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ERC JUNIOR

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 Date of birth: 20 July 1992 Nationality: Turkish Co-driver: Burak Erdener (TUR) Team: Castrol Ford Team Turkey Car: Ford Fiesta R2

Sébastien BEDORET* Date of birth: 26 September 1995 Nationality: Belgian Co-driver: Thomas Walbrecq (BEL) Team: Hainaut Motor Club Car: Peugeot 208 R2

Dominik BROŽ* Date of birth: 10 May 1996 Nationality: Czech Co-driver: Petr Těšínský (CZE) Team: ACCR Czech Team Car: Peugeot 208 R2

Marcos GONZÁLEZ Date of birth: 5 January 1993 Nationality: Spanish Co-driver: Raquel Ruiz Arias (ESP) Team: GC Motorsport Car: Peugeot 208 R2

Jari HUTTUNEN* Date of birth: 28 February 1994 Nationality: Finnish Co-driver: Antti Linnaketo (FIN) Team: ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team Car: Opel ADAM R2

Chris INGRAM Date of birth: 7 July 1994 Nationality: British Co-driver: Elliott Edmondson (GBR) Team: Opel Rallye Junior Team Car: Opel Adam R2

Kristóf KLAUSZ Date of birth: 1 June 1996 Nationality: Hungarian Co-driver: Botond Csányi (HUN) Team: Klaus Motorsport Car: Peugeot 208 R2

Karel KUPEC Date of birth: 10 August 1992 Nationality: Czech Co-driver: Ondřej Krajča (CZE) Team: Botka-Tlusťák Racing Car: Peugeot 208 R2

Radomír KUPEC Date of birth: 19 January 1994 Nationality: Czech Co-driver: Petr Glössl (CZE) Team: Botka-Tlusťák Racing Car: Opel ADAM R2

Filip MAREŠ* Date of birth: 22 August 1991 Nationality: Czech Co-driver: Jan Hloušek (CZE) Team: ACCR Czech Team Car: Peugeot 208 R2

Tamara MOLINARO Date of birth: 10 October 1997 Nationality: Italian Co-driver: Ursula Mayrhofer (AUT) Team: Opel Rallye Junior Team Car: Opel ADAM R2

Catie MUNNINGS Date of birth: 15 November 1997 Nationality: British Co-driver: Anne Katherina Stein (DEU) Team: Saintéloc Junior Team Car: Peugeot 208 R2

Julian WAGNER Date of birth: 6 February 1995 Nationality: Austrian Co-driver: Jürgen Heigl (AUT) Team: Julian Wagner Car: Peugeot 208 R2

Simon WAGNER Date of birth: 18 April 1993 Nationality: Austrian Co-driver: Gerald Winter (AUT) Team: Simon Wagner Car: Peugeot 208 R2

Aleks ZAWADA Date of birth: 31 March 1992 Nationality: Polish Co-driver: Grzegorz Dachowski (Polish) Team: MSZ Racing Car: Opel ADAM R2

THE CONTENDERS: FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER 27 CHAMPIONSHIP

Jan ČERNÝ* Date of birth: 6 June 1990 Nationality: Czech Co-driver: Petr Černohorský (CZE) Team: ACCR Czech Team Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

Stéphane CONSANI Date of birth: 20 March 1991 Nationality: French Co-driver: Valentin Salmon (FRA) Team: Stéphane CONSANI Car: Ford Fiesta R5

Marijan GRIEBEL* Date of birth: 18 May 1989 Nationality: German Co-driver: Stefan Kopczyk (DEU) Team: Baumschlager Rallye & Racing Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

Nikolay GRYAZIN Date of birth: 7 October 1997 Nationality: Russian Co-driver: Yaroslav Fedorov (RUS) Team: Sports Racing Technologies Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

Tomasz KASPERCZYK Date of birth: 25 September 1992 Nationality: Polish Co-driver: Damian Syty (POL) Team: Tiger Energy Drink Rally Team Car: Ford Fiesta R5

Pepe LÓPEZ Date of birth: 17 August 1995 Nationality: Spanish Co-driver: Borja Rozada (ESP) Team: Peugeot Rally Academy Car: Peugeot 208 T16

Sylvain MICHEL Date of birth: 27 October 1991 Nationality: French Co-driver: Jérôme Degout (FRA) Team: 2C Compétition Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

Josh MOFFETT* Date of birth: 3 June 1992 Nationality: Irish Co-driver: James Fulton (IRL) Team: Combilift Rallying Car: Ford Fiesta R5

Surhayen PERNÍA Date of birth: 18 May 1989 Nationality: Spanish Co-driver: Carlos Del Barrio (ESP) Team: RMC Motorsport Car: Hyundai i20 R5

Luís Miguel REGO Date of birth: 22 September 1990 Nationality: Portuguese Co-driver: Nuno Silva (PRT) Team: Luis Miguel Rego Car: Ford Fiesta R5

Ralfs SIRMACIS Date of birth: 29 May 1994 Nationality: Latvian Co-driver: Artūrs Šimins (LVA) Team: Sports Racing Technologies Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

José SUÁREZ Date of birth: 22 October 1990 Nationality: Spanish Co-driver: Cándido Carrera (ESP) Team: Peugeot Rally Academy Car: Peugeot 208 T16

*Directly supported by ASN

CALENDAR
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)

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