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1973 World Rally Championship season

The 1973 World Rally Championship season was the inaugural season for the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) World Rally Championship (WRC) format. It consisted of 13 events, each held in a different country of the world. Many of the events would be staples of the series through to today, including Monte Carlo, Sweden, Tour de Corse, and the RAC Rally, while others would soon be replaced in the schedule. As with following seasons, gravel events formed the majority of the schedule. Two pure tarmac and one snow and ice rally were also included, as well as three events held on a mixture of soft and hard surface roads.

The first award of the Championship for Manufacturers was firmly won by Alpine-Renault, which had already gained fame competing for the earlier International Championship for Manufacturers. Fiat successfully placed second ahead of challenger Ford, but could not seriously challenge the winning Alpine. However, this would also prove to be the last award for the Alpine, as it gave way in subsequent years to Italian firms Lancia and Fiat. A French manufacturer would not regain the Championship again until Peugeot successfully captured the 1985 World Rally Championship for Manufacturers.

From 1973 to 1978, the WRC only awarded a season championship for the winningest manufacturer. Scoring was given for the highest placing entry for each manufacturer. Thus if a particular manufacturer was to place 2nd, 4th, and 10th, they would receive points for 2nd place only. However, the manufacturer would still gain an advantage in scoring from its other entries, as the points for the 4th and 10th place entries would be denied to other manufacturers.


Calendar

For the first ever World Rally Championship Season, there were thirteen rallies.

Round Rally name Surface Dates
1 42ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo Mixed (Tarmac - Snow) 19–26 January
2 24th International Swedish Rally Snow 15–18 February
3 7º TAP Rallye de Portugal Mixed (Tarmac - Gravel) 13–18 March
4 21st East African Safari Rally Gravel 19–23 April
5 16ème Rallye du Maroc Gravel 8–13 May
6 21st Acropolis Rally Gravel 23–28 May
7 33 Rajd Polski Gravel 12–15 July
8 23rd 1000 Lakes Rally Gravel 3–5 August
9 44. Österreichische Alpenfahrt Gravel 12–14 September
10 15º Rallye Sanremo Mixed (Tarmac - Gravel) 10–13 October
11 25th Press-on-Regardless Rally Gravel 31 October–4 November
12 22nd Daily Mirror RAC Rally Gravel 17–21 November
13 17ème Tour de Corse Tarmac 1–2 December

