2012 World Rally Championship season
|2012 World Rally Championship season|
|Current season summary|
Classes of competition
The 2012 World Rally Championship season was the 40th season of the FIA World Rally Championship. The season run over thirteen rallies, beginning with the Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo on 17 January, and ending on 11 November at Rally de España. Sébastien Loeb won the drivers' championship for the ninth time in his career, ahead of Finns Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala. Citroën won the manufacturers' championship.
- 1 Calendar
- 2 Teams and drivers
- 3 Results and standings
- 4 Changes
- 5 References
- 6 External links
- Early plans to run the Rally Argentina over an "endurance" format with stages in neighbouring Uruguay and Chile were abandoned in favour of a new route which featured over Script error: No such module "convert". of competitive stages and made it the longest rally in the modern era of the sport. The rally also featured the longest stage of the championship, the Script error: No such module "convert". El Durzano–Ambul stage. The extended rally route has been promoted as a prototype of a format proposed by FIA President Jean Todt.
- The Jordan Rally was removed from the calendar. Rally Abu Dhabi was expected to be promoted in its place, but was omitted from the final calendar and given candidate status for future inclusion in the championship.
- The Wales Rally GB was brought forward from its traditional November date to September, making Rally of Spain the season finale.
- The route of the Rally Finland was revised from the 2011 event, and included the return of several famous stages, including Ouninpohja, Mokkipera and Palsankyla.
- The Rally d'Italia was moved back from May to October.
- The Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo returned to the calendar after a three-year absence.
- The Rally New Zealand replaced Rally Australia, in keeping with their event-sharing arrangement.
Teams and drivers
World Rally Championship entries
- ^1 – The Mini WRC Team lost Mini's support as a manufacturer team after the Monte Carlo Rally, making them inelegible to score points in the World Rally Championship for Manufacturers. The Mini WRC Team became known as the Prodrive WRC Team from the Rally de Portugal.
- ^2 – The Armindo Araújo World Rally Team and Palmeirinha Rally were merged to form WRC Team Mini Portugal with the support of Mini for the Rally of Sweden; however, the FIA ruled that they were not eligible to score points in the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers.
Team and driver changes
- Chris Atkinson returned to the WRC to contest the Rally of Mexico with the Monster World Rally Team. He also drove at the Rally of Finland on behalf of the Qatar World Rally Team as Nasser Al-Attiyah was competing at the London Olympic Games, and later joined WRC Team Mini Portugal in the place of Armindo Araújo for the Rally of Germany. Atkinson's last appearance at the WRC level was a one-off drive with the Citroën Junior Team at the 2009 Rally Ireland.
- Ken Block will contest a reduced WRC program, appearing at Rally Mexico, Rally New Zealand and Rally Finland.
- The Citroën World Rally Team will expand to a three-car operation, entering a third Citroën DS3 WRC for 2011 Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah. Al-Attiyah was originally scheduled to contest every event with the exception of the Rallye Monte Carlo owing to a date clash with the 2012 Dakar Rally. However, Al-Attiyah was selected to represent his native Qatar at the London Olympics in skeet shooting and was forced to miss the Rally of New Zealand and the Rally of Finland.
- François Delecour returned to the WRC to compete in the 80ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo. Delecour drove a Ford Fiesta RS WRC in the rally, his first event at the WRC level since the 2002 Rally of Great Britain. The Rallye Monte Carlo is Delecour's only planned appearance in the 2012 season.
- 2011 championship runner-up Mikko Hirvonen and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen moved from the Ford World Rally Team to Citroën.
- Jari-Matti Latvala was injured in an accident during a training exercise two weeks before Rally Argentina, forcing him out of the event. He was replaced by Dani Sordo for the event.
- Lotus Cars planned to enter a Lotus Exige R-GT at all tarmac events on the 2012 calendar, pending the homologation of the car. The Lotus Exige R-GT was be Lotus' first entry in the World Rally Championship since the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus in 1983 Rally of Portugal, but the team later changed their plans and the team made its debut appearance at the Rali Vinho da Madeira, a round of the European Rally Championship instead of the WRC.
- Mini WRC Team will only enter one works driver in selected events of 2012, after the team was unable to find the budget for two full-time entries. Dani Sordo will enter in every event, with the second car driven by local competitors. The team has stated that Kris Meeke will not compete in every rally, but will remain a part of the team. On 6 February 2012, it was announced that the status of the Prodrive-operated team had been demoted to a works-supported private team, while the Motorsport Italia-run WRC Team Mini Portugal became the factory team of Mini. The team was renamed "Prodrive WRC Team" before the Rally de Portugal.
