WRC 1998 Complete Season

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    wrc 19981998 was an excellent year for the World Rally Championship(WRC). There were 13 rallies in Monaco, Sweden, Kenya, Portugal, Spain, France, Argentina, Greece, New Zealand, Finland, Italy, Australia, England. Mitshubishi was competing against Toyota Subaru, and even Ford in the slightly outdate but super capable Escort. This was the last year for a full works Ford Escort which was about to be replaced by the Focus.wrc 1998

    The season was crazy close and went all the way to the final stage of the last rally. Technically the winner thought he had lost and got the news later that he had in fact won. But it wasn’t just the final round. The first five rallies all had five different winners. This was anyone’s season and they knew it. Carlos Sainz went for a lead a few rallies into the season by skipping the mouse stuff in the tires hoping to improve his stage times. Instead he got a puncture. It seemed like every rally was a chance for a driver to take the lead if he took just the right risks and somehow pulled it off.Screen Shot 2015-12-24 at 2.32.31 PM

    This is also the season where McRae bent his suspension so badly that he couldn’t get the flat tire and wheel off the car. First priority was to make the tire smaller which they did by driving on it till it exploded. Then they go the suspension arm off and smashed it straight with a giant rock and made the time control with seconds to spare. Rally is awesome. The 1998 season was on one of the best. If you want to see this rock meets suspension scene it starts around 1:04 into the season. Screen Shot 2015-12-24 at 12.12.56 PM

    Not only does the championship come down to the last rally but it keeps swapping leaders all the way there. A blown turbo for example cost one leader his entire season with just one rally to go. He lost the turbo 4km from the finish and with it, the entire championship. You would think that would be a close dramatic finish, but on the final stage of the final round of the championship…

    You should sit down and watch the whole thing right now. “That roll is going to cost him 30 seconds….” WHAT? He just flipped his car off the road. Apparently they righted it, got back in and only lost 30 seconds? Spectators are awesome. They must have flipped him back over. If you dont have time and want to know what happened, the full results are below.

     

    Spoiler Alert: If you are going to watch the entire season and don’t remember who won, don’t scroll down.

    Tommi Mäkinen won his third consecutive drivers’ world championship driving for Mitsubishi, ahead of Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae. The manufacturers’ title was won by Mitsubishi (who still operated under Group A regulations), ahead of Toyota and Subaru. The season ended in dramatic fashion when Carlos Sainz’s Corolla WRC stopped approximately 300 metres from the finishing line in the final stage at Margam due to mechanical failure, thus surrendering his fourth place on the rally and handing the title to Mäkinen.

    Results from Wikipedia:

    Rally Name Dates run Podium Drivers (Finishing Time) Podium Cars
    66ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 19 January-21 January
    1. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:28m:00.5s)
    2. Finland Juha Kankkunen (4h:28m:41.3s)
    3. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:29m:01.5s)
    1. Toyota Corolla WRC
    2. Ford Escort WRC
    3. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
    47th International Swedish Rally 6 February-8 February
    1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:32m:51.6s)
    2. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:33m:43.2s)
    3. Finland Juha Kankkunen (3h:33m:50.4s)
    1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV
    2. Toyota Corolla WRC
    3. Ford Escort WRC
    46th Safari Rally Kenya 28 February-2 March
    1. United Kingdom Richard Burns (8h:57m:34s)
    2. Finland Juha Kankkunen (9h:07m:01s)
    3. Finland Ari Vatanen (9h:07m:26s)
    1. Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evolution IV
    2. Ford Escort WRC
    3. Ford Escort WRC
    32º TAP Rallye de Portugal 22 March-25 March
    1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:20m:58.1s)
    2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:21m:00.2s)
    3. Belgium Freddy Loix (4h:21m:43.9s)
    1. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
    2. Toyota Corolla WRC
    3. Toyota Corolla WRC
    34º Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava (Rallye de España) 20 April-22 April
    1. France Didier Auriol (4h:18m:36.9s)
    2. Belgium Freddy Loix (4h:19m:30.3s)
    3. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:19m:46.3s)
    1. Toyota Corolla WRC
    2. Toyota Corolla WRC
    3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
    42ème Tour de Corse – Rallye de France 4 May-6 May
    1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:02m:46.9s)
    2. France François Delecour (4h:03m:14.1s)
    3. Italy Piero Liatti (4h:03m:16.9s)
    1. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
    2. Peugeot 306 Maxi
    3. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
    18º Rally Argentina 20 May-23 May
    1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:22m:07.4s)
    2. Spain Carlos Sainz (4h:22m:34.2s)
    3. Finland Juha Kankkunen (4h:22m:34.9s)
    1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
    2. Toyota Corolla WRC
    3. Ford Escort WRC
    45th Acropolis Rally of Greece 7 June-9 June
    1. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:26m:31.6s)
    2. France Didier Auriol (4h:26m:51.6s)
    3. Finland Juha Kankkunen (4h:27m:15.9s)
    1. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
    2. Toyota Corolla WRC
    3. Ford Escort WRC
    28th Rally New Zealand 24 July-27 July
    1. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:54m:57.1s)
    2. France Didier Auriol (3h:55m:01.2s)
    3. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:56m:40.8s)
    1. Toyota Corolla WRC
    2. Toyota Corolla WRC
    3. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
    48th Neste Rally Finland 21 August-23 August
    1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:16m:56.1s)
    2. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:17m:31.7s)
    3. Finland Juha Kankkunen (3h:17m:41.3s)
    1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
    2. Toyota Corolla WRC
    3. Ford Escort WRC
    40º Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d’Italia 12 October-14 October
    1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (4h:34m:34.5s)
    2. Italy Piero Liatti (4h:34m:50.3s)
    3. United Kingdom Colin McRae (4h:36m:04.7s)
    1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
    2. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
    3. Subaru Impreza WRC 98
    11th API Rally Australia 5 November-8 November
    1. Finland Tommi Mäkinen (3h:52m:48.7s)
    2. Spain Carlos Sainz (3h:53m:05.2s)
    3. France Didier Auriol (3h:53m:13.7s)
    1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
    2. Toyota Corolla WRC
    3. Toyota Corolla WRC
    54th Network Q Rally of Great Britain 22 November-24 November
    1. United Kingdom Richard Burns (3h:50m:30.6s)
    2. Finland Juha Kankkunen (3h:54m:17.1s)
    3. Belgium Bruno Thiry (3h:55m:58.1s)
    1. Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evolution V
    2. Ford Escort WRC
    3. Ford Escort WRC