The leading two-wheel drive category was launched in 2013 as the intermediate step on the WRC ladder and became instantly popular among younger drivers.
The cars that lead this championship are reminiscent of the Super 1600 cars that propelled the careers of Sébastien Ogier, Sébastien Loeb, Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo.
Look out for – Citroën's DS 3 R3T and R3-MAX, the Peugeot 208 R2, the Toyota GT86 R3 and the Renault Clio R3.
Getting technical –
- R3 cars are the primary category
- Two-wheel drive cars only, normally front-wheel drive.
- 1.6-litre turbocharged engines or up to 2.0-litre normally aspirated units.
- Six-speed sequential transmission.
- Also eligible are the smaller R2 cars, as well as the much older Super 1600 and two-wheel drive Group A rally cars.