- Thierry Neuville, winner of the 2011 Tour de Corse in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, will compete in nine rallies at the WRC level – with a provision for two more – in a Citroën DS3 WRC prepared by Citroën Racing Technology and run by PH Sport, which was re-opened after being closed down for the 2011 season. He also drove for the Qatar World Rally Team at the Rally of New Zealand. Neuville had previously contested the Junior World Rally Championship in with a Citroën C2 S1600 in 2010.
- Evgeny Novikov and Ott Tänak will join the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team.
- Sébastien Ogier was released from his three-year contract with Citroën after just one season. Ogier later joined Volkswagen to develop the Polo R WRC for their 2013 WRC entry, while contesting the full 2012 WRC schedule in a Škoda Fabia S2000 with regular co-driver Julien Ingrassia.
- Martin Prokop, who previously competed in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship, will take part in ten rallies driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
- Kimi Räikkönen returned to Formula One. The WRC arm of his Ice 1 Racing team was subsequently shut down.
- Former M-Sport drivers Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson joined the newly formed non-manufacturer Go Fast Energy World Rally Team with the intention of completing the season, but the team only appeared at the Rally Monte Carlo and the Rally of Sweden. Wilson later re-joined M-Sport for a one-off appearance at the Wales Rally GB.
- 2003 World Champion Petter Solberg secured a seat with the Ford World Rally Team. His privately entered team, with which he had competed with between 2009 and 2011, was closed down.
|31||23x15px ASM Motorsport||23x15px Hayden Paddon||23x15px John Kennard||Škoda Fabia S2000||2, 4, 7|
|23x15px Baumschlager Rallye & Racing||8, 10–11, 13|
|32||23x15px Gareth Roberts||Ford Fiesta S2000||1–2, 4|
|8, 10–11, 13|
|33||23x15px Proton Motorsports||23x15px Per-Gunnar Andersson||23x15px Emil Axelsson||Proton Satria Neo S2000||1–2, 7–8, 10–11, 13|
|34||23x15px Giandomenico Basso||23x15px Mitia Dotta||1|
|23x15px Alister McRae||23x15px Bill Hayes||2, 7|
|23x15px Juha Salo||23x15px Marko Salminen||8|
|23x15px Tom Cave||23x15px Craig Parry||10|
|23x15px Andreas Aigner||23x15px Detlef Ruf||11|
|23x15px Alastair Fisher||23x15px Daniel Barritt||13|
|35||23x15px Castrol TRW Motointegrator||23x15px Maciej Oleksowicz||23x15px Andrzej Obrebowski||Ford Fiesta S2000||2, 4, 7–8, 10–11, 13|
|36||23x15px Yazeed Racing||23x15px Yazeed Al-Rajhi||23x15px Michael Orr||Ford Fiesta RRC||2, 4, 7–8, 10–11, 13|
|Additional guest entries|
|49||23x15px Even Management||23x15px Pontus Tidemand||23x15px Göran Bergsten||Škoda Fabia S2000||2|
|63||23x15px Gundersen Motorsport||23x15px Marius Aasen||23x15px Veronica Engan||Ford Fiesta S2000||2|
|49||23x15px Team Vianauto/Galp Formula||23x15px Pedro Meireles||23x15px Mário Castro||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X R4||4|
|49||23x15px Printsport||23x15px Esapekka Lappi||23x15px Janne Ferm||Ford Fiesta S2000||8|
|49||23x15px M-Sport||23x15px Alastair Fisher||23x15px Daniel Barritt||Ford Fiesta S2000||10|
|49||23x15px PCR Sport||23x15px Albert Llovera||23x15px Diego Vallejo||Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000||13|
- Team and driver changes
- Bryan Bouffier, who won the 79ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo when it was a part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, will compete in 2012 Monte Carlo Rally with a Peugeot 207 S2000.
- Craig Breen, winner of the 2011 WRC Academy will enter the Super 2000 championship driving a Ford Fiesta S2000.
- Proton will enter the Super 2000 category for the first time, entering two Proton Satria Neos into the Rallye Monte Carlo for Per-Gunnar Andersson and Giandomenico Basso, with Alister McRae making an appearance later in the season. The team will compete at seven selected events in the 2012 season.
