The FIA launches tender for all-new Junior WRC class
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.