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The restructured FIA ERC Junior category, which has helped to grow the careers of 67 drivers since it was introduced in 2014, gets underway on the Azores Airlines Rallye next week (30 March-1 April) with 19 drivers chasing success – and future career progression – in two different categories based on age and car performance.

Six months after Cyprus hosted the spectacular 2016 ERC finale, the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship gets underway on the Azores Airlines Rallye next week (30 March-1 April). Here’s everything you need to know.

The FIA European Rally Championship-bound ACCR Czech Team was unofficially unveiled to the Czech media during a press conference in the capital Prague yesterday.

The 2017 FIA European Rally Championship blasts off with the Azores Airlines Rallye from 30 March-1 April. And this is what’s new for the season ahead.

Aleks Zawada will contest the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship in 2017 as he bids for the career progression prize incentive of 100,000 Euros on offer to the eventual champion.

The 2017 FIA European Rally Championship will begin with a bang following publication of the official entry list for the Azores Airlines Rallye, the opening event of the ERC’s exciting new era, featuring new formats, new drivers and a renewed commitment to unearth world championship stars of the future.

FIA ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel was on impressive form when he took part on Rebenland Rallye in Austria last weekend.

The winner of the recently announced Spanish junior championship, Beca Junior R2, will be handed a prize drive in next season’s FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship as part of a major initiative from the country’s motorsport federation, RFEDA, and a new alliance with ERC promoter Eurosport Events.

FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship contender Josh Moffett will start the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye later this month full of confidence following his victory on the West Cork Rally in his native Ireland last weekend.

Esapekka Lappi’s three wins helped him to the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship in a ŠKODA Fabia S2000, co-driven by fellow Finn Janne Ferm, as ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica bagged his first international win.