- Hayden Paddon, the 2011 Group N World Champion, will contest the Super 2000 championship, driving a Škoda Fabia S2000 prepared by Spanish team ASM Motorsport.
|31||23x15px Lotos Dynamic Rally Team||23x15px Michał Kościuszko||23x15px Maciek Szczepaniak||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||1, 3, 5, 9, 12–13|
|32||23x15px FRT Rally||23x15px Nicolás Fuchs||23x15px Rubén García||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||1|
|23x15px Fernando Mussano||3, 5|
|23x15px Symtech Racing||Subaru Impreza WRX STI||6, 9, 12–13|
|33||23x15px Top Run Motorsport||23x15px Marcos Ligato||23x15px Rubén García||Subaru Impreza WRX STI||5–7, 9, 12–13|
|34||23x15px Miele Racing||23x15px Lorenzo Bertelli||23x15px Lorenzo Granai||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX||1, 5|
|Subaru Impreza WRX STI||6–7, 12–13|
|36||23x15px Rally Team GB||23x15px Louise Cook||23x15px Stefan Davis||Ford Fiesta ST||1, 6–7, 12|
|Ford Fiesta R2||9, 13|
|38||23x15px Ralliart Italy||23x15px Benito Guerra||23x15px Borja Rozada||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||3, 5–6, 9, 12–13|
|39||23x15px Mentos Ascania Racing||23x15px Valeriy Gorban||23x15px Andriy Nikolaiev||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX||5–7, 9, 12–13|
|41||23x15px Oleksiy Kikireshko||23x15px Pavlo Cherepin||5–7|
|23x15px Sergei Larens||9, 12–13|
|40||23x15px G.B. Motors||23x15px Gianluca Linari||23x15px Nicola Arena||Subaru Impreza WRX STI||3, 5, 7|
|23x15px Monica Fortunato||6|
|23x15px Andrea Cecchi||12–13|
|42||23x15px Triviño World Rally Team||23x15px Ricardo Triviño||23x15px Àlex Haro||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||5|
|Subaru Impreza WRX STI||6, 9, 12–13|
|Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX||7|
|44||23x15px Ramona Rallying||23x15px Ramona Karlsson||23x15px Miriam Walfridsson||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||3, 5, 7, 9, 12–13|
|45||Template:Country data IDN Bosowa Rally Team||Template:Country data IDN Subhan Aksa||Template:Country data IDN Hade Mboi||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||5|
|23x15px Jeff Judd||6–7, 9|
|23x15px Nicola Arena||12|
|23x15px Bill Hayes||13|
|Additional guest entries|
|49||23x15px Salgado Rally Team||23x15px Rodrigo Salgado||23x15px Diódoro Salgado||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX||3|
|49||23x15px CRS Team||23x15px Ezequiel Campos||23x15px Cristian Winkler||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||5|
|49||23x15px RMC Motorsport||23x15px Yeray Lemes||23x15px Rogelio Peñate||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||13|
|50||23x15px Escuderia Gironella||23x15px Josep Maria Membrado||23x15px Josep Ramón Ribolledo||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||13|
WRC Academy entries
|23x15px Christopher Duplessis||4, 6|
|23x15px Alexander Kihurani||8|
|23x15px José Antonio Suárez||23x15px Cándido Carrera||4, 6, 8–9, 11, 13|
|23x15px Alastair Fisher||23x15px Daniel Barritt||4, 6, 8–9, 11|
|23x15px Mark Donnelly||23x15px Dai Roberts||4|
|23x15px Pontus Tidemand||23x15px Stig Rune Skjærmoen||4, 6, 8, 11, 13|
|23x15px Emil Axelsson||9|
|23x15px Brendan Reeves||23x15px Rhianon Smyth||4, 6, 8–9, 11, 13|
|23x15px Timo van der Marel||23x15px Erwin Berkhof||4, 6, 8–9, 11, 13|
|23x15px John MacCrone||23x15px Stuart Loudon||4, 6, 8–9, 11, 13|
|23x15px Elfyn Evans||23x15px Andrew Edwards||4, 6|
|23x15px Philip Pugh||8–9, 11|
|23x15px Sebastian Marshall||13|
|23x15px Yeray Lemes||23x15px Rogelio Peñate||4|
|23x15px João Silva||23x15px José Janela||4|
|23x15px Hugo Magalhães||6, 8–9|
|23x15px Ashley Haigh-Smith||23x15px Craig Parry||4, 6, 8–9|
|23x15px Fredrik Åhlin||23x15px Morten Erik Abrahamsen||4, 6, 8–9, 11, 13|
|Entries not scoring Academy points|
|23x15px Martin Koči||23x15px Lukáš Zámečník||9|
|23x15px Aron Domzala||23x15px Kacper Pietrusinski||13|
Results and standings
Results and statistics
|Round||Rally name||Podium finishers||Statistics|
|1|| 23x15px 80ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo
(18–22 January) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC||4:32:39.9||18||433.36 km||82||54|
|2||23x15px Dani Sordo||Mini John Cooper Works WRC||4:35:25.4|
