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World Rally Championship-3

The FIA World Rally Championship-3, or WRC-3 (formerly known as Production World Rally Championship, or PWRC), is a companion rally series to the World Rally Championship, and is driven on the same stages. WRC-3 is limited to production-based cars homologated under the R1, R2 and R3 rules. The series began in 2002, replacing the FIA Group N Rally Championship and it was for Group N cars. The cars used were modified road cars, often based on turbocharged, four wheel drive versions of standard small cars such as the Subaru Impreza WRX and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, although a wide range of vehicles is homologated by the FIA for use in Group N. Apart from FIA sanctioned events, a lot of rallies at national levels are run under Group N.

Calendar

Until 2012 PWRC was support series to the WRC in selected rounds. Like S-WRC, the PWRC calendar consisted of 8 races(as of 2012) with 2 rallies outside Europe. For 2013 the fixed calendar was scraped. Instead, teams and drivers competing in the series are free to contest any of thirteen rallies that form the 2013 World Rally Championship. They must nominate up to six events to score points in, and their best five results from these seven events will count towards their final championship points score.

Changes for 2013

From 2013, the Production WRC was renamed WRC-3.[1] With the introduction of Group R the new WRC-3 was to be for 2WD production based cars from Group R1, R2 and R3. As a result no other cars under Group N and A were to be homologated. The current N4 cars were supposed to compete instead in WRC-2, alongside the current S2000, R4 and R5 cars.

Champions

Season Champion Car
WRC-3
2013 Sébastien Chardonnet Citroën DS3 R3T
PWRC
2012 Benito Guerra Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
2011 Hayden Paddon Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2010 Armindo Araújo Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
2009 Armindo Araújo Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
2008 Andreas Aigner Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
2007 Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2006 Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2005 Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2004 Niall McShea Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2003 Martin Rowe Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2002 Karamjit Singh Proton Pert
FIA Cup for Production Rally Drivers
2001 Gabriel Pozzo Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6
2000 Manfred Stohl Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6
1999 Gustavo Trelles Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 / Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5
1998 Gustavo Trelles Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4 / Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5
1997 Gustavo Trelles Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3
1996 Gustavo Trelles Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3
1995 Rui Madeira Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2
1994 Jesús Puras Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1993 Alex Fassina Mazda 323 GTR
1992 Grégoire De Mévius Nissan Sunny GTI-R
1991 Grégoire De Mévius Mazda 323 GTX
1990 Alain Oreille Renault 5 GT Turbo
1989 Alain Oreille Renault 5 GT Turbo
1988 Pascal Gaban Mazda 323 4WD
1987 Alex Fiorio Lancia Delta HF Integrale

Statistics

Drivers with most race wins
Driver Titles Wins
Gustavo Trelles 4 24
Toshihiro Arai 2 14
Manfred Stohl 1 9
Ed Ordynski 0 8
Nicolas Fuchs 0 6
Patrik Flodin 0 6
Gabriel Pozzo 1 6
Nasser Al-Attiyah 1 5
Gregoire de Mevius 2 5
Alex Fiorio 1 5
Alain Oreille 2 5
Hayden Paddon 1 5
Jorge Recalde 0 5

See also

References

  1. ^ "Exciting changes for 2013 WRC". WRC.com. WRC Official Website. 21 Sep 2012. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 

External links

  • PWRC at WRC.com
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