The FIA Junior WRC hosts the rally stars of the future.
The FIA Junior World Rally Championship represents a cost-effective route into the WRC for the sport’s rising young stars - with a stunning top prize of a latest-specification R5 car awaiting the winners.
All competitors drive identical 1.0-litre turbocharged Ford Fiesta R2T cars prepared by 2017 drivers’ and manufacturers’ world champion team M-Sport at its Poland workshops.
The championship comprises five rounds covering a mix of surfaces. It starts on the snow-covered stages at Rally Sweden before moving to Corsica’s asphalt and the gravel roads in Portugal, Finland and Turkey.
To spice up the end-of-season action, double points are up for grabs in Turkey. As well as collecting points for their finishing positions, drivers receive bonus points for fastest stage times on all rounds.
The championship winner will be handed the keys to a Ford Fiesta R5, as well as free registration to next season’s WRC 2 series. Fuel and a generous tyre package for the 2019 campaign rounds off arguably the biggest prize package in Junior WRC history.
The series, which is supported by Pirelli and Panta, follows the successful ‘arrive and drive’ format with M-Sport supplying the car, fuel, tyres, servicing and hospitality. It is open to drivers born on or after 1 January 1989 and features several training workshops during the season.
Previous champions include Sébastien Loeb (2001) Dani Sordo (2005), Sébastien Ogier (2008), Craig Breen (2011) and Elfyn Evans (2012) – all drivers who have gone on to star at the highest level of the sport.
- All Junior WRC competitors will drive Ford Fiesta R2T cars.
- Cars are front-wheel drive and have a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that develops 180bhp.
- The gearbox is five-speed sequential and electronically controlled.
- Crews will have a controlled supply of Pirelli tyres on each event.