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The 2009 World Rally Championship season was the 37th season of the FIA World Rally Championship. The season consisted of twelve rallies and began on 30th January, with Rally Ireland and ended with Rally GB on 25 October. Sébastien Loeb won the World Drivers' championship at Rally GB by one point from Mikko Hirvonen, taking his sixth consecutive crown.[1] Citroën secured their fifth Manufacturers' title, Martin Prokop won the JWRC Drivers' championship and Armindo Araujo won the PWRC Drivers' championship.

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Calendar

The 2009 season included twelve rallies, which was three fewer than the 2008 season, because the FIA imposed a "Round Rotation" System in order to attract candidate rallies to have a chance to be a WRC event. Monte Carlo, Sweden, Mexico, Jordan, Turkey, Germany, New Zealand, France and Japan were dropped from the calendar for 2009, but will return at the 2010 WRC Season. Ireland, Norway, Cyprus, Portugal, Poland and Australia returned to the 2009 season [2].

The eight events also part of the Production World Rally Championship were Norway, Cyprus, Portugal, Argentina, Italy, Greece, Australia and Rally GB. The eight rallies also on the Junior World Rally Championship schedule were Ireland, Cyprus, Portugal, Argentina, Italy, Poland, Finland and Spain.

Round Dates Rally Name Rally HQ Support Category Surface
01 30 January-1 February Rally Ireland Republic of Ireland Sligo JWRC Wintry asphalt
02 12-15 February Rally Norway Norway Hamar PWRC Ice and snow covered gravel
03 13-15 March FxPro Cyprus Rally Cyprus Limassol JWRC/PWRC Asphalt and gravel
04 3-5 April Vodafone Rally de Portugal Portugal Vilamoura JWRC/PWRC Gravel
05 24-26 April Rally Argentina Argentina Villa Carlos Paz JWRC/PWRC Gravel
06 22-24 May Rally d'Italia Sardegna Italy Olbia JWRC/PWRC Gravel
07 12-14 June Acropolis Rally of Greece Greece Loutraki PWRC Gravel
08 26-28 June ORLEN Platinum Rally Poland Poland Mikołajki JWRC Gravel
09 31 July-2 August Neste Oil Rally Finland Finland Jyväskylä JWRC Gravel
10 4-6 September Repco Rally Australia Australia Kingscliff PWRC Gravel
11 2-4 October Movistar RACC Rally Catalunya Spain Salou JWRC Asphalt
12 23-25 October Rally of Great Britain United Kingdom Cardiff PWRC Gravel

Teams and drivers

For The 2009 season, the championship has two manufacturer teams (Citroën Total World Rally Team and BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team) and three semi-factory teams (Stobart VK M-Sport Ford, Munchi's Ford and the Citroën Junior Team) that will be eligible for the manufacturers' championship.

Suzuki and Subaru pulled out of the WRC at the end of the 2008 championship, both citing the economic downturn currently affecting the automotive industry for their withdrawal.

Team Constructor Car Tyre No Drivers Co-drivers Rounds
France Citroën Total World Rally Team Citroën C4 WRC P 1 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena All
2 Spain Dani Sordo Spain Marc Marti All
United States BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 and 09 P 3 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen All
4 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila All
15 United Arab Emirates Khalid al-Qassimi United Kingdom Michael Orr 1, 3-4, 6-7, 9-12
United Kingdom Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 P 5 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson United Kingdom Scott Martin All
6 Norway Henning Solberg Norway Cato Menkerud All
- Estonia Urmo Aava Estonia Kuldar Sikk 1-2
17 United Kingdom Steve Perez United Kingdom Paul Spooner 12
- Poland Krzysztof Holowczyc Poland Lukasz Kurzeja 8
France Citroën Junior Team Citroën C4 WRC P 7 Russia Evgeny Novikov Australia Dale Moscatt 2-4, 6-9
Belgium Stephane Prevot 11
8 Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach United Kingdom Daniel Barritt All
12 France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia All
11 Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Phil Mills 12
16 Germany Aaron Burkart Germany Michael Kölbach 12
- Australia Chris Atkinson Belgium Stephane Prevot 1
Argentina Munchi's Ford World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 P - Argentina Federico Villagra Argentina Jorge Perez Companc 3, 5-7, 9-11
Argentina Jose Diaz 4
- United Kingdom Paul Bird United Kingdom Ian Windress 11
- Finland Matti Rantanen Finland Mikko Lukka 9
- Finland Mattias Therman Finland Janne Perälä 9
Major Entries Not Registered as Manufacturers
Norway Adapta World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 2008 P 14 Norway Mads Østberg Norway Ole Kristian Unnerud 2, 4
Norway Veronica Engan 6
Sweden Jonas Andersson 7-9, 12
Norway Petter Solberg World Rally Team Citroën Xsara WRC and C4 WRC P - Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Phil Mills 2-9, 11
Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Škoda and Citroën Fabia WRC and C4 WRC P - Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Norway Ola Floene 6, 8
Finland Ketomaa WRT Subaru Impreza WRC 2008 P - Finland Jari Ketomaa Finland Mika Stenberg 9
United Kingdom Prodrive Subaru Impreza WRC 2008 P - Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Timo Rautiainen 4
Netherlands van Merksteijn Motorsport Ford Focus RS WRC 07 P - Netherlands Peter van Merksteijn Netherlands Erwin Mombaerts 2,4
- Netherlands Peter van Merksteijn, Jr. Belgium Eddy Chevaillier 2,4
  • All of the car numbers on the table above are based on the entry list for the forthcoming Rally GREAT BRITAIN[3].- indicates they were absent from entry list.
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J-WRC Entries[4]

