wrc factbook 2015-2016 welcome to the factbook of the fia world rally championship. inside you will find all the key facts from the exciting 2015 season and all the essential information for 2016.
wrc key facts 4 wrc factbook / key facts 2015
775 million cumulative tv audience 8 million visitors to wrc digital channels 1,300+ journalists registered on event 1,000+ hours of video on wrc+ 9,150+ broadcast hours 50 broadcasters in 150 tv markets 3,8 million spectators attended 13 wrc rallies 5 wrc factbook / key facts 2015
6 wrc factbook / highlights 2015 wrc highlights mikkelsen agony: sébastien ogier over- turned a 3sec deficit in a thrilling live tv power stage to win rally sweden and deprive team-mate andreas mikkelsen of a maiden victory. a distraught mikkelsen led but plunged into a snow bank in a risk-all shootout. sweden power stage 02
7 wrc factbook / highlights 2015 lake plunge: ott tänak and co-driver raigo mõlder swam to safety after wriggling free from their ford fiesta rs when it crashed into a lake and sank at rally guanajuato mexico. it took just 25sec for the car to disappear but both escaped uninjured. remarkably the car was rescued from five metres of water and the estonians returned to finish the rally. mexico ti–tanak 03
8 wrc highlights it‘s back! the legendary fafe stage returned to the wrc for the first time since 2001 as vodafone rally de portugal relocated to the north. tens of thousands of passionate fans flocked there to enjoy the action in a noisy and colourful party atmosphere. portugal return of fafe 05 wrc factbook / highlights 2015
9 tables turned: a disbelieving andreas mikkelsen secured that first win in spain in another dramatic power stage. he hung on for what he thought was second place, only to learn seconds later that leader sébastien ogier had smashed into a barrier near the finish and victory was his. spain power stage 12 wrc factbook / highlights 2015
pos drivers mco prt pol fin fra esp gbr pts 1 quentin gilbert & renaud jamoul 25 22 25 22 6 54 25 18 25 26 25 18 - 131 2 ole chrisitan veiby & anders jaeger 15 25 10 35 - 15 22 12 31 6 48 25 23 83 3 terry folb & franck le floch 0 r 0 58 - 12 29 18 29 18 19 18 33 66 4 simone tempestini & matteo chiarcossi 12 27 8 44 25 26 2 50 - 15 21 0 r 62 5 henri haapamäki & marko salminen - 15 30 15 28 18 19 - - - 48 6 pierre-louis loubet & vincent landais - 18 28 - 0 r - 10 32 15 34 43 7 jean-rené perry & joshua reibel - 12 32 0 r 10 31 10 36 - - 32 8 mohammed al mutawaa & stephen mcauley - 0 r 8 48 8 41 - 12 25 0 r 28 pos drivers mco swe mex arg prt ita pol fin deu aus fra esp gbr pts 1 quentin gilbert & renaud jamoul 25 22 - - - 25 22 - 0 54 25 18 - - 0 r 25 18 15 27 115 2 ole christian veiby & anders jaeger 15 25 25 21 - - 10 35 - - 15 22 - - 0 r 2 48 25 23 92 3 simone tempestini & matteo chiarcossi 12 27 - - - 6 44 - 25 23 1 50 - - 25 26 12 21 0 r 81 junior wrc results wrc 3 results 2015 fia junior wrc championship – drivers 2015 fia wrc 3 championship – drivers 13 wrc factbook / results 2015 season overview: • nasser al-attiyah defended wrc 2 title. • fellow qatari abdulaziz al-kuwari clinched runners-up spot at final event. • quentin gilbert won both wrc 3 and junior wrc championships. • ukraine’s yuriy protasov clinched runners-up spot at final event. • ten different drivers won wrc 2 rounds.
14 wrc factbook / teams 2016 wrc leading teams hyundai i20 wrc principal michel nandan #3 thierry neuville nicolas gilsoul #4 dani sordo mark marti tyres michelin motorsport.hyundai.com hyundai shell world rally team volkswagen polo r wrc principal jost capito #9 andreas mikkelsen anders jaeger tyres michelin volkswagen-motorsport.com volkswagen motorsport ii ford fiesta rc wrc principal malcolm wilson #5 mads østberg ola fløene #6 eric camilli nicolas klinger tyres michelin m-sport.co.uk m-sport world rally team fwrt ford fiesta rs wrc principal antonio palermiti #37 lorenzo bertelli simone scattolin tyres pirelli facebook.com/f.worldrallyteam this is a selection of the main protagonists of the wrc. information & liveries are correct as of 1 january 2016.
