*ERC1 Junior and ERC3 Junior provide structured platform for young stars
*R4 and RGT category cars now eligible for revitalised ERC2 division
*FIA World Motor Sport Council ratifies eight-event calendar
The FIA World Motor Sport Council met in St Petersburg, Russia, today (5 December). During the meeting, a number of proposals presented by the FIA Rally Commission, some of which related to the FIA European Rally Championship, were approved. A summary of those appears below.
New names for ERC Junior categories
The FIA ERC Junior Under 28 and FIA ERC Junior Under 27 championships will be renamed for 2019, bringing them inline with other FIA regional championships. ERC Junior U28, for young stars in R5 cars, becomes the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship, while the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior 27, for rising talents in R2 machinery, will be titled the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship from 2019.
ERC2 goes from strength to strength
On the back of its most successful season yet in terms of competitor numbers, ERC2 is set for another strong year in 2019 with cars conforming to the R4-K and RGT technical regulations permitted to take part alongside traditional N4 machinery, such as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and Subaru Impreza STI.
Planned 2019 calendar gets seal of approval
The calendar for the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship season has been approved as follows:
Round 1: Azores Airlines Rallye, 21-23 March (ERC Junior), gravel (subject to promoter agreement)
Round 2: Rally Islas Canarias, 2-4 May (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 24-26 May (ERC Junior), gravel
Round 4: Rally Poland, 28-30 June (ERC Junior), gravel
Round 5: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 19-21 July (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 16-18 August (ERC Junior), asphalt
Round 7: Cyprus Rally, 27-29 September, gravel
Round 8: Rally Hungary (Hungary), 8-10 November, asphalt*
*Rally Hungary’s inclusion on the calendar had been subject to the outcome of an FIA inspection, which the event duly passed.
ERC1 drivers, ERC3 drivers, ERC Teams and ERC Nations will count their best six scores, ERC2 drivers will count their best four scores, ERC1 Junior and ERC3 Junior drivers will count their best four scores from a possible six, ERC Ladies will count their best four scores.
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