ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory 2022

Young stars in Rally2 cars are being invited to enter the ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory following confirmation that the incentive scheme will continue in 2022. 

Launched for the 2021 season, the ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory recognises the achievements of drivers in Rally2 cars under the age of 28 on 01 January 2022, competing in the FIA European Rally Championship on MICHELIN tyres. 

A number of incentives are also up for grabs with the top three ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory members in the overall ERC standings after six rounds receiving an allocation of tyres for the deciding two rounds of the 2022 season.

The best-placed ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory member after six rounds receives 32 tyres for use on the final two events of the year. The second-best driver gets 16 tyres with the next ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory member in the standings receiving eight tyres.

ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory members will also benefit from dedicated television and social media coverage, while a special podium ceremony at the end of the sixth round of the season will be held.

All three drivers, their co-drivers, plus a member from each driver’s team, will be invited to the MICHELIN headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France, for an exclusive VIP visit and the opportunity to meet key personnel from the company’s motorsport division. Travel and accommodation will be included as part of the prize.

Rising star Miko Marczyk from Poland overcame stiff competition from Erik Cais, Efrén Llarena and Simone Tempestini to win the ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory top prize in 2021 driving an ORLEN Team-entered Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo.

Following his success in Fafe last October, Marczyk, now 26, said: “The ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory was like a junior category for me and it was tough fighting with Efrén Llarena, Erik Cais, Simone Tempestini and other very fast young drivers. For sure it was a challenge but to win was a signal that our development is progressing in the right way. It also makes me happy to be with MICHELIN, my partner since 2019 when I won the Polish championship that always provides the perfect tyres.”

Entry to the ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory is free and can be carried out through an online form available here.

 

ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory incentives are available on the following events:

Event Date
Rally Serras de Fafe - Felgueiras - Cabreira e Boticas (Portugal) 11-13 March
Azores Rallye (Portugal) 25-27 March
Rally Islas Canarias (Spain) 12-14 May
Rally Poland 10-12 June
Rally Liepāja (Latvia) 1-3 July
Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy) 22-24 July