The history of WRC(world rally championship) begins in the year 1973. The FIA organized the first rally championship with some basic set of rules. The 1973 world rally championship was procured by Renault with its debut car Alpine A110 in the hands of drivers Jean-Pierre Nicolas and Jean-Luc Thérier. WRC Era is divided into five discrete parts, the early years of WRC beginning from 1973 to 1981. The rally teams used v6 powered cars with a phenomenal exhaust note. During which LANCIA and FIAT dominated the championship with three wins each. Phase of Group B cars from 1982-1986 raced with four-wheel drive(4wd) cars. Group B brought one-of-a-kind cars such as Audi Quattro S1, Lancia 037, and Ford RS200 with rear-wheel drive configuration. This mean Machines went over cranking 500 horsepower to wheel and reportedly to accelerate from 0-96 Km/h in 2.3 seconds on a gravel road which is only 0.1 seconds slower than a formula one car. Unfortunately, the group B rally was banned because of the horrific incident involving Ford RS200 which crashed into a crowd of spectators killing three and injuring over thirty during a speed test. Audi and Peugeot dominated the races with two wins each.

Then, came phase of group A cars form 1987-1996, when FIA decided to limit race with production counterparts which helped to bring down the overall manufacturing cost of the cars. This era brought the Japanese manufacturers SUBARU, MITSUBISHI, and TOYOTA into the picture and Lancia ends up dominating the championship with six wins in a row.

World rally car era started in 1997 and same rules remain till 2016. A significant difference between group A and world rally car were the removal of the “racing with production counterparts” rule. The FIA limited the maximum engine displacement to 2.0 liter forced induction with anti-lag systems and an active aerodynamic body. Citroën, Volkswagen, and Peugeot dominated the championship with 8,4 and 3 wins each,

WRC 2017- present uses a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder turbocharged direct-injection engine, the modern WRC features a classic monte Carlo ralley style racing with improved automotive technology and engineering and competition being a pure adrenalin rush. The Ford RS200 is the most successful rally car of all time by its entry into the sport from the very beginning. The most successful WRC driver is Sebastien Leob with nine drivers’ championships in a row. Modern-day WRC cars are much safer than their predecessors by introducing stiffened coilovers, active aerodynamics, and traction control system to the machines. The WRC support championships are WRC-2, WRC-3, JWRC(juniors). The support championships are contested on the same events and stages as the WRC calendar and have only one car type with narrow restrictions.

Position 1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th  9th  10th 
Points251815121086421
Point system

The 2021 championships were rather engaging. The championships started in January and only skipped March due to Covid-19. S.OGIER and E.Evans of the Toyota Gazoo racing team won 4 and 2 races conducted in Monte Carlo, Croatia, Italy, Kenya, Finland, and Portugal.

Result of Rally de Catalunya (11th round out of 12th round season)

T.Neuville of the Hyundai shell Mobi rally team won 2 races in Belgium and Spain. The rally held in Spain called WRC rally RACC Rally de España was won by T.Neuville with co-driver M.Wydaeghe with Hyundai team with zero penalties and stage, total time of 2:34:11.8 minutes. The second place was secured by the driver E.Evans and co-driver S.Martin of the Toyota rally team with a stage and total time of 2:34:35.9 minutes, only 24 milliseconds slower than the leader. Evans secured the second position because of the road conditions and the time lost by taking the wrong turn. This year’s championship title winner will be decided by the Monza rally with title fighters T.Neuville and S.Ogier. S.Ogier’s deficit performance was due to the lack of preparation and insufficiency of the car in the Spain rally. Dani Sordo is certainly the driver of the day for the Spain rally with claiming the 50th podium of his racing career. Monza rally will decide the world champion of 2021, with its tricky and fast rally course the results might be unexpected.

