Following the hugely successful switch to a two-tiered structure for 2017 as part of a major push to provide a clear path of progression from national to international level, FIA ERC Junior, the established training ground for World Rally Championship drivers, will once again be split into two separate divisions based on driver age and experience.
FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship... ERC Junior U27 is for drivers under the age of 27 at the start of 2018 competing in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres. With the best four rounds from six counting, the winner will receive a career progression fund worth 100,000 euros to use in ERC Junior U28 in 2019.
FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship... ERC Junior U28 offers the next step on the rallying pyramid for drivers under the age of 28 ahead of 2018. Again totalling six rounds with the best four scores counting, drivers use R5 cars. The champion will receive a drive on a European round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship as a P1 driver in a 2016-specification World Rally Car, although the prize could be adapted at the winner’s request.
The ERC Junior schedule will once again consist of six events, three on asphalt and three on gravel to maximise driver learning and experience.
22-24 March: Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugal, gravel)
3-5 May: Rally Islas Canarias (Spain, asphalt)
20-22 July: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy, asphalt)
24-26 August: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czech Republic, asphalt)
21-23 September: Rally Poland (Poland, gravel)
12-14 October: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel)
ERC Junior Experience
One of the most comprehensive young driver training programmes in motorsport will shift up another gear in 2018. Drivers registering for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship will now be automatically enrolled into the ERC Junior Experience training programme rather than applying separately and paying an additional fee, which was the case previously. There will be four ERC Junior Experience training events held in conjunction with rounds of ERC Junior U27. However, there will now be two optional packages for drivers to select in addition to the core package included in the registration fee. The training packages available are as follows. Drivers not registered for ERC Junior U27 can also apply:
Yellow: Included in ERC Junior U27 registration fee and covering media relations, TV interviews and the production process, pacenote preparation, tyre management, first aid and championship organisation and administration.
Green (optional package): ERC Junior U27 drivers will receive training on social media dos and don’ts, car set-up and tyre changing. They will also take part in a test session on Tarmac with an expert coach providing driving tips.
Blue (optional package): ERC Junior U27 drivers will be enrolled into workshops covering sponsorship acquisition, physical training and vision training. They will also take part in a test session on gravel accompanied by an expert driving coach.
The ERC Junior Experience is open to drivers and co-drivers and more information, including details of fees, registration procedure and other benefits is available from Evelien Deschuytter by emailing Evelien@allinmotion.be or by calling +32 473990342.