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ERC Nations’ Cup
The ERC Nations’ Cup is for teams supported by a national motorsport federation (ASN) or automobile association. The results of the two highest-placed cars from a team count, with teams tallying their best six scores from a possible eight. A maximum of three cars, in either four- or two-wheel-drive configuration or a combination of both, can chase points on each event, although it’s the results from the two highest-placed drivers that will count. With points distributed according to the four- and two-wheel-drive classifications, a federation or association can score a maximum of 50 points (25 points for 4WD, 25 points for 2WD) per event. Currently, the eligible teams are: ACCR Czech Team, ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team and Rally Team Spain.

ERC Ladies’ Trophy
ERC promoter Eurosport Events is committed to encouraging the participation of women in motorsport and has revamped the ERC Ladies’ Trophy accordingly. Rather than recognise the achievements of women when competing against other women drivers, to promote gender equality, drivers will score points based on where they appear in the final four- or two-wheel-drive order using a new scoring system. All rounds of the ERC are included in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy with all classes (ERC1, ERC2 and ERC3) eligible. Drivers count their best four scores. The scoring system is as follows: 1 = 100; 2 = 90; 3 = 80; 4 = 75; 5 = 70; 6 = 65; 7 = 60; 8 = 55; 9 = 50; 10 = 45; 11 = 43; 12 = 41; 13 = 39; 14 = 37; 15 = 35; 16 = 33; 17 = 31; 18 = 29; 19 = 27; 20 = 25; 21 = 23; 22 = 21; 23 = 19; 24 = 17; 25 = 15; 26 = 13; 27 = 11; 28 = 9; 29 = 7; 30 = 5;   all remaining positions = 1 point.

ERC Junior Experience
One of the most comprehensive young driver training programmes in motorsport will shift up another gear during the 2018 season. 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. Details of the training packages are available at this link. Drivers not registered for ERC Junior U27 can also apply.

Four means more in ERC2
Responding to calls from drivers and teams, FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events worked with governing body the FIA over the winter to modify the regulations concerning scoring opportunities in the ERC2 category for showroom-based machinery. Previously drivers could count their best six scores from a possible eight. But feedback from competitors concluded that by allowing drivers to include their best four scores only would lessen costs, reduce the time commitment and ultimately make ERC2 more accessible to more drivers. The rule change is already popular with two drivers more signed up for the full season than previously.

Sign up to score
Only drivers registered for ERC1, ERC2 and ERC3 can score points.

Rally Poland returns
One of the world’s oldest rallies is back on the ERC calendar in 2018 after a five-year break with Rally Poland replacing Rally Rzeszow as the country’s round of the European championship for its 75th edition. First run in 1921, Rally Poland’s home since 2005 has been Mikołajki in the picturesque Mazurian lake district, a three-hour drive north from the capital Warsaw, where high-speed all-gravel stages are commonplace. And it was in Mikołajki where Kajetan Kajetanowicz first emerged as a major force in the ERC, taking the win in 2013 prior to beginning his record-breaking title treble sequence in 2015.

New Series Partner
Eurosport Events, promoter of the FIA European Rally Championship, is very pleased to announce an exciting partnership with OSCARO, the world's leading online retailer of original automotive spare parts. Under the terms of the two-year agreement, signed ahead of the upcoming 2018 ERC season, OSCARO, in addition to Pirelli, will become an Official Series Partner of the ERC, which takes place over eight events across Europe from March to October. Confirmation of the alliance follows the announcement of OSCARO becoming the Series Presenting Partner of the Eurosport Events-promoted WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. OSCARO is also supporting ERC Junior Under 28 Championship driver Pierre-Louis Loubet through its Team OSCARO initiative, which, like the ERC, is focused on promoting the next generation of champions. At all ERC events, fans visiting the service park will be able to discover OSCARO at a dedicated display area where company personnel will be on hand to answer questions and explain more about OSCARO’s services and philosophy.