New ERC Ju­nior class to of­fer WRC prize run

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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.”

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