WELCOME TO THE 2021 ERC
Welcome to the 2021 FIA European Rally Championship, the ultimate training ground for young hopefuls aiming for the top. Providing a clear path of progression from national level to the world stage, the oldest international rally series in existence is also open to all-comers, meaning age is no barrier to competing.
DOWNLOAD THE 2021 PRESENTATION HERE: ERC 2021 Presentation 240221
THE ERC IN SHORT
*International rallying at an accessible price spread over seven months
*Opportunity to win rallies outright and benefit from resulting publicity
*Platform of progression: from national level to the WRC via the ERC
*Possibility to climb the FIA Rally Pyramid from Rally5 to Rally2 level
*Proven track record of developing future WRC factory stars
*Chance for drivers to build experience on gravel and Tarmac
*Rallies between 180-210 kilometres in length, some night stages
*Entry fees capped for ERC Junior and ERC3 Junior competitors
*Incredible career-progression prizes in ERC Junior and ERC3 Junior
*ERC Junior and ERC3 Junior for multi brands but Pirelli tyres only can be fitted
*Cars run by independent teams and privateers
*Expert organisation and promotion (including TV) from Eurosport Events
*Administration and management by the FIA Rally Department
*Testing organised ahead of each round
*Abarth Rally Cup and Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT provide alternative routes into international rallying
*ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory rewards drivers born on or after 01/01/93 in Rally2 cars on MICHELIN tyres
*P1 Racing Fuels is the Official Fuel Partner but its use is not mandatory
SPORTING REGULATIONS TO DOWNLOAD:
2021 FIA Regional Rally Sporting Regulations (21-01-2021)
UPDATED 2021 CALENDAR: EIGHT OF THE BEST FOR 2021 ERC
The updated 2021 FIA European Rally Championship calendar is as follows:
Round 1: 55th Azores Rallye (Gravel), May 6-8, 2021 C, M
Round 2: 77th Rally Poland (Gravel), June 18-20, 2021 J, A, C, M
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), July 1-3, 2021 J, A, M
Round 4: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy, asphalt), July 23-25, 2021 J, A, C, M
Round 5: 50th Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Asphalt), August 27-29, 2021 J, A, C, M
Round 6: Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras (Portugal, gravel), September 24-26, 2021 M
Round 7: Rally Hungary (Asphalt), October 22-24, 2021 J, A, C
Round 8: Rally Islas Canarias (Asphalt), November 18-20, 2021 J, A
J = ERC Junior/ERC3 Junior round; A = Abarth Rally Cup round; C = Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT round; M = Event where ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory incentives are available
CATEGORIES: ERC PROVIDES PROGRESSION FROM RALLY5 TO RALLY2
The structure of the FIA European Rally Championship allows drivers to progress from Rally5 to Rally2, with the all-new Rally3 category included as the next step up from Rally4.
All drivers holding ERC priority status can score overall championship points in 2021, regardless of the type of FIA rally car they are competing in (Rally2, the new-for-2021 Rally3, Rally4, Rally5, Group N, Rally2 Kit and RGT).
While ERC2 car eligibility remains unchanged for 2021 with drivers in Group N, RGT and Rally2 Kit machinery permitted to score points, it is planned that from 2022, ERC2 will be for Rally3 cars only subject to WMSC approval. However, Group N, RGT and Rally2 Kit will still be eligible for overall ERC points from 2022.
ERC3, the established 2WD category, will continue to be open to Rally4 and Rally5 cars and provide the first point of access to international competition for drivers stepping up from national level.
ERC CATEGORY LINKS:
ERC Junior/ERC3 Junior: https://www.fiaerc.com/erc-junior-2021/
Abarth Rally Cup: https://www.fiaerc.com/abarth-rally-cup-2021/
Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT: https://cliotrophy.toksport.com
ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory: https://www.fiaerc.com/erc-michelin-talent-factory/
COST-REDUCTION: EVENT DISTANCES AND TYRE ALLOCATION LIMITS FOR ERC 2021
Measures to reduce the cost of competing in the FIA European Rally Championship are continuing to be implemented. The WMSC has approved proposals from the FIA Rally Commission for total stage distances to be between 180 and 210 kilometres. Meanwhile, drivers in Rally2 cars will be permitted to use a maximum of 16 tyres on asphalt and gravel events, with Rally3 drivers allowed to use a maximum of 16 tyres on asphalt and 12 on gravel rallies. For drivers in Rally4 and Rally5 cars, no more than 12 tyres can be used on asphalt or gravel.
On all rounds of the ERC, points will be allocated to the top 15 classified finishers as follows:
Bonus points, which are rewarded in part to encourage drivers who fail to finish a leg to restart on the subsequent leg, will be allocated to the top five finishers at the end of each leg as follows:
First: 5 points
Second: 4 points
Third: 3 points
Fourth: 2 points
Fifth: 1 point
Drivers will count their best seven scores from a possible eight (best five from six in ERC Junior and ERC3 Junior). FIA ERC titles will be awarded providing a minimum of four events take place in 2021.
FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TEAMS
Registered teams can nominate a maximum of three cars from ERC-registered drivers, in either four- or two-wheel drive configuration or a combination of both, to score points on each event. The results of the two highest-placed cars from a team count, with teams tallying their best seven scores from a possible eight. And with points distributed according to the ERC1/ERC2 and ERC3 classifications of the rally, a team could score a maximum of 50 points per event with 25 on offer in 4WD and 25 also up for grabs in 2WD. There’s a prestigious FIA title up for grabs for the winning team.