Events

1973 World Rally Championship event map
Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface
Colour Rally Surface
Gold Gravel
Silver Tarmac
Blue Snow/Ice
Bronze Mixed Surface
Round Rally name Podium finishers Statistics
Rank Driver Car Time Stages Length Starters Finishers
1 42ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo
(19–26 January) — Results and report
1 Jean-Claude Andruet Alpine Renault A110 1800 5:42:04 18 456,50 km 278 51
2 Ove Andersson Alpine Renault A110 1800 5:42:30
3 Jean-Pierre Nicolas Alpine Renault A110 1800 5:43:39
2 24th International Swedish Rally
(15–18 February) — Results and report
1 Stig Blomqvist Saab 96 V4 9:18:31 36 760,00 km 73 42
2 Per Eklund Saab 96 V4 9:20:53
3 Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine Renault A110 1800 9:34:12
3 7º TAP Rallye de Portugal
(13–18 March) — Results and report
1 Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine Renault A110 1800 5:42:16 32 397,50 km 79 23
2 Jean-Pierre Nicolas Alpine Renault A110 1800 5:48:57
3 Francisco Romãozinho Citroën DS21 6:07:48
4 21st East African Safari Rally
(19–23 April) — Results and report
1 Shekhar Mehta Datsun 240Z + 6:46 pen 56 5300.00 km 89 18
2 Harry Källström Datsun 1800 SSS + 6:46 pen
3 Ove Andersson Peugeot 504 + 8:47 pen
5 16ème Rallye du Maroc
(8–13 May) — Results and report
1 Bernard Darniche Alpine Renault A110 15:01:22 11 1258.00 km 66 12
2 Bob Neyret Citroën DS23 15:20:04
3 Richard Bochnicek Citroën DS23 15:34:37
6 21st Acropolis Rally
(23–28 May) — Results and report
1 Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine Renault A110 7:37:58 47 556.35 km 83 11
2 Rauno Aaltonen Fiat Abarth 124 7:44:59
3 Jean-Pierre Nicolas Alpine Renault A110 7:45:56
7 33 Rajd Polski
(12–15 July) — Results and report
1 Achim Warmbold Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye 8:28:14 55 742.30 km 62 3
2 Egon Culmbacher Wartburg 353 11:15:16
3 Maciej Stawowiak Polski Fiat 125p 12:08:31
8 23rd 1000 Lakes Rally
(3–5 August) — Results and report
1 Timo Mäkinen Ford Escort RS1600 4:53:50 43 517.20 km 109 55
2 Markku Alén Volvo 142 4:55:59
3 Leo Kinnunen Porsche 911 4:57:12
9 44. Österreichische Alpenfahrt
(12–14 September) — Results and report
1 Achim Warmbold BMW 2002Tii 3:58:55 30 324.50 km 74 25
2 Bernard Darniche Alpine Renault A110 4:00:10
3 Per Eklund Saab 96 V4 4:00:11
10 15º Rallye Sanremo
(10–13 October) — Results and report
1 Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine Renault A110 8:01:32 37 369.30 km 107 54
2 Maurizio Verini Fiat Abarth 124 8:07:34
3 Jean-Pierre Nicolas Alpine Renault A110 8:21:37
11 25th Press-on-Regardless Rally
(31 October–4 November) — Results and report
1 Walter Boyce Toyota Corolla 6:58:28 85 552.61 km 58 23
2 Jim Walker Volvo 142S 7:22:43
3 John Smiskol Datsun 240Z 7:33:36
12 22nd Daily Mirror RAC Rally
(17–21 November) — Results and report
1 Timo Mäkinen Ford Escort RS1600 6:47:08 80 540.02 km 198 91
2 Roger Clark Ford Escort RS1600 6:52:23
3 Markku Alén Ford Escort RS1600 6:55:26
13 17ème Tour de Corse
(17–21 November) — Results and report
1 Jean-Pierre Nicolas Alpine Renault A110 5:06:31 21 511.70 km 50 22
2 Jean-François Piot Alpine Renault A110 5:14:37
3 Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine Renault A110 5:18:46

Championship

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

Manufacturers' championship

Pos Manufacturer MON
SWE
POR
KEN
MAR
GRC
POL
FIN
AUT
ITA
USA
GBR
FRA
 Pts 
1 Alpine-Renault 1 3 1 1 1 Ret 2 1 (5) 1 147
2 Fiat 7 5 4 (8) 6 2 1 (8) 6 2 (10) 84
3 Ford 4 9 14 7 Ret 1 4 1 4 76
4 Volvo 9 9 2 2 4 44
5 Saab 37 1 4 3 Ret 42
6 Datsun 9 19 11 1 11 Ret 3 14 22 34
7 Citroën 3 2 6 Ret 33
8 BMW 17 7 13 Ret Ret 17 1 51 7 28
9 Porsche 46 5 Ret Ret 3 7 22 8 27
10 Toyota 23 Ret 9 Ret 8 1 12 25
11 Opel 12 10 7 DSQ 11 5 13 9 Ret 6 7 25
12 Polski Fiat 35 3 6 18
13 Lancia 8 4 7 Ret 17
14 Wartburg 38 2 39 15
15 Volkswagen 6 19 12 5 10 15
16 Peugeot Ret 3 10 22 13
17 Mitsubishi 7 4
18 Škoda 8 15 3
19 Alfa Romeo 19 17 Ret 13 9 2
20 Audi 51 10 10 2
Pos Manufacturer MON
SWE
POR
KEN
MAR
GRC
POL
FIN
AUT
ITA
USA
GBR
FRA
 Pts 
  • Positions in parentheses did not count to championship totals

See also

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