15 wrc factbook / teams 2016 hyundai i20 wrc principal michel nandan #10 kevin abbring sebastian marshall #20 hayden paddon john kennard tyres michelin motorsport.hyundai.com hyundai mobis world rally team dmack world rally team ford fiesta rs wrc principal dick cormack #12 ott tänak raigo mõlder tyres dmack dmacktyres.com ds3 principal tbc #7 kris meeke paul nagle #8 stéphane lefebvre gabin moreau tyres michelin citroenracing.com abu dhabi total world rally team volkswagen polo r wrc principal jost capito #1 sébastien ogier julien ingrassia #2 jari-matti latvala miikka anttila tyres michelin volkswagen-motorsport.com volkswagen motorsport
wrc factbook / drivers 2016 wrc leading drivers kevin abbring age: 26 netherlands follow @kevinabbring co driver sebastian marshall hyundai mobis world rally team khalid al qassimi age: 43 united arab emirates follow @khalidbinfaisal co-driver chris patterson abu dhabi total world rally team lorenzo bertelli age: 27 italy follow @fuckmatie37 co-driver simone scattolin fwrt eric camilli age: 28 france follow @ericcamilli co-driver nicolas klinger m-sport world rally team robert kubica age: 31 poland follow @r_kubica co-driver maciek szczepaniak rk world rally team jari-matti latvala age: 30 finland follow @jarimattiwrc co-driver miikka anttila volkswagen motorsport stéphane lefebvre age: 23 france follow @slefebvrerallye co-driver gabin moreau abu dhabi total world rally team 16 craig breen age: 25 ireland follow @craig_breen co-driver scott martin abu dhabi total world rally team yazeed al-rajhi age: 36 saudi arabia follow @yazeed_alrajhi co-driver michael orr yazeed racing this is a selection of the main protagonists of the wrc. information correct as of 1 january 2016.
wrc factbook / drivers 2016 andreas mikkelsen age: 26 norway follow @amikkelsenrally co-driver anders jaeger volkswagen motorsport ii kris meeke age: 36 great britain follow @krismeeke co-driver paul nagle abu dhabi total world rally team thierry neuville age: 27 belgium follow @thierryneuville co-driver nicolas gilsoul hyundai shell world rally team sébastien ogier age: 32 france follow @sebogier co-driver julien ingrassa volkswagen motorsport mads østberg age: 28 norway follow @madsostberg co-driver ola fløene m-sport world rally team hayden paddon age: 28 new zealand follow @haydenpaddon co-driver john kennard hyundai shell world rally team martin prokop age: 33 czech republic follow @prokopofficial co-driver jan tománek jipocar czech national team dani sordo age: 32 spain follow @danisordo co-driver marc marti hyundai shell world rally team ott tänak age: 28 estonia follow @otttanak co-driver raigo mõlder dmack world rally team 17
wrc 2 leading drivers nasser al-attiyah age: 25 qatar follow @alattiyah co-driver mathieu baumel skoda fabia r5 marius aasen age: 23 norway follow @mariusaasen co-driver veronica engan ford fiesta rrc jari ketomaa age: 36 finland follow ketomaa.com co-driver kaj lindstrom ford fiesta r5 abdulaziz al-kuwari age: 36 qatar follow @azizsaadon co-driver marshall clarke ford fiesta rrc yoann bonato age: 32 france follow @yoannbonato co-driver denis giraudet citroën ds 3 nicolas fuchs age: 33 peru follow @fuchsrally co-driver fernando mussano ford fiesta r5 quentin gilbert age: 26 france follow @gilbert_quentin co-driver renaud jamoul citroën ds 3 18 valeriy gorban age: 42 ukraine follow ascania-racing.com co-driver volodymir korsia mini john cooper works rrc elfyn evans age: 26 great britain follow @elfynevans co-driver daniel barritt ford fiesta r5 wrc factbook / drivers 2016 this is a selection of the main protagonists of the wrc 2. information correct as of 1 january 2016.
