The WRC hits 500

The WRC hits 500

Rally Finland was the 500th World Rally Championship points-scoring event. David Evans looks back at 40 years of stage action, incident and controversy

This really wasn't how it was supposed to be. Standing on the road into the Digne, officials from the newly former World Rally Championship watched as the police arrived to quell an angry mob. Of competitors.

Round one, 499 rounds ago, was the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally. And, midway through the Burzet stage a Ford Capri spun and wedged itself between the two snowbanks. Around 150 crews were following and had no chance of getting around the stricken car. So the Automobile Club de Monaco excluded them all.

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