 20 10 44
7 23x15px Attilio Bettega 10 8 12 12 42
8 23x15px Lasse Lampi 12 4 10 26
9 Template:Country data KEN Shekhar Mehta 6 10 10 26
10 23x15px Per Eklund 10 12 22
11 23x15px Björn Waldegård 20 20
12 23x15px Adartico Vudafieri 8 12 20
13 23x15px Timo Salonen 15 3 18
14 23x15px Henri Toivonen 6 13 16
15 23x15px Jimmy McRae 3 12 15
16 23x15px Kalle Grundel 8 3 11
17 Template:Country data KEN Jayant Shah 10 10
23x15px Alain Ambrosino 10 10
19 23x15px Juha Kankkunen 6 4 10
20 23x15px Bruno Saby 1 8 9
21 Template:Country data KEN Johnny Hellier 8 8
23x15px Reg Cook 8 8
23x15px Pentti Airikkala 8 8
23x15px Miki Biasion 8 8
23x15px Eugène Salim 8 8
23x15px Russell Brookes 8 8
27 23x15px Franz Wittmann 4 4 8
28 23x15px Antonio Zanini 6 6
23x15px Wolfgang Stiller 6 6
23x15px Tony Pond 6 6
23x15px Possum Bourne 6 6
23x15px Franz Wurz 6 6
23x15px Dario Cerrato 6 6
23x15px John Buffum 6 6
35 23x15px Jean Ragnotti 4 4
23x15px Sören Nilsson 4 4
Template:Country data KEN Manoj Shah 4 4
23x15px Jean-Sébastien Couloumiès 4 4
23x15px Michael Bish 4 4
23x15px Ernesto Soto 4 4
41 23x15px Jean-Claude Andruet 3 3
23x15px Mikael Ericsson 3 3
23x15px Terry Kaby 3 3
Template:Country data KEN Paul de Voest 3 3
23x15px Alain Coppier 3 3
23x15px Peter Watt 3 3
23x15px Jorge Recalde 3 3
23x15px Lucky 3 3
49 23x15px Mikael Sundström 1 2 3
50 23x15px Francis Serpaggi 2 2
23x15px Lars-Erik Walfridsson 2 2
23x15px Christian Dorche 2 2
23x15px Jean-Michel Guyot 2 2
23x15px Philippe Wambergue 2 2
23x15px Mike Cameron 2 2
23x15px Carlos Celis 2 2
23x15px Erkki Pitkänen 2 2
23x15px Bernard Darniche 2 2
59 23x15px Ola Strömberg 1 1
23x15px Marc Duez 1 1
23x15px Jean-Louis Ravenel 1 1
23x15px Maurice Chomat 1 1
23x15px Gerardo Campo 1 1
23x15px Gabriele Noberasco 1 1
23x15px Mats Holmbom 1 1

Manufacturers' championship

Rank Manufacturers Event Total
points
23x15px
MON
23x15px
POR
Template:Country data KEN
KEN
23x15px
FRA
23x15px
GRC
23x15px
NZL
23x15px
ARG
23x15px
FIN
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
GBR
1 23x15px Lancia 18 14 18 18 18 (10) 14 18 118
2 23x15px Audi 14 18 16 14 18 18 (6) 18 116
3 23x15px Opel 10 (9) 18 12 12 9 12 14 87
4 Template:Country data JPN Nissan 4 12 8 8 16 4 52
5 23x15px Renault 6 10 11 27
6 Template:Country data JPN Toyota 10 8 6 24
7 Template:Country data JPN Subaru 13 13
8 23x15px British Leyland Cars 11 11
23x15px Volkswagen 11 11
10 23x15px Peugeot 10 10
23x15px Vauxhall 10 10
12 Template:Country data JPN Mazda 9 9
23x15px Alfa Romeo 9 9
14 23x15px Citroën 2 5 2 9
15 23x15px Talbot 8 8
16 Template:Country data JPN Mitsubishi 7 7

Pointscoring systems

Drivers' championship

Points awarded by finish 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
20 15 12 10 8 6 4 3 2 1

Manufacturers' championship

Overall
finish
Group finish
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 18
2 17 16
3 16 15 14
4 15 14 13 12
5 14 13 12 11 10
6 13 12 11 10 9 8
7 12 11 10 9 8 7 6
8 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4
9 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1

References

  1. ^ a b Event not included in the Manufacturers' Championship

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