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The 2009 World Rally Championship season is the 37th season of the WRC. The FIA have proposed a "round-rotation" system which allows other countries to take part. It started with the 2009 Rally Ireland on the 30th of January. The Drivers Title was won by Sebastien Loeb, his sixth on the trot. That keeps him as the most successful driver in history. Citroen won the Manufacterers Championship after Ford won it for the last 2 years.


The 2009 WRC Calendar Edit

For this year there are 12 rallies, three less than 2008. This is because of the Round Rotation system which means 24 rallies in 2 years. For this season, some of the traditional classics such as the Monte Carlo, France, Sweden and New Zealand have been dropped. But they will come back for 2010. 6 Rallies return to the calendar: Ireland, Norway, Cyprus, Portugal, Poland and Australia.


Dates Location Support Category
30 January-1 February 2009 Rally Ireland JWRC
13-15 February 2009 Rally Norway PWRC
13-15 March 2009 Cyprus Rally JWRC/PWRC
3-5 April 2009 Rally de Portugal JWRC/PWRC
24-26 April 2009 Rally Argentina JWRC/PWRC
22-24 May 2009 Rally d'Italia Sardegna JWRC/PWRC
12-14 June 2009 Acropolis Rally PWRC
26-28 June 2009 Rally of Poland JWRC
31 July-2 August 2009 Rally Finland JWRC
4-6 September 2009 Rally Australia PWRC
2-4 October 2009 Rally Catalunya JWRC
23-25 October 2009 Wales Rally GB PWRC


Teams and Drivers Edit

For 2009, 6 teams have signed up for the championship for manufacters. With the withdrawels of Subaru and Suzuki, new teams Citroen Junior Team and Adapta World Rally Team have joined. The Junior Team will run alongside the highly successful Citroen Total Team and the Adapta Team will run in Subaru Imprezas.

In the main Citroen Team, the lineup remains much the same. Reigning champion Sebastian Loeb and Dani Sordo stay at numbers 1 and 2. In the BP Ford Abu Dhabi Team, Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala stay with Ford. Stobart VK ford continue their run of young drivers by introducing JWRC hotshot Urmo Aava. He will run alongside Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg for 2009. Solberg will also run a stint at the Munchi's Ford team. His team-mate for 2009 is Argentinian Federico Villagra. In the Junior Citroen Team, Subaru refugee Chris Atkinson drives alongside reigning JWRC champion Sebastien Ogier, Conrad Rautenbach and Evgeny Novikov; 3 stars of the future. The Adapta Subaru World Rally Team have appointed Mads Ostberg to team-leader. His team-mate in Rally Norway, the 2nd round of the championship is Anders Grondal, another promising Norweigan. Adapta however, won't compete for manufacterer points.

Results Edit

2009 Rally Ireland

Winner: Sebastien Loeb

Runner-Up: Dani Sordo

3rd Place: Mikko Hirvonen


2009 Rally Norway

Winner: Sebastien Loeb

Runner-Up: Mikko Hirvonen

3rd Place: Jari-Matti Latvala


2009 Cyprus Rally

Winner: Sebastien Loeb

Runner-Up: Mikko Hirvonen

3rd Place: Petter Solberg


2009 Rally de Portugal

Winner: Sebastien Loeb

Runner-Up: Mikko Hirvonen

3rd Place: Dani Sordo


2009 Rally Argentina

Winner: Sebastien Loeb

Runner-Up: Dani Sordo

3rd Place: Henning Solberg


2009 Rally d'Italia Sardegna

Winner: Jari-Matti Latvala

Runner-Up: Mikko Hirvonen

3rd Place: Petter Solberg


2009 Acropolis Rally

Winner: Mikko Hirvonen

Runner-Up: Sebastien Ogier

3rd Place: Jari-Matti Latvala


2009 Rally of Poland

Winner: Mikko Hirvonen

Runner-Up: Dani Sordo

3rd Place: Henning Solberg


2009 Rally Finland

Winner: Mikko Hirvonen

Runner-Up: Sebastien Loeb

3rd Place: Jari-Matti Latvala


2009 Rally Australia

Winner: Mikko Hirvonen

Runner-Up: Sebastien Loeb

3rd Place: Dani Sordo


2009 Rally Catalunya

Winner: Sebastien Loeb

Runner-Up: Dani Sordo

3rd Place: Mikko Hirvonen


2009 Wales Rally GB

Winner: Sebastien Loeb

Runner-Up: Mikko Hirvonen

3rd Place: Dani Sordo


Driver's Championship Edit

Pos. Driver Name Ire Nor Cyp Por Arg Ita Gre Pol Fin Aus Spa GB Total
1 S.Loeb 10 10 10 10 10 5 R 2 8 8 10 10 93 pts
2 M.Hirvonen 6 8 8 8 R 8 10 10 10 10 6 8 92 pts
3 D.Sordo 8 4 5 6 8 0 0 8 5 6 8 6 64 pts
4 J.M.Latvala 0 6 0 R 3 10 6 R 6 5 3 2 41 pts
5 P.Solberg - 3 6 5 R 6 R 5 R - 5 5 35 pts
6 H.Solberg 5 5 0 4 6 1 0 6 0 2 0 4 33 pts
7 M.Wilson 2 2 4 R 4 3 0 4 1 3 2 3 28 pts
8 S.Ogier 3 0 R 0 2 R 8 R 3 4 4 R 24 pts
9 F.Villagra - - 2 2 5 R 5 - 0 1 1 - 16 pts
10 C.Rautenbach 0 R 3 R R 0 4 1 R R 0 1 9 pts
11 M.Ostberg - 0 - 3 - 2 2 R R - - R 7 pts
12 K.Al-Qassimi 1 - 1 1 - 0 3 - 0 0 0 0 6 pts
13= C.Atkinson 4 - - - - - - - - - - - 4 pts
13= E.Novikov - 0 R R - 4 0 0 R - 0 - 4 pts
13= M.Rantanen - - - - - - - - 4 - - - 4 pts
16 K.Holowczyc - - - - - - - 3 - - - - 3 pts
17 J.Ketomaa - - - - - - - - 2 - - - 2 pts
18= U.Aava 0 1 - - - - - - - - - - 1 pt
18= N.Al-Attiyah - 0 0 0 1 0 X - 0 - - R 1 pt
18= L.Athanassoulas - - - - - - 1 - - - 0 - 1 pt

 

Manufacterer's Championship Edit

Pos. Team Name Ire Nor Cyp Por Arg Ita Gre Pol Fin Aus Spa GB Total
1 Total-Citroen 18 14 16 16 18 8 4 12 13 14 18 16 167 pts
2 BP Ford 8 14 10 8 3 18 18 10 16 15 10 10 140 pts
3 Stobart VK Ford 8 8 6 5 10 7 5 11 4 5 4 7 80 pts
4 Citroen Junior 5 2 4 0 2 5 6 5 4 4 5 5 47 pts
5 Munchi's Ford 0 0 3 4 5 0 6 0 2 1 2 0 23 pts

 

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