Cash boost for Junior rookies

This year’s leading rookie driver in the FIA Junior WRC Championship will net a €15,000 cash prize to boost their rally career.

The FIA Junior WRC Rookie Award must be used to fund the winner’s campaign in the 2020 junior series. A similar award will be on offer in next season’s championship to carry forward into 2021.

To be eligible for the award a driver must have entered no more than two WRC events prior to the start of the season. Should the winner also claim the overall junior title, the prize will be awarded to the next highest-placed rookie.

With just the double points-paying final round of the championship remaining at Wales Rally GB (3 - 6 October), Tom Kristensson (above) heads the chase for the cash pot.

The Swede also leads the championship and if he carries off the crown every driver eligible for the rookie award still has a mathematical chance of winning.

Championship manager Maciej Woda said the prize would serve as an incentive for drivers to continue to develop their careers within the junior series.

“We have had some very impressive rookies in FIA Junior WRC this season. It is no mean feat for a driver to take to the WRC stages for the first time in their career and put in competitive times and we have decided this deserves a significant acknowledgement.

“For drivers aiming to win the FIA Junior WRC Championship, it is quite common to spend two years in the championship and use the first year to learn the WRC event format and stages.

“This fund will help the most impressive FIA Junior WRC rookie to put their budget together in what is a very difficult and challenging market as they aim for championship glory,” said Woda.

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