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Olympus Rally

The Olympus Rally is an event in the motorsport of rallying. While it has usually been run as a national rally, in 1986-1988, it was a round in the FIA World Rally Championship, the most recent time a WRC rally has been run in the United States but the last in North America until Rally Mexico in 2004.

World Rally Championship

After being observed by the FIA for WRC status in 1985, from 1986-1988, the Olympus was a round of the World Rally Championship. From 1985-1987, the rally was sponsored by Toyota.

The 1985 Olympus “World Championship Prototype” event was won by Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hertz in a Group B Audi Quattro S1.

Markku Alen emerged on top of the results as the 1986 Olympus first gained full World Championship status, taking a Lancia Delta S4 and co-driver Ilkka Kivimäki to victory.

In 1987, the Olympus was attended by a number of top international teams, including Nissan, Toyota, and Suzuki. Juha Kankkunen won overall, as his and other Lancia Delta HF 4WD’s dominated the podium.

Massimo “Miki” Biasion won the fourth and final Olympus World Championship Rally in 1988 – his fourth of the season for Lancia, on his way to being the first Italian FIA World Rally Champion.

Winners

Year Driver Codriver Car
1985 23x15px Hannu Mikkola 23x15px Arne Hertz Audi Sport Quattro S1
1986 23x15px Markku Alén 23x15px Ilkka Kivimäki Lancia Delta S4
1987 23x15px Juha Kankkunen 23x15px Juha Piironen Lancia Delta HF 4WD
1988 23x15px Miki Biasion 23x15px Tiziano Siviero Lancia Delta Integrale

National Rally

The first Olympus Rally was held in 1973. It was headquartered in Shelton, WA and was part of the SCCA Pro Rally Championship. It continued to be part of that championship through 1975. In 1976, it became part of the NARA (North American Rally Association) championship (which later changed its name to NARRA (North American Rally Racing Association)). It was part of that championship through 1979. In 1980, it switched back to the SCCA ProRally Championship and remained in that championship through 1987.

While the name was used for a regional rally supporting the 2001 Wild West SCCA Pro Rally, the Olympus Rally was not held from 1989 through 2005.

The Olympus Rally returned as national rally in 2006 and was part of the United States Rally Championship. In 2007, it switched to the Rally America National Championship and was part of that championship through 2012. After a dispute with Rally America, the rally was cancelled in 2013. It was originally scheduled to return as a NASA Rally Sport National qualifier round in 2014, however the issues with Rally America were resolved and the rally ran as a Rally America regional rally. In 2015, it will return to the Rally America National Championship.

Winners

Year Driver Codriver Car Rally HQ
1973 23x15px Gene Henderson 23x15px Ken Pogue AMC Jeep Shelton, WA
1974 23x15px Gene Henderson 23x15px Ken Pogue AMC Jeep Shelton, WA
1975 23x15px John Buffum 23x15px Vicki Dykema Ford Escort Tumwater, WA
1976 23x15px John Buffum 23x15px Vicki Dykema Porsche Carrera Olympia, WA
1977 23x15px Ron Richardson 23x15px Ray Hocker Plymouth Arrow Tacoma, WA
1978 23x15px John Buffum 23x15px Doug Shepherd Triumph TR7 Olympia, WA
1979 23x15px Hendrik Blok 23x15px Damon Trimble Plymouth Arrow Olympia, WA
1980 23x15px Rod Millen 23x15px Dave Weiman Mazda RX-7 Tumwater, WA
1981 23x15px Rod Millen 23x15px Bob Kraushaar Mazda RX-7 Olympia, WA
1982 23x15px John Buffum 23x15px Doug Shepherd Audi quattro Tumwater, WA
1983 23x15px Rod Millen 23x15px R. Dale Kraushaar Mazda RX-7 Tumwater, WA
1984 23x15px Rod Millen 23x15px R. Dale Kraushaar Mazda RX-7 Tumwater, WA
2006 23x15px Wyeth Gubelmann 23x15px Cindy Krolikowski Subaru Impreza WRX STI Shelton, WA
2007 23x15px Ramana Lagemann 23x15px Mark Williams Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Shelton, WA
2008 23x15px Ken Block 23x15px Alessandro Gelsomino Subaru Impreza WRX STI Pomeroy, WA
2009 23x15px Travis Pastrana 23x15px Christian Edstrom Subaru Impreza WRX STI Aberdeen, WA
2010 23x15px Travis Pastrana 23x15px Christian Edstrom Subaru Impreza WRX STI Ocean Shores, WA
2011 23x15px David Higgins 23x15px Craig Drew Subaru Impreza WRX STI Ocean Shores, WA
2012 23x15px Ken Block 23x15px Alessandro Gelsomino Ford Fiesta Ocean Shores, WA
2014 23x15px Hardy Schmidtke 23x15px Chris Kremer Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Shelton, WA

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