ERC Junior explained
Since its introduction in 2014, FIA ERC Junior has helped to grow the careers of 67 drivers. And now it's gettng restructured for 2017 to provide the ultimate career progression opportunity for drivers aiming to reach the very top of the sport. Rather than one championshp, there are now two separate championships based on age and car performance.
ERC Junior U27, which totals six events, is for drivers born on or after 1 January 1990 competing in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres. With the best four rounds counting, the winner will receive a career progression fund worth 100,000 euros to use in ERC Junior U28 in 2018.
ERC Junior U28 offers the next step on the rallying pyramid for drivers born on or after 1 January 1989. Again totalling six rounds with the best four scores counting, drivers use R5 cars with no restriction on tyre choice. The champion will get a drive on a European round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship as a P1 driver in a 2016-specification World Rally Car. The incredible opportunity provides a platform to showcase their talent in a global arena, while gaining a vital understanding of rallying’s top tier.
The contenders: FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship
Buǧra Banaz (TUR) Age: 24 Co-driver: Burak Erdener (TUR) Car: Ford Fiesta R2
*Dominik Brož (CZE) Age: 20 Co-driver: Petr Těšínský (CZE) Car: Peugeot 208 R2
Marcos González Espino (ESP) Age: 23 Co-driver: Rogelio Lopez (ESP) Car: Peugeot 208 R2
**Jari Huttunen (FIN) Age: 23 Co-driver: Akki Linnaketo (FIN) Car: Opel ADAM R2
Chris Ingram (GBR) Age: 22 Co-driver: Elliot Edmondson (GBR) Car: Opel ADAM R2
Karel Kupec (CZE) Age: 24 Co-driver: Ondřej Krajča (CZE) Car: Peugeot 208 R2
*Filip Mareš (CZE) Age: 25 Co-driver: Jan Hloušek (CZE) Car: Peugeot 208 R2
Tamara Molinaro (ITA) Age: 19 Co-driver: Ursula Mayrhofer (AUT) Car: Opel ADAM R2
Catie Munnings (GBR) Age: 19 Co-driver: Anne Katharina Stein (DEU) Car: Peugeot 208 R2
Aleks Zawada (POL) Age: 24 Co-driver: Grzegorz Dachowski (POL) Car: Peugeot 208 R2
The contenders: FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship
*Jan Černý (CZE) Age: 26 Co-driver: Petr Černohorský (CZE) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5
Marijan Griebel (DEU) Age: 27 Co-driver: Stefan Kopcyzk (DEU) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5
Nikolay Gryazin (LVA) Age: 19 Co-driver: Yaroslav Federov (RUS) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5
Tomasz Kasperczyk (POL) Age: 24 Co-driver: Damian Syty (POL) Car: Ford Fiesta R5
Pepe López (ESP) Age: 21 Co-driver: Borja Rozada (ESP) Car: Peugeot 208 T16
Josh Moffett (IRL) Age: 24 Co-driver: James Fulton (IRL) Car: Ford Fiesta R5
Luís Miguel Rego (PRT) Age: 26 Co-driver: TBA Car: Ford Fiesta R5
José Suárez (ESP) Age: 26 Co-driver: Candido Carrera (ESP) Car: Peugeot 208 T16
Ralfs Sirmacis (LVA) Age: 22 Co-driver: Arturs Šimins (LVA) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5
30 March-1 April: Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugal, gravel)
4-6 May: Rally Islas Canarias (Spain, asphalt)
3-5 August: Rally Rzeszow (Poland, asphalt)
25-27 August: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czech Republic, asphalt)
15-17 September: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy, asphalt)
6-8 October: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel)
*Supported by ACCR (Czech Republic) **Supported by ADAC (Germany) as prize for winning the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup. EASU from Estonia and REFDA from Spain also have partnerships with the ERC
ERC Junior Experience
And there's more. Young prospects can start out by enrolling into the ERC Junior Experience to learn vital skills and gain crucial knowledge alongside their national programmes, before entering the ERC Junior U27 Championship as their first major international campaign.
The ERC Junior Experience, which enters its second season in 2017, was devised by ERC promoter Eurosport Events and is managed by All In Motion’s Evelien Deschuytter, an expert in equipping people with the attributes they need to succeed in their chosen field. Four training events are held in conjunction with rounds of the ERC. The curriculum covers pacenote preparation, diet, physical training, social media dos and don’ts, car set-up, first aid response, tyre changing, sponsorship acquisition and driving technique on asphalt and gravel. Participants also undertake the reconnaissance for the ERC rallies in Gran Canaria, Czech Republic, Italy and Latvia with no entry fee charged and get free registration for the 2018 ERC Junior U27 Championship. 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.
Provisional ERC Junior Experience 2017 schedule
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, 1-3 May
Zlín, Czech Republic, 22-24 August
Rome, Italy, 12-14 September
Liepāja, Latvia, 3-5 October