esapekka lappi age: 24 finland follow @esapekkalappi co-driver janne ferm skoda fabia r5 julien maurin age: 30 france follow julienmaurin.com co-driver nicolas klinger skoda fabia r5 pontus tidemand age: 25 sweden follow @pontustidemand co-driver emil axelsson skoda fabia r5 sander parn age: 23 estonia follow @sanderprn co-driver james morgan ford fiesta r5 teemu suninen age: 21 finland follow @teemusuninenrac co-driver mikko markkula skoda fabia r5 jan kopecky age: 33 czech republic follow motorsport-kopecky.cz co-driver pavel dresler skoda fabia r5 armin kremer age: 47 germany follow - co-driver pirmin winklhofer skoda fabia r5 yurii protasov age: 31 ukraine follow - co-driver pavlo cherepin ford fiesta rrc 19 josé suárez age: 25 spain follow @jasuarezoficial co-driver cándido carrera peugeot 208 t16 r5 wrc factbook / drivers 2016
wrc calendar 2016 rallye monte-carlo 21 jan – 24 jan rally sweden 11 feb – 14 feb rally guanajuato méxico 03 mar – 06 mar xion rally argentina 21 apr – 24 apr vodafone rally de portugal 19 may – 22 may rally italia sardegna 9 jun – 12 jun lotos 73rd rally poland 30 jun – 03 jul neste rally finland 28 jul - 31 jul adac rallye deutschland 18 aug – 21 aug rally china 08 sep – 11 sep tour de corse rallye de france 29 sep – 02 oct rallyracc – rally de espana 13 oct – 16 oct wales rally gb 27 oct – 30 oct rally australia 17 nov – 20 nov 01 06 11 02 07 12 03 08 13 04 09 14 05 10 20 wrc factbook / calendar 2016 010611 020712 030813 040914 0510
22 wrc tv wrc factbook / television 2016 broadcaster info 22 tv production wrc tv provides a portfolio of hd programmes to capture the excite- ment and drama of the champion- ship using the latest on-site editing equipment, high-tech onboard cameras and the best production team in the business. experienced on-event production team attends all 14 rounds state-of-the-art edit facilities for rapid production helicopter provides dramatic aerial footage high-tech onboard cameras capture driver’s eye view quick response teams chase major incidents expert commentators analyse the big stories 14 preview shows (26 mins) spotlight each rally with route data, latest news, behind-the-scenes interviews and previous round review 14 event highlights (52 mins) summarise story of each round 42 daily highlight shows (26 mins) wrap up the action, stories and reactions 31 live stages (60 mins) showcase key tests 14 live tv power stages (60 mins) capture exciting finale almost 100 news feeds provide twice-daily updates
23 wrc factbook / television 2015 23 tv distribution wrc’s global tv audience has grown substantially in the period from 2013 – 2015 as fans enjoy shows featuring live coverage of key stages, daily highlights and post- event summary programmes. 775 million tv audience 50 broadcasters in 150 tv markets 9,150+ broadcast hours key markets poland france spain finland portugal italy sweden cumulative audience since 2013 +27% broadcast hours since 2013 +55%
wrc digital 24 wrc media experience through many and varied digital platforms, fans can enjoy wrc whenever, wherever and however they want. wrc+ wrc.com wrc.com is the home of the fia world rally championship. it features news, results, event information, driver and team profiles and exciting action videos. during rallies wrc.com goes live, offering fans free access to exclusive timing, text news updates and radio, as well as live footage from the service park. wrc application the wrc’s mobile app is available on android and ios devices. besides exclusive live content and news, it allows fans to access wrc+ whenever and wherever they are. hundreds of thousands of downloads and a ranking of 4+ confirms the app is the best way to follow wrc on mobile devices. wrc factbook / digital + social media live stages 24 hours live coverage live maps > 528 stages live tracking onboard action > 5.3k onboard videos full highlights > 2k mins of tv programmes
25 social media wrc is represented across all the major social media channels. an enthusiastic and engaged fanbase is the reason for the continued success. 2+ million facebook likes wrc.com sessions growing past 3 seasons 2013 5m 10m 15m 17.9m 19.1m 20.6m 20m 2014 2015 wrc factbook / digital + social media www.facebook.com/wrc 193,000+ youtube subscribers www.youtube.com/wrc twitter follower www.twitter.com/officialwrc 203,000+ 20142015
