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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.

Notable entriesEdit

Car Manufacturer Driver Co-driver
Alpine Renault A110 1800 Alpine-Renault Sweden Ove Andersson Sweden Arne Hertz
France Jean-Claude Andruet France Michele Espinosi
Ford Escort RS1600 Ford United Kingdom Roger Clark United Kingdom Tony Mason
Finland Timo Mäkinen United Kingdom Henry Liddon
Toyota Corolla Toyota Canada Walter Boyce Canada Doug Woods

EventsEdit

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

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