Euro­pean cham­pi­onship to stick with R5 de­spite WRC ru­mours

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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

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