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The 2014 World Rally Championship season will be the forty-second season of the World Rally Championship, an auto racing championship recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile as the highest class of international rallying. Teams and drivers will contest thirteen rallies across four continents, competing for the FIA World Rally Championships for Drivers and Manufacturers. The WRC-2, WRC-3 and Junior WRC championships will all be run in support of the premier championship.

The 2014 season will see Hyundai return to the championship as a manufacturer for the first time since the 2003 season. The Rally of Poland will return to the calendar after a five-year absence, replacing the Acropolis Rally.

Sébastien Ogier will start the season as the defending drivers' champion. His team, Volkswagen Motorsport, will start the season as the defending manufacturers' champions.

Teams and driversEdit

The following teams and drivers are scheduled to compete in the World Rally Championship during the 2014 season:

World Rally Car entries eligible to score manufacturer points
Constructor Team Tyre No. Drivers Co-drivers Rounds
Volkswagen
(Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport[1] M 1 France Sébastien Ogier[2] France Julien Ingrassia[2] 1–8
2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala[2] Finland Miikka Anttila[2] 1–8
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport II[3] M 9 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen[3] Finland Mikko Markkula[3] 1–5
Norway Ola Fløene[4] 6–8
Citroën
(Citroën DS3 WRC)
France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team[5] M 3 United Kingdom Kris Meeke[6] Ireland Paul Nagle[6] 1–8
4 Norway Mads Østberg[6] Sweden Jonas Andersson[6] 1–8
Ford
(Ford Fiesta RS WRC)
United Kingdom M-Sport World Rally Team[3][7] M 5 Finland Mikko Hirvonen[8] Finland Jarmo Lehtinen[8] 1–8
6 United Kingdom Elfyn Evans[8] United Kingdom Daniel Barritt[8] 1–8
United Kingdom RK M-Sport World Rally Team[3] M 10 Poland Robert Kubica[9] Poland Maciek Szczepaniak[7] 1–8
Czech Republic Jipocar Czech National Team[10] M 21 Czech Republic Martin Prokop[10] Czech Republic Michal Ernst[10] 1
Czech Republic Jan Tománek[11] 2–8
Hyundai
(Hyundai i20 WRC)
Germany Hyundai Shell World Rally Team[12][3][13] M 7 Belgium Thierry Neuville[14] Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul[14] 1–8
8 Spain Dani Sordo[15] Spain Marc Martí[15] 1, 5
Finland Juho Hänninen[16] Finland Tomi Tuominen[16] 2, 4, 6–8
Australia Chris Atkinson[17] Belgium Stéphane Prévot[17] 3
Germany Hyundai Motorsport N[18] M 20 Spain Dani Sordo[19][20] Spain Marc Martí[19][20] 4
New Zealand Hayden Paddon[18] New Zealand John Kennard[18] 6–8

Team changesEdit

Driver changesEdit

CalendarEdit

The 2014 calendar was announced at a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Croatia on 27 September 2013.[35] The season will be contested over thirteen rounds in Europe, North and South America and Australia.

Round Dates Rally name Rally headquarters Surface
1 16–18 January Monaco 82ème Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo Gap, Hautes-Alpes Mixed
2 5–8 February Sweden 62nd Rally Sweden Hagfors, Värmland Snow
3 6–9 March Mexico 28º Rally Guanajuato México León, Guanajuato Gravel
4 3–6 April Portugal 48º Vodafone Rally de Portugal Faro, Algarve Gravel
5 8–11 May Argentina 34º Rally Argentina Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba Gravel
6 6–8 June Italy 11º Rally d'Italia Sardegna Alghero, Sardinia Gravel
7 27–29 June Poland 71st LOTOS Rally Poland Mikołajki, Warmia-Masuria Gravel
8 1–3 August Finland 64th Neste Oil Rally Finland Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi Gravel
9 22–24 August Germany 32. ADAC Rallye Deutschland Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate Tarmac
10 12–14 September Australia 23rd Coates Hire Rally Australia Coffs Harbour, New South Wales Gravel
11 3–5 October France Rallye de France – Alsace 2014 Strasbourg, Alsace Tarmac
12 24–26 October Spain 50º Rally RACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada Salou, Tarragona Mixed
13 14–16 November United Kingdom 70th Wales Rally GB Deeside, Flintshire Gravel