26 wrc mediaroom wrc factbook / mediaroom media facts journalists worldwide cover wrc, both at rallies and off-event, to pro- vide fans with the latest news and the championship media service offers a full range of assets to assist them. official fia world rally championship media room at www.wrc.com/mediaroom words, images, videos available for registered media to download search facility to pin-point specific requirements easy registration online push – pull content service offered facility used by reuters, mail online, fox sports, l’equipe, bild, tvnz 26 2,300 images available 140 videos available 1,300+ registered publications 46,000 assets downloaded 2,000 different products ordered 90 stories released
wrc fans 27 wrc factbook / fan demographics 27 3,8 million spectators attended 13 wrc rallies in 2015 8+ million fans interacted with official wrc digital and social media brand values key regions majority of wrc fans are aged between 18-34 years wrc has a positive effect on purchase consideration no effect strong effect europe north- & south america fascinating reliable tough team spirit outdoor traditional adventure speed endurance global competitive precise/accurate extreme challenge real exciting passionate high tech heroic 19.3% 72.6% fan facts wrc fans have told us the brand values they love most about wrc. they are very loyal to wrc and to the brands that are engaged in the championship. wrc followers are generally male, and younger than for other motorsports. wrc employs a continuous research programme amongst fans on-line, and on events. years <18 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ % 4.5% 20.5% 33.3% 21.7% 12.2% 6.2% 1.6% 97% 3% 15.6% 18.2% 25.7% years <1818-2425-3435-4445-5455-6465+
28 wrc sponsors wrc factbook / official sponsors & partners lexar lexar® is the oﬃcial memory supplier to the fia world rally championship and provides high-performance memory solu- tions to ensure the highest levels of eﬃciency in the wrc’s tv production. lexar memory cards, card readers, and usb flash dri- ves provide the quality, speed, and endurance needed in the race against the clock to deliver content to broadcasters worldwide. lexar.com michelin michelin is the wrc’s oﬃcial tyre partner and provides wrc teams with high-quality competition rubber for maximum performance on gravel, asphalt, snow and ice. the french com- pany’s commitment to wrc demands endurance, safety and eﬃciency from its tyres, as well as outright performance. best-of-rallylive.com
29 wrc factbook / official sponsors & partners certina certina is the championship’s oﬃcial timekeeper and the swiss sport watch brand has been closely associated with motorsport since the 1970s. in 2015 certina designed a highly successful limited run of 5000 ds podium big size chronograph – wrc limited edition watches. certina.com dji dji became an oﬃcial wrc supplier in 2016, offering audi- ences worldwide the opportunity to view the excitement of the championship from an amazing perspective via drone filming. as the market leader in advanced aerial photography systems, dji brings unprecedented perspectives to the sport. dji.com
30 wrc products wrc factbook / licensees wrc 5 – the official video game unleash the driver! wrc 5 is the oﬃcial game of the 2015 season and for the first time features the esports wrc. it is published by bigben interactive which is a leading player in the design, publishing and distribution of video games, peripherals, mobile accessories and audio products. wrc-the-game.com wrc apparel & gifts a wide range of wrc branded clothing, accessories and gifts are available on events and on-line. these items are designed, produced and distributed by performance clothing, which has 2 decades of experience in the motor- sport merchandising business. its web-shop stocks products from all major wrc teams. wrcclothing.com wrc automotive accessories impex offers a full range of wheel covers, carpets, seat covers, steering wheel covers and accessories with exclusive wrc designs, quality materials and premium finishes. a truly innovative company, impex has some 4,000 custo- mers around the world who trust a partner that is always looking to take the lead. impex-online.com/wrc-en wrc products wrc factbook / licensees wrc products wrc factbook / licensees