No Driver Co-driver Car
31 Germany Aaron Burkart Germany Michael Kölbach Suzuki Swift S1600
32 Poland Michal Kosciuszko Poland Maciek Szczepaniak Suzuki Swift S1600
33 Italy Simone Bertolotti Italy Luca Celestini Suzuki Swift S1600
34 Italy Luca Griotti Italy Corrado Bonato Renault Clio R3
35 France Yoann Bonato France Benjamin Boulloud Suzuki Swift Sport
36 Netherlands Hans Weijs Jr. Belgium Bjorn Degandt Citroën C2 S1600
37 Netherlands Kevin Abbring Netherlands Erwin Mombaerts Renault Clio R3
38 Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Citroën C2 S1600
39 Italy Alessandro Bettega Italy Simone Scattolin Renault Clio R3

P-WRC Entries[5]

No Driver Co-driver Car
31 Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
32 Portugal Bernardo Sousa Portugal Jorge Carvalho Abarth Grande Punto S2000
33 Japan Toshi Arai Australia Glenn Macneal Subaru Impreza WRX STi
34 Italy Gianluca Linari Italy Andrea Cecchi Subaru Impreza WRX STi
35 Czech Republic Martin Semerád Czech Republic Bohuslav Ceplecha Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
36 Spain Egoi Eder Valdés López Spain Daniel Lucas Subaru Impreza WRX STi
37 France Frederic Sauvan France Thibault Gorczyca Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
38 Hungary Gabor Mayer Hungary Róbert Tagai Subaru Impreza WRX STi
39 Italy Ricardo Errani Italy Stefano Casadio Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
40 Latvia Andis Neikšāns Latvia Pēteris Dzirkals Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
43 New Zealand Mark Tapper New Zealand Jeff Rudd Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
44 Cyprus Spyros Pavlides France Denis Giraudet Subaru Impreza WRX STi
44 Czech Republic Jaromir Tarabus Czech Republic Daniel Trunkat Abarth Grande Punto S2000
45 Sweden Patrik Flodin Sweden Göran Bergsten Subaru Impreza WRX STi
46 Sweden Patrik Sandell Sweden Emil Axelsson Skoda Fabia RS S2000
47 Portugal Armindo Araujo Portugal Miguel Ramalho Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
48 India Gaurav Gill United Kingdom David Senior Subaru Impreza WRX STi
49 Norway Eyvind Brynildsen France Denis Giraudet Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
50 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Results and standings