|3||23x15px Petter Solberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||4:35:54.1|
|2|| 23x15px 60th Rally Sweden
(9–12 February) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Jari-Matti Latvala||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||3:18:28.3||24||349.16 km||50||42|
|2||23x15px Mikko Hirvonen||Citroën DS3 WRC||3:18:44.9|
|3||23x15px Mads Østberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||3:19:07.1|
|3|| 23x15px 26º Rally México
(8–11 March) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC||4:15:32.7|| (24)†
| (408.50 km)†
|2||23x15px Mikko Hirvonen||Citroën DS3 WRC||4:16:15.1|
|3||23x15px Petter Solberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||4:17:44.1|
|4|| 23x15px 46º Rally de Portugal
(29 March – 1 April) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Mads Østberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||4:21:16.3|| (22)†
| (434.77 km)†
|2||23x15px Evgeny Novikov||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||4:22:49.3|
|3||23x15px Petter Solberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||4:23:11.7|
|5|| 23x15px 32º Rally Argentina
(26–29 April) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC||5:34:38.8||19||502.73 km||42||27|
|2||23x15px Mikko Hirvonen||Citroën DS3 WRC||5:34:54.0|
|3||23x15px Mads Østberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||5:37:49.2|
|6|| 23x15px 58th Acropolis Rally
(24–27 May) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC||4:42:03.3||22||409.47 km||54||32|
|2||23x15px Mikko Hirvonen||Citroën DS3 WRC||4:42:43.3|
|3||23x15px Jari-Matti Latvala||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||4:45:08.1|
|7|| 23x15px 42nd Rally New Zealand
(22–24 June) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC||4:04:51.2||22||413.94 km||41||35|
|2||23x15px Mikko Hirvonen||Citroën DS3 WRC||4:05:20.8|
|3||23x15px Petter Solberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||4:06:27.6|
|8|| 23x15px 62nd Rally Finland
(2–4 August) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC||2:28:11.4||18||303.52 km||81||53|
|2||23x15px Mikko Hirvonen||Citroën DS3 WRC||2:28:17.5|
|3||23x15px Jari-Matti Latvala||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||2:28:46.4|
|9|| 23x15px 30. Rallye Deutschland
(24–26 August) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC||3:41:52.4||15||368.63 km||71||40|
|2||23x15px Jari-Matti Latvala||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||3:43:52.5|
|3||23x15px Mikko Hirvonen||Citroën DS3 WRC||3:44:23.8|
|10|| 23x15px 68th Wales Rally GB
(14–16 September) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Jari-Matti Latvala||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||3:03:40.3||19||324.92 km||31||29|
|2||23x15px Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC||3:04:08.1|
|3||23x15px Petter Solberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||3:04:09.0|
|11|| 23x15px Rallye de France – Alsace 2012
(4–7 October) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC||3:32:53.0|| (22)†
| (404.14 km)†
|2||23x15px Jari-Matti Latvala||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||3:33:08.5|
|3||23x15px Mikko Hirvonen||Citroën DS3 WRC||3:33:37.1|
|12|| 23x15px 9º Rally d'Italia – Sardegna
(18–21 October) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Mikko Hirvonen||Citroën DS3 WRC||3:23:54.9||16||305.80 km||41||32|
|2||23x15px Evgeny Novikov||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||3:25:15.5|
|3||23x15px Ott Tänak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||3:26:16.0|
|13|| 23x15px 48º Rally de España
(8–11 November) – Results and report
|1||23x15px Sébastien Loeb||Citroën DS3 WRC||4:14:29.1||18||405.46 km||70||52|
|2||23x15px Jari-Matti Latvala||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||4:14:36.1|
|3||23x15px Mikko Hirvonen||Citroën DS3 WRC||4:16:15.9|
- † – Event was shortened after stages were cancelled.
Points are awarded to the top 10 classified finishers.
- 1 2 3 refers to the classification of the drivers on the 'Power Stage', where bonus points are awarded 3–2–1 for the fastest three drivers on the stage.
SWRC Drivers' championship