31 wrc factbook / licensees wrc calendar there is no other motorsports discipline that is as varied and spectacular as the wrc. and there is nobody out there who captures the sport as well as the mcklein photographers. for their breath-taking annual xxl wall calendar, they pick their very best pictures to show the beauty of today’s wrc, where cars are driven right on the edge. mckleinstore.com wrc simulator experience what it is like to be a co-driver in a world championship rally car. the wrc simulators are mobile mul- ti-axis motion theatres and use actual in-car footage of wrc rally stages to bring you close to the action. operated by apollo leisure, they attend many wrc events and are also available for hire. wrcsimulator.com wrc watch with a carbon fiber dial and extreme precision, the limited edition wrc version by certina is ready to go and cele- brates the third year of the partnership between certina and wrc. thanks to the precise precidrive™ movement, the rally always begins on time - both in everyday life and on the track. certina.com wrc factbook / licensees wrc factbook / licensees
wrc announcements wrc factbook / corporate highlights 2015 32 celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and sport kick-started the 2015 season at a spectacular opening amid the glitz and glamour of monte-carlo’s famous place du casino. actor idris elba, olympic pole vault gold medallist renaud lavillenie and ex-f1 star david coulthard attended as guests enjoyed high-speed passenger rides around part of the grand prix street circuit.ts. tyre season launch impressions from the grand season opening celebration in monaco held before the start of the 83rd rallye automobile monte-carlo on thursday 22 january 2015.
33 wrc factbook / corporate highlights 2016 the 2016 esports wrc championship will bring together the best drivers on wrc 5, the oﬃcial video game of the fia world rally championship, for a season-long multi-player tournament that will run in parallel with the 2016 wrc season. the top 18 drivers from the competition will be invited to the final at wales rally gb to determine the inaugural world champions. esports wrc will be available on playstation 4, xbox one and pc. esports wrc 2016 the drama and excitement of world class rally action will be replicated by global gamers following the launch of the 2016 esports wrc championship. this announcement in december 2015 followed the successful launch in october of the wrc 5 game on playstation, xbox and pc. the esports wrc competition is organised by bigben interactive, publisher of wrc 5, in conjunction with esl, the world‘s largest esports company. wrc interactive
www.acm.mc monte- carlo oldest 1966 2015 legend 2015 kubica 2015 hat-trick gap host town historic facts historic facts first held in 1911 and oldest rally in the wrc calendar. giant-killing minis claimed the top three places but were disqualified for alleged headlight infringements. nine-time world cham- pion sébastien loeb led on wrc return before crashing. robert kubica showed blistering pace to win four stages. sébastien ogier won season opener for the third time. mixed surface 1911 first held 21.-24.01. 2016 date 34 tourism historic facts designed to promote monte-carlo as a tou- rist location, entrants started in different cities and met in monaco. wrc factbook / events monte-carlo sweden mexico argentina portugal italy poland
www.rallysweden.com sweden karlstad host town snow surface 1950 first held 11.-14.02. 2016 date 35 finland germany china france spain great britain australia wrc factbook / events snow five 2015 spin 2015 victory 2015 thriller historic facts historic facts first run in 1950 as a summer event, it swit- ched to a winter rally in 1965. stig blomqvist and marcus grönholm top the roll of honour with five wins each. andreas mikkelsen spun away maiden victory within sight of finish. sébastien ogier outgunned thierry neuville to win, with mikkelsen third. titanic three-car tuss- le for victory through final snowbound live tv power stage. outsiders historic facts dominated by nordic drivers and the only ‘outsiders’ to win are frenchmen sébastien loeb and sébastien ogier.
