World Rally Championship

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The World Rally Championship is a series of rallying events organised by the FIA. The series was first contested in 1973, with events taking over a variety of different surfaces across the course of the season. There are separate championships for drivers, co-drivers, manufacturers and teams.

Today there are just three manufacturers competing (Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport Ford), however the most successful manufacturer in WRC history is Lancia who won 11 Championships across the 70s, 80s and early 90s, followed by Citroën with eight championships won in the 2000s. The most successful driver is Sébastien Loeb with nine championships, followed by Sébastien Ogier with eight.

2023 World Rally Championship Calendar & Circuits

There are 13 rounds that make up the 2023 World Rally Championship season including:

  • Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo (Surface – Mixed)
  • Rally Sweden (Surface – Snow)
  • Rally Guanajuato México (Surface – Gravel)
  • Croatia Rally (Surface – Tarmac)
  • Rally de Portugal (Surface – Gravel)
  • Rally Italia Sardegna (Surface – Gravel)
  • Safari Rally Kenya (Surface – Gravel)
  • Rally Estonia (Surface – Gravel)
  • Rally Finland (Surface – Gravel)
  • Acropolis Rally Greece (Surface – Gravel)
  • Rally Chile (Surface – Gravel)
  • Central Europe Rally (Surface – Tarmac)
  • Rally Japan (Surface – Tarmac)

World Rally Championship Teams & Drivers

The teams and drivers/co-drivers competing in the 2023 World Rally Championship season are:

Ford (M-Sport Ford WRT)
  • Pierre-Louis Loubet (FRA)/Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL)
  • Ott Tänak (EST)/Martin Järveoja (EST)
Hyundai (Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT)
  • Esapekka Lappi (FIN)/Janne Ferm (FIN)
  • Dani Sordo (ESP)/Cándido Carrera (ESP)
  • Thierry Neuville (BEL)/Martijn Wydaeghe (BEL)
  • Craig Breen (IRL)/James Fulton (IRL)
Toyota (Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT)
  • Sébastien Ogier (FRA)/Vincent Landais (FRA)
  • Takamoto Katsuta (JPN)/Aaron Johnston (IRL)
  • Elfyn Evans (GBR)/Scott Martin (GBR)
  • Kalle Rovanpera (FIN)/Jonne Halttunen (FIN)

Further Information

World Rally Championship Official Website

Last Updated on January 18, 2023 by Sports Tourist

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