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Junior World Rally Championship

The FIA Junior World Rally Championship (also known as the Junior WRC) is a complementary series to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and is specifically aimed at offering young drivers a chance to gain experience and notoriety at an affordable cost. The category has been a stepping stone in the career of many current WRC drivers including Sébastien Loeb, Dani Sordo, Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Thierry Neuville.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Rules 2
  • Champions 3
  • Wins 4
  • Gallery 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

The championship was first held in 2001 as the FIA Super 1600 Drivers' Championship, and included six events in Europe. Sébastien Loeb became the series' first champion, driving a Super 1600-class Citroën Saxo. The series became the Junior World Rally Championship the following year.

In 2007, the championship did not include events outside Europe, and was known as the FIA Junior Rally Championship (JRC) for one season only. In 2011, the FIA replaced the Junior WRC with WRC Academy, a single specification championship running Ford Fiesta R2 vehicles. In September 2012 [1] it was announced by the FIA that the WRC Academy would be renamed the FIA Junior WRC Championship.

Rules

The Junior WRC is open to drivers under the age of twenty-six have not competed as a Priority 1 (P1) driver in an FIA World Rally Championship event. In 2014, competitors drive in identical Citroën DS3 R3Ts using Michelin tyres.

The point-scoring system is the same as in the WRC, WRC-2 and WRC-3 championships, with points allocated to the top ten classified finshers as follows:

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1

Unlike the other categories however, Junior WRC competitors score championship bonus points for each stage win during the season.

Champions

P-G Andersson and Suzuki celebrating JWRC class victory at the 2004 Rally Finland.
Year Series name Driver Car
2015 Junior World Rally Championship Quentin Gilbert Citroën DS3 R3T
2014 Stéphane Lefebvre Citroën DS3 R3T
2013 Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta R2
2012 WRC Academy Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta R2
2011 Craig Breen Ford Fiesta R2
2010 Junior World Rally Championship Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600
2009 Martin Prokop Citroën C2 S1600
2008 Sébastien Ogier Citroën C2 S1600
2007 FIA Junior Rally Championship Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Swift S1600
2006 Junior World Rally Championship Patrik Sandell Renault Clio S1600
2005 Dani Sordo Citroën C2 S1600
2004 Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Ignis S1600
2003 Brice Tirabassi Renault Clio S1600
2002 Daniel Solà Citroën Saxo VTS S1600
2001 FIA Cup for Super 1600 Drivers Sébastien Loeb Citroën Saxo VTS S1600

The 2011 and 2012 championships were run as the FIA WRC Academy.

The 2007 championship was run as the FIA Junior Rally Championship.

The 2001 championship was run as the FIA Cup for Super 1600 Drivers.

Wins

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "Exciting changes for 2013 WRC". WRC.com. WRC Official Website. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 

External links

  • Junior WRC at WRC.com
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