New ERC Junior class to offer WRC prize run
The winner of an all-new ERC Junior category next year will be awarded a one-off World Rally Car drive in the 2018 WRC.
The ERC Junior U28 category is open to all R5 drivers aged 28 and under. The winner will be the crew with the best score from four of their compulsory six starting rounds.
This class sits above the ERC Junior U27 series, which also includes the best four scores from six starts in an R2 car. The winner of this title collects £85,000 towards an ERC Junior U28 campaign the following season.
ERC co-ordinator Jean-baptiste Ley said: “It’s clear there is a growing number of ERC Junior graduates and other young drivers looking to take the next step in rallying, but without the financial means to run a full international campaign in an R5 car or lacking the experience required to achieve consistent success. ERC Junior U28 will bridge this gap by providing a step up in performance for ERC Junior U27 graduates, albeit in a managed environment. And, by providing a World Rally Championship prize drive to the ERC Junior U28 champion, we’re recognising the ambition of young drivers to reach the sport’s top level.”