Colour Rally Surface
Gold Gravel
Silver Tarmac
Blue Snow/Ice
Bronze Mixed Surface
Round Rally name Podium finishers
Rank Driver Car Time
1 Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland 2nd Rally Ireland
(January 30–February 1) — Results and report
1 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 2:48:25.7
2 Spain Dani Sordo Citroën C4 WRC 2:49:53.6
3 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 08 2:50:33.5
2 Norway 3rd Rally Norway
(February 12–15) — Results and report
1 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 3:28:15.9
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:28:25.7
3 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:29:37.7
3 Cyprus 37th FxPro Cyprus Rally
(March 13–15) — Results and report
1 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 4:50:34.7
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:51:01.9
3 Norway Petter Solberg Citroën Xsara WRC 4:52:24.1
4 Portugal 43º Vodafone Rally de Portugal
(April 2–5) — Results and report
1 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 3:53:13.1
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:53:37.4
3 Spain Dani Sordo Citroën C4 WRC 3:54:58.5
5 Argentina 29º Rally Argentina
(April 24–26) — Results and report
1 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 3:57:40.3
2 Spain Dani Sordo Citroën C4 WRC 3:58:53.4
3 Norway Henning Solberg Focus RS WRC 08 4:01:44.4
6 Italy 6º Rally d'Italia Sardegna
(May 22–24) — Results and report
1 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Focus RS WRC 09 4:00:55.7
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 4:01:25.1
3 Norway Petter Solberg Citroën Xsara WRC 4:02:53.3
7 Greece 56th Acropolis Rally of Greece
(June 12–14) — Results and report
1 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 4:09:42.5
2 France Sébastien Ogier Citroën C4 WRC 4:10:55.4
3 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Focus RS WRC 09 4:11:27.5
8 Poland 66th Rally Poland
(June 26–29) — Results and report
1 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 3:07:27.5
2 Spain Dani Sordo Citroën C4 WRC 3:08:37.8
3 Norway Henning Solberg Focus RS WRC 08 3:09:33.2
9 Finland 59th Neste Oil Rally Finland
(July 31–August 2) — Results and report
1 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 2:50:40.9
2 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 2:51:06.0
3 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Focus RS WRC 09 2:51:30.8
10 Australia 20th Repco Rally Australia
(September 4–6) — Results and report
1 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 2:53:06.5
2 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 2:53:54.0
3 Spain Dani Sordo Citroën C4 WRC 2:54:11.1
11 Spain 45º Movistar Rally RACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada
(October 2–4) — Results and report
1 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 3:22:14.7
2 Spain Dani Sordo Citroën C4 WRC 3:22:26.7
3 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 3:23:08.8
12 United Kingdom 65th Rally of Great Britain
(October 23–October 25) — Results and report
1 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC 3:16:25.4
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 3:17:31.5
3 Spain Dani Sordo Citroën C4 WRC 3:17:32.5

Drivers' championship

Pos Driver IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 France Sébastien Loeb 1 1 1 1 1 4 Ret 7 2 2 1 1 93
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 2 2 Ret 2 1 1 1 1 3 2 92
3 Spain Dani Sordo 2 5 4 3 2 23 12 2 4 3 2 3 64
4 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 12 Ret 6 1 3 Ret 3 4 6 7 41
5 Norway Petter Solberg 6 3 4 Ret 3 Ret 4 Ret 4 4 35
6 Norway Henning Solberg 4 4 18 5 3 8 15 3 30 7 9 5 33
7 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson 7 7 5 Ret 5 6 14 5 8 6 7 6 28
8 France Sébastien Ogier 6 10 Ret 17 7 Ret 2 Ret 6 5 5 Ret 24
9 Argentina Federico Villagra 7 7 4 Ret 4 11 8 8 16
10 Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach 18 Ret 6 Ret Ret 9 5 8 Ret Ret 11 8 9
11 Norway Mads Østberg 9 6 7 7 Ret Ret Ret 7
12 United Arab Emirates Khalid al-Qassimi 8 8 8 16 6 9 19 14 20 6
13 Russia Evgeny Novikov 12 Ret Ret 5 16 9 Ret Ret 4
14 Australia Chris Atkinson 5 4
15 Finland Matti Rantanen 5 4
16 Poland Krzysztof Hołowczyc 6 3
17 Finland Jari Ketomaa 7 2
18 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah 11 16 8 10 33 Ret 1
19 Estonia Urmo Aava 10 8 29 1
20 Greece Lambros Athanassoulas 8 25 1
Pos Driver IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish (top 8)
Blue Non-points finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Injured or ill (Inj)
Excluded (EX)
Suspended (SUS)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championship

Pos Team Event Total
points
IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
1 France Citroën Total World Rally Team 18 14 16 16 18 8 4 12 13 14 18 16 167
2 United States BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 10 8 3 18 18 10 16 15 10 10 140
3 United Kingdom Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 6 5 10 7 5 11 4 5 4 7 80
4 France Citroën Junior Team 5 2 4 0 2 5 6 5 4 4 5 5 47
5 Argentina Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 3 4 5 0 6 0 2 1 2 0 23