www.rallymexico.com mexico león host town gravel surface 1979 first held 03.-06.03. 2016 date 36 2004 unbeaten 2015 rescue 2015 treble 2015 escape historic facts historic facts a relative newcomer to wrc, having joined in 2004. sébastien loeb scored six consecutive wins between 2006 and 2012 (the rally was absent in 2012). m-sport team win- ched tänak’s car from five-metre deep water to finish rally. sébastien ogier preser- ved unbeaten start to season with third win. ott tänak escaped in- jury after scrambling clear of car seconds before it sank after rolling into lake. compact historic facts the 2007 rally was the shortest in wrc history with a total distance of less than 850km. monte-carlo sweden mexico argentina portugal italy poland wrc factbook / events
www.rallyargentina.com argentina villa carlos paz host town gravel surface 1980 first held 21.-24.04. 2016 date 37 north city 2015 one-two 2015 podium 2015 first win historic facts historic facts tucumán province in the north of the coun- try originally hosted the rally when it was called rally codasur. capital buenos aires’ famous river plate soccer stadium hosted a special stage in 2007. citroën claimed first 1-2 finish for almost three years as mads østberg took second. elfyn evans netted career-best third. kris meeke scored maiden wrc victory to become first briton to win since 2002. switch historic facts it moved to its current home in cordoba pro- vince in 1984. finland germany china france spain great britain australia wrc factbook / events
www.rallyportugal.pt portugal matosinhos host town gravel surface 1967 first held 19.-22.05. 2016 date 38 founder awards 2015 fans 2015 latvala 2015 return historic facts historic facts portugal was one of the wrc’s founding events in the inaugural 1973 championship. named best rally in the world on five occasions. huge crowds greeted event’s return to spiri- tual home. jari-matti latvala ended bleak sequence with first victory for six months. rally returned to north of country for first time since 2001. algarve historic facts after seven editions in the southern algarve region, the rally re- turned to its ‘home’ in the north in 2015. monte-carlo sweden mexico argentina portugal italy poland wrc factbook / events
www.rallyalisardegna.com italy alghero host town gravel surface 1980 first held 09.-12.06. 2016 date 39 fiori island 2015 determined 2015 gruelling 2015 runner-up historic facts historic facts formerly a mixed surface event based in sanremo, and known as the rally of the flowers when first held in 1928. the rally moved to the mediterranean island of sardinia in 2004. kiwi held off sébastien ogier for almost two days. rock-strewn gravel tracks took heavy toll on frontrunners. hayden paddon claimed breakth- rough second place in hyundai i20. first historic facts michèle mouton became the first and only woman to win a wrc round when she triumphed in 1981. finland germany china france spain great britain australia wrc factbook / events
www.rallypoland.pl poland mikolajki host town gravel surface 1921 first held 30.06.-03.07. 2016 date 40 1921 time 2015 best 2015 heat 2015 five historic facts historic facts first established in 1921, rally poland is one of the world’s oldest rallies. in 2014 it became the first wrc event to run across two time zones after crossing into lithuania. ott tänak matched career-best third after jari-matti latvala cras- hed in final stage. blistering temperatu- res made tyre choice decisive. sébastien ogier secured fifth victory in seven rounds. original historic facts it was included in the inaugural wrc season in 1973 when there were only three classi- fied finishers. monte-carlo sweden mexico argentina portugal italy poland wrc factbook / events
www.nesteoilrallyfinland.fi finland jyväskylä host town gravel surface 1951 first held 28.-31.07. 2016 date 41 decider finns 2015 leaders 2015 crash 2015 record historic facts historic facts dates back to 1951 when it was launched as a means of deciding the finnish entries for rallye monte-carlo. dominated by finnish drivers who have won 54 of 65 editions, led by hannu mikkola and marcus grönholm (7 wins). sébastien ogier and kris meeke led before latvala took 14th career victory. thierry neuville finished fourth after hyundai rebuilt i20 following shakedown shunt. jari-matti latvala won fastest rally in wrc history at average speed of 125.44kph. name historic facts it took on the name 1000 lakes rally and was included in the calendar for the wrc in its first year in 1973. finland germany china france spain great britain australia wrc factbook / events
www.adac-rallye-deutschland.de germany trier host town asphalt surface 1982 first held 18.-21.08. 2016 date 42 euro dominant 2015 1-2-3 2015 alone 2015 lockout historic facts historic facts the rally was originally part of the european championship. citroën won the first 11 wrc editions with sébastien loeb (9 wins), sébastien ogier and dani sordo (1 win). sébastien ogier headed jari-matti latvala with andreas mikkelsen third. elfyn evans prevented volkswagen clean sweep of stage wins. volkswagen took po- dium lockout to end home round jinx. 2002 historic facts it joined the wrc in 2002. monte-carlo sweden mexico argentina portugal italy poland wrc factbook / events
