European championship to stick with R5 despite WRC rumours
The European Rally Championship will remain an R5-based series, despite the potential for current World Rally Cars needing a new home at the end of this season.
As the story, left, highlights, the introduction of new technical regulations in the WRC could leave the 2016 cars obsolete – and there has been speculation that the ERC could provide a home.
General co-ordinator of the ERC, Jean-baptiste Ley, has emphatically denied any potential for technical regulation change in the Eurosport-backed series next season.
Ley told MN: “The best car for us is R5. We took the decision to ban Regional Rally Cars last year because the cars were not cost-effective enough for the strategy we have in the ERC. We know how difficult it is for private drivers to find the budget for international series and that’s why we put on logistical support for the island rallies and 200,000 euro-worth (£157,000) of prize money in an effort to decrease the cost. This [series] does not allow the most expensive cars to compete in the ERC. Our strategy is to concentrate on the R5 market.”
ERC R5s: Here to stay