Tuesday | 14 Jul 2020

Junior WRC announces amended calendar

The FIA Junior WRC Championship has followed in the footsteps of the WRC, announcing an amended calendar for the remainder of the season.

Junior World Rally Championship co-ordinator Maciej Woda is confident this year’s series will provide the same thrilling competition as ever.
 
The FIA Junior WRC announced on Tuesday the three events – Rally Estonia, ADAC Rallye Deutschland and Rally Italia-Sardegna – which will complete the 2020 season and decide this year’s Junior World Rally Champion.
 
Woda said: “We worked very closely with all the competitors about how the rest of this season would look and I’m really happy with it. Going to Estonia is very exciting, we’re all aware of the big support for the sport out there and the fast and challenging nature of the stages.
 
“Being adaptable will be important this season. Estonia is a new rally, so the crews will be making new pacenotes out there, but at the same time Germany and Sardinia could also be quite different in how they are looking when they get there.
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“In Germany, we know the weather can be very, very changeable in August, so we can expect even more of those possible changes from rain to sunshine in October. Sardinia will be less hot than normal, but the challenge will be just as high. 
 
“Honestly, this is going to be a really exciting and fascinating fight all the way home.”
 
Due to the calendar being reduced from five rounds to four, the championship standings will count a driver’s best three classified points finishes together with stage win points which are available on every stage of the championship. As the total amount of rounds counting towards the championship has been reduced from four to three, it is being proposed that the traditional final-round double points bonus be reduced to one and a half.
 
Swede Tom Kristensson re-starts the JWRC season at the top of the table following his round one Rally Sweden win in Torsby.
 
Sixteen Ford Fiesta R2Ts started that opening JWRC round and Woda is hoping to see all the crews arrive in Estonia chasing the first prize of a brand new Ford Fiesta R5 MkII. 

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