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Facts About the World Rally Championship




SERIES OVERVIEW
Organised by the FIA, The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series which features both a driver championship and manufacturer championship. The series hosts several races a year in many countries such as Sweden, Mexico, Jordan, Turkey, New Zealand, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Japan, France, Spain, and Great Britain.


CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
The top 8 drivers at the end of a rally are awards points as follows: 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. However manufacturers can only nominate two drivers to score points for the team, no matter how many drivers there are in that team. The manufacturer's points are awarded based on the same point system.

Recent WRC champions include Sébastien Loeb (2004 - 2009), Petter Solberg (2003), Marcus Grönholm (2000, 2002), and Richard Burns (2001). Recent championship winners in the manufacturing division include Citroën (2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009), Ford (2006 - 2007), and Peugeot (2000 - 2002).


HISTORY OF THE WRC
The first season of the World Rally Championship was held in 1973 which began with the 42eme Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo on January 19. This location remained the first stop for many of the racing seasons.


CLASSES OF THE WRC
World Rally Championship
Junior World Rally Championship
Production World Rally Championship