1990 Race of Champions

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1990 Race of Champions
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The 1990 Race of Champions took place on December 8-9 in the Spanish city of Barcelona. It was the third running of the event, and the first year that the International Masters contest was run, allowing up-and-coming rally drivers a chance to mix it with the champions in the main event. Stig Blomqvist retained his title won the previous year, defeating Tommi Makinen in the final.

Participants[edit]

Driver Reason for Qualification
Spain Carlos Sainz World Rally champion in 1990
Finland Timo Salonen World Rally champion in 1985
Sweden Stig Blomqvist World Rally champion in 1984
Finland Hannu Mikkola World Rally champion in 1983
Finland Ari Vatanen World Rally champion in 1981
Sweden Björn Waldegård World Rally champion in 1979
Finland Markku Alén FIA Cup for Drivers winner in 1978
Sweden Kenneth Eriksson Winner in the International Masters
France Alain Oreille Finalist in the International Masters
France François Chatriot Semi-finalists in the International Masters
Italy Dario Cerrato
Finland Tommi Makinen Replacement for the absent Walter Röhrl

International Masters[edit]

Preliminary stages

The 12 participants were split into three groups for the round robin first stage of the contest, with the best three from each progressing along with the driver with the fastest time among the losers. The drivers were split as follows:

Shinozuka, Llewellin, Bardolet and Bassas were then eliminated in the knockout second round.

Quarter-finals

Winner Loser
Italy Dario Cerrato France Alain Oreille
Sweden Kenneth Eriksson Finland Tommi Makinen
France François Chatriot Belgium Marc Duez
  • Oreille progressed with the best losing time.
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
 
France François Chatriot0
 
 
 
France Alain Oreille1
 
France Alain Oreille1
 
 
 
Sweden Kenneth Eriksson2
 
Sweden Kenneth Eriksson1
 
 
Italy Dario Cerrato0
 

Race of Champions[edit]

The main event followed the same format as the International Masters. The drivers were split into groups as follows:

  • Group A - Hannu Mikkola, Ari Vatanen, Kenneth Eriksson, François Chatriot (Vatanen eliminated)
  • Group B - Timo Salonen, Stig Blomqvist, Markku Alén, Dario Cerrato (Alén eliminated)
  • Group C - Carlos Sainz, Björn Waldegård, Alain Oreille, Tommi Makinen (Sainz progresses with best losing time)

Second round

Winner Loser
Finland Tommi Makinen France François Chatriot
Italy Dario Cerrato France Alain Oreille
Sweden Kenneth Eriksson Spain Carlos Sainz
Sweden Stig Blomqvist Sweden Björn Waldegård
Finland Timo Salonen Finland Hannu Mikkola
  • Sainz progressed with the best losing time.

Quarter-finals

Winner Loser
Italy Dario Cerrato Finland Tommi Makinen
Sweden Stig Blomqvist Sweden Kenneth Eriksson
Spain Carlos Sainz Finland Timo Salonen
  • Makinen progressed with the best losing time.
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
 
Sweden Stig Blomqvist2
 
 
 
Spain Carlos Sainz1
 
Sweden Stig Blomqvist2
 
 
 
Finland Tommi Makinen1
 
Finland Tommi Makinen2
 
 
Italy Dario Cerrato1
 

References[edit]

  • Information sourced from AUTOSPORT 13/12/90