ERC Junior graduates are Swede speeders
Several FIA ERC Junior graduates were on top form when the world championship visited Sweden last weekend.
Jari Huttunen, ERC3 Junior runner-up in 2017, won the World Rally Championship 3 category in P10 overall. Filip Mareš, the defending ERC1 Junior champion, made his world level debut and finished a fine sixth in class on his first winter event.
Meanwhile, Nikolay Gryazin, the reigning ERC1 Junior champion, was sixth in class as Tom Kristensson (pictured) led home Mārtiņš Sesks and Ken Torn in the Junior world championship to ensure an ERC3 Junior graduate top three.
Established in 2014 as a joint initiative from ERC promoter Eurosport Events and the FIA, motorsport’s world governing body, ERC Junior provides a highly competitive platform for drivers stepping up from national level aiming for the sport’s highest echelon. Since 2017, ERC Junior has been split into two divisions based on driver age and car performance.
ERC1 Junior is for drivers born on or after 1 January 1992 using Rally2 cars. ERC3 Junior is for drivers born on or after 1 January 1993 competing in Rally4 and Rally5 cars on Pirelli tyres.
The 2020 ERC1 and ERC3 Junior calendars are as follows:
Round 1: Azores Rallye (gravel), 26-28 March
Round 2: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 7-9 May
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), 29-31 May
Round 4: 77th Rally Poland (gravel), 26-28 June
Round 5: Rally di Roma Capitale (asphalt), 24-26 July
Round 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt), 28-30 August