1. What is the ERC?
Welcome to the 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 open to all-comers, meaning age is no barrier to competing. The ERC 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 and other networks in Europe and around the world.
2. What is ERC Junior?
ERC Junior has undergone an exciting restructure for 2017 with two categories based on driver age and car performance. ERC Junior Under 27 is for drivers born on or after 1 January 1990 competing in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres. ERC Junior Under 28 is for drivers born on or after 1 January 1989 competing in R5 cars. Before then, young prospects start out by enrolling into the ERC Junior Experience to learn vital skills and gain crucial knowledge alongside their national programmes, before entering ERC Junior U27 as their first major international campaign. Ahead of the 2017 season ERC Junior, which was introduced in 2014, has helped to grow the careers of 67 emerging talents.
3. Tell me more about the ERC Junior Experience?
Devised by Eurosport Events and managed by All In Motion’s Evelien Deschuytter, an expert in equipping people with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen field, the ERC Junior Experience consists of four training events held in conjunction with rounds of the ERC Junior Under 27 and ERC Junior Under 28 championships. The curriculum covers pacenote preparation, diet, physical training, social media dos and don’ts, car set-up, first aid response, tyre changing, sponsorship acquisition and driving technique on asphalt and gravel. Participants also undertake the reconnaissance for the ERC rallies in Gran Canaria, Czech Republic, Italy and Latvia at no charge and get a free registration for the 2018 ERC Junior U27 Championship. The ERC Junior Experience is open to drivers and co-drivers and more information including details of fees, registration procedure and other benefits is available from Evelien Deschuytter by emailing mailto:[email protected] or by calling +32 473990342.
4. How many ERC rounds are there?
Contested over eight events from April to October, the 2017 schedule has been structured in response to feedback from drivers and teams keen to control budgets. The calendar features four rallies on asphalt and four on gravel for the perfect balance of surfaces. And in a further cost-cutting measure, drivers will count their best six scores only.
5. Do they all count?
Drivers and co-drivers count their best six rounds. There is no minimum number of rounds that a crew must contest. For ERC Junior U27 and ERC Junior U28, drivers count their four best results.
6. Is every event the same in terms of distance covered?
Rallies vary in format with an average of 220 kilometres of special stages.
7. 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.
8. Do you have to register?
In order to receive priority status and take advantage of several benefits, drivers and teams are required to register and can obtain more information clicking here. A registration fee applies.
10. What do you get for winning?
Drivers and co-drivers chase prestigious FIA titles in three divisions based on car performance: ERC1, ERC2 and ERC3. There is also the revamped FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, the ERC Ladies’ Trophy, plus the restructured FIA ERC Junior Championship. The ERC Junior U27 champions receives 100,000 euros to use for an ERC Junior U28 campaign in 2018. The ERC Junior U28 champion gets a one-off drive on a European round of the world championship in 2018 in a 2016-specification World Rally Car.
11. Are there any other incentives?
There are several, from the extensive television coverage on Eurosport and other networks around the world, 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.
12. How can I get more information?
Press enquiries should be addressed to [email protected], television and media rights enquiries should go to [email protected], while all for all other enquiries contact [email protected].