Calendar changesEdit

  • Rally Australia and Rally New Zealand will abandon the event-sharing arrangement established in 2008 that saw each event host a round of the championship every other year. After hosting an event in 2013, Rally Australia will remain on the calendar throughout 2014 and 2015 before the arrangement is due to be renegotiated.[36]
  • The Rallye Monte Carlo will relocate its base from Valence in the French province of Rhône-Alpes to the town of Gap in the neighbouring province of Hautes-Alpes.[37]
  • The 2014 calendar will see the Rally of Poland return to the championship for the first time since 2009.[36] The event will also cross the border into Lithuania for one day of competition.[35] Its inclusion came at the expense of the Acropolis Rally, which was removed after struggling with its financial obligations to the championship. The Acropolis Rally later moved to the European Rally Championship for the 2014 season.[38] The rallies of Brazil and China had also been considered for inclusion on the WRC calendar before the FIA approved of the Rally of Poland.[39][40]

Standings so farEdit

FIA World Rally Championship for DriversEdit

Driver Placings
PosDriver Monaco Sweden Mexico Portugal Argentina Italy Poland Finland Germany Australia France Spain United Kingdom Pts
1st Ogier 1st 6th 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd Ret 1st 13th 1st 1st 267
2nd Latvala 5th 1st 2nd 14th 1st 3rd 5th 1st Ret 2nd 1st 2nd 8th 218
3rd Mikkelsen 7th 2nd 19th 4th 4th 4th 2nd 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 7th Ret 150
4th Hirvonen Ret 4th 8th 2nd 9th Ret 4th 5th 5th 5th 5th 3rd 2nd 126
5th Østberg 4th 3rd 9th 3rd Ret 2nd Ret Ret 6th 16th 7th 4th 3rd 108
6th Neuville Ret 28th 3rd 7th 5th 16th 3rd Ret 1st 7th 8th 6th 4th 105
7th Meeke 3rd 10th Ret Ret 3rd 18th 7th 3rd Ret 4th 3rd 19th 6th 92
8th Evans 6th Ret 4th 22nd 7th 5th 35th 7th 4th 8th 6th 14th 5th 81
9th Prokop Ret Ret 5th Ret 8th 6th 10th Ret 7th 8th 9th 44
10th Sordo Ret Ret Ret 2nd 5th 40
11th Solberg 7th 5th 7th 9th 9th Ret 26
12th Bouffier 2nd 14th Ret 9th 20
13th Hänninen 19th 8th Ret 6th 20
14th Paddon 12th 8th 8th 6th 9th 10th 19
15th Tänak 5th 15th Ret 17th 21st 11th 12th 10th Ret 7th 17
16th Kubica Ret 24th Ret Ret 6th 8th 20th 34th Ret 9th Ret 17th 11th 14
17th Guerra 6th 18th EX 8
18th Atkinson 7th 10th 7
19th Tidemand 8th 11th 9th 28th 6
20th Kuipers 8th 11th 4
21st J. Melichárek 8th 19th 14th 4
22nd Al-Attiyah 10th Ret 17th 11th 10th 17th 4
23rd Bertelli 12th 18th 13th 30th 13th 9th Ret 50th 14th 2
24th Gamba 9th Ret 2
25th Breen 9th Ret EX 2
26th Protasov 10th 15th 10th 31st Ret 13th 43th 11th 13th 16th 20th 20th 2
27th Ketomaa 12th 10th 21st 12th 11th 12th 12th 12th 1
28th Kruuda 11th 10th 24th 16th 1
29th Al-Qassimi 16th 13th 10th 15th 1

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