Wednesday | 24 Jun 2020


In 1999, it was not only a new millennium on the horizon, but also in the WRC. This week’s WRC+ Focus takes a look back at the final season of the 20th century.



In a decade dominated by Japanese manufacturers, it was somewhat fitting that the 1999 Manufacturers’ Championship would once again be a battle between Subaru and the ever-consistent Toyota, who were aiming for a third title in seven years.

But with victories at Rally Catalunya and Corsica for a 2WD Citroën Xsara Kit Car, murmurs of a French revolution in the WRC grew louder, hinting at what was to come when the sun rose on the new millennium.

As well as the first hints at what was to come in the Manufacturers’ Championship, another threat to Tommi Mäkinen’s reign in the Drivers’ Championship was also emerging, in the form of British driver Richard Burns.

Watch how this fascinating season, that would ultimately lead to changes in the WRC, plays out in this week’s WRC+ Focus.