www.wrc.com china huairou host town asphalt surface 1999 first held 08.-11.09. 2016 date 43 debut return 1999 attrition 1999 numbers 1999 victory historic facts historic facts first appeared in the wrc in 1999 as a gra- vel rally. restored to the wrc for 2016, but this time as an asphalt event. just 25 of the 67 star- ters finished. it was the wrc’s first china rally, but the 316th wrc event since the championship began. didier auriol claimed his 19th wrc win dri- ving a toyota corolla wrc. dropped historic facts left after just one season and returned to the asia pacific rally championship. finland germany china france spain great britain australia wrc factbook / events
www.rallyedefrance.com france ajaccio host town asphalt surface 1982 first held 29.09.-02.10. 2016 date 44 island mountains 2015 stormy 2015 latvala 2015 return historic facts historic facts france’s wrc round was held on the me- diterranean island of corsica from 1973 to 2008. moved to the alsace region of the french mainland in 2010 before returning to the mountain island in 2015. storms and floods left narrow mountain roads in treacherous condition. jari-matti latvala beca- me only second finn to win the island event. wrc returned to corsica for first time since 2008. twisting historic facts never-ending sequen- ces of asphalt turns earned the event the nickname ‘the rally of 10,000 corners’. monte-carlo sweden mexico argentina portugal italy poland wrc factbook / events
www.rallyracc.com spain salou host town mixed surface 1951 first held 13.-16.10. 2016 date 45 1957 mixed 2015 crash 2015 third 2015 gripping historic facts historic facts first run in 1957 and included in the europe- an championship from 1975. relocated to salou in 2002 and developed into a mixed surface event in 2010. sébastien ogier crashed out of lead just 4km from finish. dani sordo took final podium place at home event. andreas mikkelsen scored maiden win after dramatic final live tv power stage. asphalt historic facts entered the wrc in 1991 when it was based on the asphalt roads of the costa bra- va near lloret de mar. finland germany china france spain great britain australia wrc factbook / events
www.walesrallygb.com great britain deeside host town gravel surface 1932 first held 27.-30.10. 2016 date 46 367 inside 2015 mcrae 2015 emotional 2015 fierce historic facts historic facts founded in 1932, 367 crews entered the in- augural royal automo- bile club rally. cardiff’s millennium stadium hosted the wrc’s first indoor stage in 2005. event celebrated 20th anniversary of colin mcrae winning world title on home ground. winner sébastien ogier dedicated victory to victims of paris terrorist attacks. rally ran as planned despite torrential rain and gale force winds in welsh forests. wales historic facts formerly included loops around england, scotland and wales but has been based solely in wales since 2000. monte-carlo sweden mexico argentina portugal italy poland wrc factbook / events
www.rallyaustralia.com.au australia coffs harbour host town gravel surface 1988 first held 17.-20.11. 2016 date 47 west coffs 2015 elite 2015 three 2015 champion historic facts historic facts australia hosted wrc from 1989 to 2006 in the west coast city of perth. the rally moved to the east coast in new south wales in 2009 and was relocated to coffs harbour in 2011. ogier joined sébastien loeb, juha kankkunen and tommi mäkinen as only drivers to have won title more than twice. volkswagen won third straight manufacturers’ crown. sébastien ogier secu- red third consecutive drivers’ title with victory. the best historic facts it won the accolade for the championship’s best rally three times in the late 1990s. finland germany china france spain great britain australia wrc factbook / events
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wrc contact 49 wrc factbook / wrc promoter wrc promoter gmbh is a joint company of red bull media house and the sportsman media holding. it is responsible for all commercial aspects of the fia world rally championship, including broadcast formats, tv production and the marketing of global media and sponsorship rights. the promoter also has responsibility to increase the field of participants and to propose the venues that form the fia wrc calendar. photography: esl france, fotolia, jeff cable photography, mcklein, red bull contentpool, @world design: eazee designstudio eazee-design.de company details wrc promoter gmbh liebherrstrasse 22 80538 munich - germany phone: +49 (0) 89 212 669 910 fax: +49 (0) 89 212 669 928 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: wrc.com redbullmediahouse.com thesportsmanholding.com phone: +49 (0) 89212669910 fax: +49 (0) 89212669928