Season wise champions

SeasonDriverDriver’s CarManufacturerManufacturer winner’s Car
2020France Sébastien OgierToyota Yaris WRCSouth Korea HyundaiHyundai i20 Coupe WRC
2019Estonia Ott TänakToyota Yaris WRCSouth Korea HyundaiHyundai i20 Coupe WRC
2018France Sébastien OgierFord Fiesta WRCJapan ToyotaToyota Yaris WRC
2017France Sébastien OgierFord Fiesta WRCUnited Kingdom M-Sport (Ford)[a][b]Ford Fiesta WRC
2016France Sébastien OgierVolkswagen Polo R WRCGermany VolkswagenVolkswagen Polo R WRC
2015France Sébastien OgierVolkswagen Polo R WRCGermany VolkswagenVolkswagen Polo R WRC
2014France Sébastien OgierVolkswagen Polo R WRCGermany VolkswagenVolkswagen Polo R WRC
2013France Sébastien OgierVolkswagen Polo R WRCGermany VolkswagenVolkswagen Polo R WRC
2012France Sébastien LoebCitroën DS3 WRCFrance CitroënCitroën DS3 WRC
2011France Sébastien LoebCitroën DS3 WRCFrance CitroënCitroën DS3 WRC
2010France Sébastien LoebCitroën C4 WRCFrance CitroënCitroën C4 WRC
2009France Sébastien LoebCitroën C4 WRCFrance CitroënCitroën C4 WRC
2008France Sébastien LoebCitroën C4 WRCFrance CitroënCitroën C4 WRC
2007France Sébastien LoebCitroën C4 WRCUnited Kingdom Ford[b]Ford Focus RS WRC 06/07
2006France Sébastien LoebCitroën Xsara WRCUnited Kingdom Ford[b]Ford Focus RS WRC 06
2005France Sébastien LoebCitroën Xsara WRCFrance CitroënCitroën Xsara WRC
2004France Sébastien LoebCitroën Xsara WRCFrance CitroënCitroën Xsara WRC
2003Norway Petter SolbergSubaru Impreza WRC 2003France CitroënCitroën Xsara WRC
2002Finland Marcus GrönholmPeugeot 206 WRCFrance PeugeotPeugeot 206 WRC
2001United Kingdom Richard BurnsSubaru Impreza WRC 2001France PeugeotPeugeot 206 WRC
2000Finland Marcus GrönholmPeugeot 206 WRCFrance PeugeotPeugeot 206 WRC
1999Finland Tommi MäkinenMitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIJapan ToyotaToyota Corolla WRC
1998Finland Tommi MäkinenMitsubishi Lancer Evolution VJapan MitsubishiMitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
1997Finland Tommi MäkinenMitsubishi Lancer Evolution IVJapan SubaruSubaru Impreza WRC
1996Finland Tommi MäkinenMitsubishi Lancer Evolution IIIJapan SubaruSubaru Impreza 555
1995United Kingdom Colin McRaeSubaru Impreza 555Japan SubaruSubaru Impreza 555
1994France Didier AuriolToyota Celica Turbo 4WDJapan ToyotaToyota Celica Turbo 4WD
1993Finland Juha KankkunenToyota Celica Turbo 4WDJapan ToyotaToyota Celica Turbo 4WD
1992Spain Carlos SainzToyota Celica Turbo 4WDItaly LanciaLancia Delta HF Integrale
1991Finland Juha KankkunenLancia Delta Integrale 16VItaly LanciaLancia Delta Integrale 16V
1990Spain Carlos SainzToyota Celica GT-FourItaly LanciaLancia Delta Integrale 16V
1989Italy Miki BiasionLancia Delta IntegraleItaly LanciaLancia Delta Integrale
1988Italy Miki BiasionLancia Delta IntegraleItaly LanciaLancia Delta Integrale
1987Finland Juha KankkunenLancia Delta HF 4WDItaly LanciaLancia Delta HF 4WD
1986Finland Juha KankkunenPeugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2France PeugeotPeugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
1985Finland Timo SalonenPeugeot 205 Turbo 16France PeugeotPeugeot 205 Turbo 16
1984Sweden Stig BlomqvistAudi QuattroGermany AudiAudi Quattro
1983Finland Hannu MikkolaAudi QuattroItaly LanciaLancia Rally 037
1982Germany Walter RöhrlOpel Ascona 400Germany AudiAudi Quattro
1981Finland Ari VatanenFord Escort RS1800United Kingdom TalbotTalbot Sunbeam Lotus
1980Germany Walter RöhrlFiat 131 AbarthItaly FiatFiat 131 Abarth
1979Sweden Björn WaldegårdFord Escort RS1800[c]United States Ford[b]Ford Escort RS1800
1978Finland Markku AlénFiat 131 Abarth[e]Italy FiatFiat 131 Abarth
1977Italy Sandro MunariLancia Stratos HFItaly FiatFiat 131 Abarth
1976No drivers’ championshipNo drivers’ championshipItaly LanciaLancia Stratos HF
1975No drivers’ championshipNo drivers’ championshipItaly LanciaLancia Stratos HF
1974No drivers’ championshipNo drivers’ championshipItaly LanciaLancia Stratos HF
1973No drivers’ championshipNo drivers’ championshipFrance Alpine-RenaultAlpine-Renault A110

Most successful drivers (till Nov 21)

S No.DriverCountryTotal
1 Sébastien LoebFrance 79
2 Sébastien OgierFrance 53
3 Marcus GrönholmFinland30
4 Carlos SainzSpain 26
5United Kingdom Colin McRaeUnited 25
6 Tommi MäkinenFinland24
7 Juha KankkunenFinland23
8 Didier AuriolFrance 20
9 Markku AlénFinland19
10 Hannu MikkolaFinland18
10 Jari-Matti LatvalaFinland18

Most successful manufacturers (till Nov 21)

S No.ManufacturerCountryTotal
1 CitroënFrance 102
2FordUnited States/United Kingdom 91
3 LanciaItaly73
4 ToyotaJapan68
5 PeugeotFrance 48
6 SubaruJapan47
7 VolkswagenGermany44
8 MitsubishiJapan34
9 AudiGermany24
10 FiatItaly21
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