1978 WRC Season Commentary

1978 WRC Summary by Chris Biewer :

In contrast to the previous year, there are hardly any changes. We stick to the same points system and the series is largely supported by the same teams and drivers. The makes title is a Fiat walk through but again with the strongest competition coming from Ford. Peugeot once again convincingly wins both African WRC rallies without showing any interest in the WRC itself.

It seems a surprise that the beautiful, new Rally NZ has been replaced by Bandama after only 1 season. Though the inclusion of the Bandama Rallye itself made a lot of sense. The year before we lost the Moroccan Rallye. And in previous years the Ivory Cost based Bandama Rallye received more support (entries) than Morocco. For variety of roads, scenery and wildlife there can only be 1 Safari, and that is East Africa. But Bandama is very unique in its own ways, going near completely through thick, dense, challenging rain forest. The Moroccan Rallye in comparison may have more of a typical stage layout, huuuge stages tho, than the other African events, but going past rock field deserts without vegetation near Atlas mountains, looking a bit like the WRC Jordan Rally, it was much rougher and much less picturesque than Safari and Bandama. Quite extraordinary that until that point the Bandama is the only one of the 3 African legends that has never been included into the calendar. At the same time there is nothing New Zealand has done wrong and it will be re-instated after only 1 year.

Quite extraordinary part2: That the brains behind the whole show were so convinced for so many years that a World Rally series had room for at least 2 African events - and now there is none in modern times.

As in 1977 the top8 results score.
 

1978 WRC Factory Team and Driver Line Ups :
 

Fiat Fiat, 1978 - Alitalia Fiat Abarth : 1st on 134 points.
 

 

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Ford Ford, 1978 - Ford RS Rallye Sport Team : 2nd on 100 points.
 

 

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Opel Opel, 1978 - Opel Euro Händler : 3rd on 100 points.
 

 

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Porsche Porsche, 1978 - Martini Porsche Racing : 4th on 79 points.
 

 

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Nissan Nissan, 1978 - Nismo Datsun : 5th on 52 points.
 

 

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Toyota Toyota, 1978 - TTE : 6th on 50 points.
 

 

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Lancia Lancia, 1978 - Pirelli Lancia Abarth : 7th on 49 points.
 

 

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Peugeot Peugeot, 1978 - Team Esso Peugeot : 8th on 45 points.
 

 

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Renault Renault, 1978 - Régie Renault : 9th on 38 points.
 

 

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Triumph Triumph, 1978 - BL Cars : 10th on 24 points.
 

 

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Saab Saab, 1978 - Saab : 11th on 18 points.
 

 

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Mitsubishi Mitsubishi, 1978 - Singh/Cowan : 13th on 16 points.
 

 

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Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo, 1978 - Alfa Romeo Jolly Club : 14th on 14 points.
 

 

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Mercedes Mercedes, 1978 - Daimler Benz AG : 15th on 12 points.
 

 

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Volvo Volvo, 1978 - Volvo : 16th on 10 points.
 

 

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