JWRC Drivers' championship

Pos Driver IRL
Republic of Ireland
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
ESP
Spain
 Pts 
1 Czech Republic Martin Prokop 2 1 1 2 1 Ret 46
2 Poland Michał Kościuszko 2 1 1 2 Ret 3 42
3 Germany Aaron Nikolai Burkart 1 3 2 3 4 5 39
4 Netherlands Kevin Abbring 5 2 Ret 1 Ret 4 27
5 Netherlands Hans Weijs Jr. Ret 3 6 4 7 1 26
6 Italy Simone Bertolotti 3 6 7 5 6 2 26
7 France Yoann Bonato 4 Ret 4 3 Ret 16
8 Italy Alessandro Bettega 5 3 5 14
9 Italy Luca Griotti 6 4 Ret 7 Ret 10
10 Finland Kalle Pinomaki 2 8
11 Spain Jordi Marti 3 6
12 Germany Mark Wallenwein 5 Ret 4
13 Poland Radoslaw Typa 6 3
Pos Driver IRL
Republic of Ireland
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
ESP
Spain
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish (top 8)
Blue Non-points finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Injured or ill (Inj)
Excluded (EX)
Suspended (SUS)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

PWRC Drivers' championship

Pos Driver NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 Portugal Armindo Araujo 4 2 1 3 2 4 42
2 Czech Republic Martin Prokop 3 2 DSQ 4 1 1 39
3 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah 3 4 1 1 13 Ret 31
4 Sweden Patrik Sandell 1 1 Ret 2 11 7 30
5 Japan Toshihiro Arai Ret 4 3 3 Ret 2 25
6 Norway Eyvind Brynildsen 2 3 5 5 Ret DSQ 22
7 Sweden Patrik Flodin 7 Ret 4 7 6 12
8 Latvia Andis Neikšāns 5 5 Ret 6 11
9 Greece Lambros Athanassoulas 1 10
10 Portugal Bernardo Sousa 5 Ret 4 9
11 New Zealand Mark Tapper 5 Ret 8 Ret 5 9
12 Argentina Marcos Ligato 2 8
13 New Zealand Richard Mason 2 8
14 Italy Gianluca Linari 11 9 6 7 10 6 8
15 Czech Republic Martin Semerad 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret 3 7
16 Australia Cody Crocker 3 6
17 France Frederic Sauvan 8 7 Ret 6 12 10 6
18 Cyprus Spyros Pavlides 4 9 5
19 Hungary Gabor Mayer 8 Ret 6 8 Ret 9 5
20 New Zealand Stewart Taylor 5 4
21 Czech Republic Jaromir Tarabus 6 Ret 3
22 Cyprus Charalambos Timotheu 6 3
23 India Gaurav Singh Gill Ret 7 2
24 Germany Hermann Gassner Jr. Ret 8 1
Pos Driver NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
AUS
Australia
GBR
United Kingdom
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish (top 8)
Blue Non-points finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Injured or ill (Inj)
Excluded (EX)
Suspended (SUS)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Statistics

Drivers

Pos Driver Starts Finishes Wins Podiums Stage wins Points
1 France Sébastien Loeb 12 11 7 9 88 93
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 12 11 4 11 51 92
3 Spain Dani Sordo 12 12 0 7 18 64
4 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 12 10 1 4 40 41
5 Norway Petter Solberg 10 7 0 2 10 35
6 Norway Henning Solberg 12 12 0 2 8 33
7 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson 12 11 0 0 2 28
8 France Sébastien Ogier 12 8 0 1 13 24
9 Argentina Federico Villagra 8 7 0 0 0 16
10 Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach 12 7 0 0 0 9
11 Norway Mads Østberg 7 4 0 0 1 7
12 United Arab Emirates Khalid al-Qassimi 9 9 0 0 0 6
13 Australia Chris Atkinson 1 1 0 0 0 4
14 Russia Evgeny Novikov 8 4 0 0 4 4
15 Finland Matti Rantanen 1 1 0 0 0 4
16 Poland Krzysztof Hołowczyc 1 1 0 0 0 3
17 Finland Jari Ketomaa 1 1 0 0 0 3
18 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah 6 5 0 0 0 1
19 Estonia Urmo Aava 3 3 0 0 0 1
20 Greece Lambros Athanassoulas 2 2 0 0 0 1

Constructors

Pos Constructor Chassis Starts Finishes Wins Podiums Stage wins Points
1 France Citroën Total World Rally Team C4 WRC 24 23 7 16 106 167
2 United States BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Focus RS WRC 08 and 09 33 30 5 15 91 140
3 United Kingdom Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team Focus RS WRC 08 28 27 0 2 10 80
4 France Citroën Junior Team C4 WRC 35 23 0 1 17 42
5 Argentina Munchi's Ford World Rally Team Focus RS WRC 08 11 9 0 0 0 23

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