1. What is the ERC?
With the first FIA European Rally Championship contested in 1953, the ERC is the oldest international rally series in the world. It is promoted by Eurosport Events, the organisation behind the hugely successful Intercontinental Rally Challenge, under a 10-year agreement with the FIA. The ERC is broadcast on Eurosport.
2. What is ERC Junior?
FIA ERC Junior is one of the strongest rally championships for young drivers, who must be under the age of 27 on 1 January 2016. Reserved for R2 cars on Pirelli tyres, it’s organised on six rounds of the ERC with events on asphalt, gravel and snow to provide future prospects with vital training as they aim to forge long-term careers in rallying.
3. How many rounds are there?
There are a total of 10 rounds from February to October. Events take place on asphalt, gravel and snow, giving drivers the skills needed to compete in the World Rally Championship in the future.
4. Do the events cover the same distance?
Rallies vary in format with an average of 220 kilometres of special stages.
5. Who can take part?
Any driver and co-driver with the appropriate competition licence in a car authorised for use according to the FIA’s Regional Rally Championship regulations can take part. A championship registration process hands drivers and teams ERC priority status and provides several benefits throughout the season.
6. How many rounds count?
Drivers and co-drivers count their best seven rounds. There is no minimum number of rounds that a crew must contest. For ERC Junior, drivers count their four best results.
7. Do you have to register?
In order to receive priority status and take advantage of several benefits, drivers and teams are encouraged to register and can obtain more information clicking here. A registration fee applies.
9. What do you get for winning?
There are prestigious FIA titles for drivers, co-drivers and teams. The various award winners are invited to attend the end-of-year ERC Prize Giving ceremony. The FIA ERC Junior champion gets a prize drive in an R5 car on the final event of the 2016 season.
10. Are there any other incentives?
There are several, from the extensive television coverage on Eurosport, the opportunity to take part on several legendary rallies in a number of key markets across Europe, exposure on the championship’s dedicated website, www.fiaerc.com, Facebook page and Twitter feed, plus the support of the expert team from Eurosport Events onsite at every round and available away from rallies including a championship co-ordinator, sporting manager and press officer.
11. How can I get more information?
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