Past Results

1999 Canary Islands

RESULTS

ROC Winner     Didier Auriol
ROC Finalist     Tommi Mäkinen
ROC Semi-Finalists     Sainz And Schwarz
ROC Nations Cup Winners     Finland (T Mäkinen/JJ Lehto/K Tiainen)
ROC Nations Cup Finalists     Spain (C Sainz/M Gené/P Riba)
Legends Winner     Stig Blomqvist

OVERVIEW

This year saw the creation of the ROC Nations Cup, which opened up The Race Of Champions to drivers from all of motor sport’s biggest series and totally transformed the event. 

1999 also featured one of the closest ever finals in the history of the Michelin Race of Champions after a duel between the reigning and former World Rally Champions, Tommi Mäkinen (Finland) and Didier Auriol (France). 

Mäkinen was on a high having already helped Finland to win the first everNations Cup in the morning. But it was the expertise of Auriol over the parallel track that ultimately prevailed, seeing him home by two heats to one. All three heats were decided by the smallest of margins. It was Auriol’s fourth victory in the event, having also won in 1993, 1994 and 1996. 

Both had been made to struggle in the semi-finals, with Auriol having to defeat International Rally Masters winner, Armin Schwarz and Mäkinen being faced with the considerable obstacle of local favourite, Carlos Sainz. 

In The Race of Champions’ first ever ROC Nations Cup the competition had been equally fierce. Both semi-finals and the final were decided on a best-of-nine-heats basis, and two of the three matches went the whole way. Spain (Carlos Sainz, Marc Gené, Pere Riba) were involved in both of the knife-edge duels, firstly getting past France, led by Didier Auriol, to reach the final but then losing 5-4 to Finland (Tommi Mäkinen, JJ Lehto, Kari Tiainen) in the final. The Finns had easily defeated the All-Stars (Alister McRae, Harry Toivonen, Joel Smets) 5-0 in the other semi-final. 

The Legends competition was won by former Race of Champions winner (1989 and 1990), Stig Blomqvist.

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