The ERC and how it works
Welcome to the 2022 FIA European Rally Championship and to the start of an exciting new era.
For the first time, every stage from all eight rounds – including the new-for-2022 Power Stage – will be streamed live and on demand for fans to watch whenever, wherever and however they want through WRC Promoter’s WRC+ streaming platform at http://wrcplus.com/.
The ERC is made up of three main categories, ERC (for Rally2 cars), ERC3 (for Rally3 cars) and ERC4 (for Rally4 and Rally5 cars). There’s also Junior ERC for drivers 27 and under on 1 January 2022 in Rally4 or Rally5 cars using Pirelli tyres.
ERC Open, which is new for 2022 but doesn’t carry an FIA title, is for Rally2 Kit, RGT and Group N4 cars. The Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT is an arrive-and-drive series held over five ERC rounds for the Renault Clio Rally5. The ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory is an incentive scheme covering the first six rounds for drivers under 28 competing in Rally2 cars on MICHELIN tyres.
Events are held over four days. The first one and a half days are taken up with reconnaissance. The focus then swiftly turns to Free Practice and the Qualifying Stage for Rally2 drivers. They get two runs in Free Practice and a single run over the Qualifying Stage, the results of which are used to help set the starting order for leg one. All other drivers complete their rally preparations in shakedown, which starts once the Qualifying Stage has finished. The end of day two is usually filled with a ceremonial start or superspecial stage ahead of two full days of rally action. From 2022, all ERC events will be decided on the event-closing Power Stage.
Points are awarded to the top 15 finishers in each category on the following descending scale:
In ERC, ERC3 and ERC4 drivers count their best seven scores from a possible eight. In Junior ERC it’s five rounds from six. The fastest five drivers on the Power Stage score points on a descending scale as follows:
To score points in the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, competitors must register in ERC, ERC3 or ERC4 under a team name. A maximum of three cars may be registered for the purpose of scoring Team points. A registered Team can score points with the two best placed cars of its Team in the final classification of each rally. For the purpose of calculating points, cars driven by ERC4 priority drivers will score points within their own group.
The following titles are up for grabs in 2022:
- FIA European Championship for Drivers, Co-Drivers and Teams
- FIA ERC3 for Drivers and Co-Drivers
- FIA ERC4 for Drivers and Co-Drivers
- FIA ERC4 Junior (for drivers only)
- ERC Open for Drivers and Co-Drivers
To score ERC points, drivers must use tyres from a registered manufacturer. For 2022, MICHELIN, MRF and Pirelli have registered. Tyre use is restricted according to category.
Testing is restricted to control costs, essentially to one day per rally.
What’s new for 2022?
- NEW: Every stage from each round streamed live and on demand for fans to watch whenever, wherever and however they want through WRC Promoter’s WRC+ streaming platform at http://wrcplus.com/
- NEW: Power Stage on all rounds, follows the same successful format used in the FIA World Rally Championship with live television and points awarded to the fastest five drivers
- NEW: Following the creation of a two-tier structure in 2017, ERC Junior is streamlined and run as the FIA Junior ERC Championship for Rally4 and Rally5 cars equipped with tyres from official partner Pirelli. Drivers must be under 27 on 1 January 2022 to take part
- NEW: FIA ERC3 is for Rally3 cars only
- NEW: FIA ERC4 is for Rally4 and Rally5 cars
- NEW: ERC Open replaces ERC2 and is for Rally2 Kit, RGT and Group N4 cars
- NEW: Free Practice and Qualifying Stage is for drivers in Rally2 cars only
- NEW: The top 15 drivers on the Qualifying Stage, all FIA Priority Drivers, any driver appearing in the top 15 of the final ERC standings in 2021 or appearing in the top 15 of the provisional ERC standings of the current season are required to choose their starting position for the opening leg of an event
- NEW: At the end of leg one, the top 15 (rather than the top 10) are reseeded for leg two
- NEW: Bonus points are no longer awarded at the end of each leg of an ERC event
- NEW: To score ERC points, drivers must use tyres supplied by a manufacturer registered with the FIA and WRC Promoter under a new system from 2022. The registered tyre companies are MICHELIN, MRF and Pirelli
- NEW: All events take place from Friday-Sunday with the exception of Rally Islas Canarias, which runs from Thursday-Saturday and also hosts the ERC4 Junior opener