The FIA launches ten­der for all-new Ju­nior WRC class

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The FIA has launched its ten­der for an all-new Ju­nior World Rally Cham­pi­onship start­ing next sea­son.

The new series will be launched at the Rally of Por­tu­gal in May, 2017 and, ac­cord­ing to FIA rally di­rec­tor Jarmo Ma­ho­nen, will run for three years and will pro­vide the clear­est pos­si­ble route from do­mes­tic to re­gional and then to world-level ral­ly­ing.

Ma­ho­nen told MN: “The most dif­fi­cult thing is to build the lad­der from the grass roots to the top. This has been in place in rac­ing for a long time and it’s more straight­for­ward there, but not so much in ral­ly­ing.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing sport­ing and com­mer­cial ways with the na­tional gov­ern­ing bod­ies to make the lad­der more clear with use of things like Ral­lye Je­unes in France.

“For the Ju­nior WRC, we need to get the price right, but ev­ery­thing is com­pletely open for the man­u­fac­tur­ers to look at. Ide­ally, we would like driv­ers to come from na­tional series to the ERC, where they would run two-wheel-drive cars and into Ju­nior WRC, where they could run four-wheel-drive cars. Un­for­tu­nately, I think R5 cars are too ex­pen­sive for this level.”

Once the ten­der process is com­plete, Ju­nior WRC reg­u­la­tions will be set for three years.

Ju­nior WRC runs R3T ma­chines

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