1984 WRC Season Commentary

1984 WRC Summary by Chris Biewer :

The 1984 event calendar stays exactly the same as the previous year. Sweden and Bandama count to the driver WRChampionship only and only best 7 scores count.

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This time the driver WRChampion even stays in the same team, there had to be a first! Eventually the Audi Quattro manages to pull away from its non-4x4 opposition, but its days already seem counted. The 1981 World Championship winning team Peugeot Talbot Sport is back. Their car combines all concepts we have seen so far: 4x4, turbo, mid engine, composite materials ....

Already the debut of the Peugeot 205 T16 was a big shock for the opposition: Ari Vatanen was never an asphalt specialist and never before started on specialised Corsica, yet on the debut he led from start to crash.

The new Peugeot is so dominant, only starting in 5 events, it wins 3 of these and finishes 3rd in the manufacturer WRC!

So in slightly more detail, the Audi Quattro is a mythos, a legend for all the right reasons, but at least in championship titles the car is by far not as successful as its legendary status implements. In 1982 Audi takes the makes, but only on the last round, while Mikkola has a rotten season and an untimely family drama takes the driver's title away from Mouton. In 1983 Mikkola wins the drivers title alright, but see the 1983 season round up how the Lancia concept could annoy Audi and unexpectedly Audi lost the makes by 2points. Now see Peugeot's strong start in 1984, only 5 starts gives Peugeot 3 wins and 3rd place in the makes! In 1984 Audi took both titles (Blomqvist the driver's) but it was the only year they would do so, the last titles for Audi full stop! And by the end of Audi's double title success year the big talking point already was Peugeot, and not Audi.
 

1984 WRC Factory Team and Driver Line Ups :
 

Audi Audi, 1984 - HB Audi Team : 1st on 120 points.
 

 

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Lancia Lancia, 1984 - Martini Racing Lancia Abarth : 2nd on 108 points.
 

 

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Peugeot Peugeot, 1984 - Peugeot Talbot Sport : 3rd on 76 points.
 

 

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Toyota Toyota, 1984 - TTE : 4th on 62 points.
 

 

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Renault Renault, 1984 - Régie Renault : 5th on 55 points.
 

 

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Opel Opel, 1984 - Opel Euro Händler : 6th on 50 points.
 

 

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Nissan Nissan, 1984 - Nismo : 7th on 46 points.
 

 

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Volkswagen Volkswagen, 1984 - Volkswagen Motorsport : 8th on 34 points.
 

 

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Subaru Subaru, 1984 - STI Nurijuki Koseki : 9th on 11 points.
 

 

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Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo, 1984 - Gema : 10th on 9 points.
 

 

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Ford Ford, 1984 - Ford : 11th on 6 points.
 

 

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Citroën Citroën, 1984 - Citroën Sport : 12th on 4 points.
 

 

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Mazda Mazda, 1984 - MRT Mazda Rally Team Europe : 13th on 2 points.
 

 

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