1973 Rally of Morocco

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1973 Rally of Morocco
16th Rally of Morocco
Round 5 of the 1973 World Rally Championship season
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Host country  Morocco
Dates run 8 May 1973 – 13 May 1973
Start location Rabat, Morocco
Finish location Casablanca, Morocco
Stages 27 (1,210 km; 750 miles)
Stage surface Asphalt and gravel
Overall distance 5,300 km (3,300 miles)
Results
Overall winner France Bernard Darniche
France Alain Mahé
France Alpine Renault
Crews 66 at start, 13 at finish

The 1973 Rally of Morocco (formally the 16th Rally of Morocco) was the fifth round of the inaugural World Rally Championship season. Run in mid-May between Morocco's two major cities, Rabat and Casablanca, the Rallye du Maroc was a very long stage rally covering more than 1200 km on both hard and soft surface roads.

Report[edit]

In 1973, and for several years afterward, only manufacturers were given points for finishes in WRC events. Morocco represented a third win for the strong Alpine Renault A110 1800, though the Citroën DS 23 also made a strong showing.

Results[edit]

1973 Rally of Morocco results
Finish Total
time
Group Car # Driver
Co-driver
Car Mfr.
points
Overall In
group
1 1 15 h : 1 m : 22 s 4 1 France Bernard Darniche
France Alain Mahé
France Alpine-Renault A110 1800 20
2 1 15 h : 20 m : 4 s 2 9 France Bob Neyret
France Jacques Terramorsi
France Citroën DS 23 15
3 1 15 h : 34 m : 37 s 1 21 Austria Richard Bochnicek
Austria Sepp-Dieter Kernmayer
France Citroën DS 23
4 2 15 h : 39 m : 56 s 1 15 France Raymond Ponnelle
France Pierre de Serpos
France Citroën DS 23
5 2 15 h : 52 m : 0 s 4 4 France Jean-Pierre Nicolas
France Michel Vial
France Alpine-Renault A110 1800
6 3 15 h : 59 m : 43 s 4 6 Sweden Björn Waldegård
Sweden Fergus Sager
Italy Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye 6
7 4 16 h : 18 m : 16 s 4 3 France Jean-Luc Thérier
Belgium Christian Delferrier
France Alpine-Renault A110 1800
8 2 16 h : 48 m : 26 s 2 7 Morocco Jean Deschazeaux
Morocco Jean Plassard
France Citroën DS 23
9 3 17 h : 53 m : 47 s 2 35 Italy Lorenzo Merlone
Italy Riccardo Mortara
Sweden Volvo 142 S 2
10 3 18 h : 3 m : 33 s 1 25 France Claudine Trautmann
France Marie-Pierre Palayer
France Peugeot 504 1
11 4 20 h : 18 m : 38 s 1 42 France Marc Gerenthon
France Hélène Gerenthon
Japan Datsun 1600 SSS
12 4 22 h : 47 m : 41 s 2 30 France Pierre Pagani
France Jean-Claude Refuveille
Germany Volkswagen K 70
Finished over the limit 2 46 United Kingdom Paul Hadley
United Kingdom Dave Robson
Germany Opel Ascona SR
Retired (mechanical) 4 2 Finland Rauno Aaltonen
United Kingdom John Davenport
Italy Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye
Retired (accident) 4 5 Kenya Shekhar Mehta
United Kingdom Geraint Phillips
Japan Datsun 240Z
Retired (mechanical) 2 8 France Bernard Consten
France Gérard Flocon
France Peugeot 504
Retired (mechanical) 2 10 Finland Hannu Mikkola
Finland Atso Aho
France Peugeot 504
Retired (mechanical) 2 11 United Kingdom Tony Fall
United Kingdom Mike Wood
France Peugeot 504
Retired (mechanical) 2 12 France Jean-François Piot
France Jean De Alexandris
France Renault 12 Gordini
Retired (mechanical) 2 13 Finland Timo Mäkinen
United Kingdom Henry Liddon
France Peugeot 504
Retired (mechanical) 4 16 France Marianne Hoepfner
France Yveline Vanoni
France Alpine Renault A110 1800
Retired (mechanical) 2 17 Portugal Francisco Romãozinho
Portugal José Bernardo
France Citroën GS
Retired (mechanical) 2 18 France Claude Laurent
France Jacques Marché
France Citroën GS
Retired (mechanical) 2 19 France Jean Guichet
France Jean Todt
France Peugeot 504

Source: Independent WRC archive[1]

Championship standings after the event[edit]

1973 World Rally Championship for Manufacturers points standings after round 5
After round 5 Team Season end
Position Points Position Points
1 72 France Alpine Renault 1 147
2 28 Italy Fiat 2 84
3 27 France Citroën 7 33
4 22 Japan Datsun 6 34
5 20 Sweden Saab 5 42
6 13 Italy Lancia 13 17
7 13 France Peugeot 16 13
8 12 United States Ford 3 76
9 8 Germany Porsche 9 27
10 6 Germany Volkswagen 15 15
11 5 Germany Opel 11 25
12 4 Germany BMW 8 28
4 Japan Mitsubishi 17 4
4 Sweden Volvo 4 44
15 3 Czechoslovakia Škoda 18 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morocco Rally". juwra.com. Independent WRC archive. Retrieved 2017-03-16. 

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