Junior World Rally Championship

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Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena at the 2001 Rally Finland. Loeb elena.jpg
Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena at the 2001 Rally Finland.
P-G Andersson and Suzuki celebrating JWRC class victory at the 2004 Rally Finland. Per-Gunnar Andersson - 2004 Rally Finland.jpg
P-G Andersson and Suzuki celebrating JWRC class victory at the 2004 Rally Finland.

The FIA Junior World Rally Championship (also known as the Junior WRC) is a complementary series to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and is specifically aimed at offering young drivers a chance to gain experience and notoriety at an affordable cost. The category has been a stepping stone in the career of many current WRC drivers including Sébastien Loeb, Dani Sordo, Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Thierry Neuville.

World Rally Championship rallying championship series, highest level of rallying competition

The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series organised by the FIA, culminating with a champion driver, co-driver and manufacturer. The driver's world championship and manufacturer's world championship are separate championships, but based on the same point system. The series currently consists of 14 three-day events driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Each rally is split into 15–25 special stages which are run against the clock on closed roads.

Sébastien Loeb French rallying driver

Sébastien Loeb is a French professional rally, racing, and rallycross driver. He competed for the Citroën World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship (WRC) and is the most successful driver in WRC history, having won the world championship a record nine times in a row. He holds several other WRC records, including most event wins, most podium finishes and most stage wins. Loeb announced his retirement from World Rallying at the end of the 2012 season. Participating in selected events in the 2013 WRC season, he raced a full season in the FIA GT Series driving a McLaren MP4-12C before moving on with Citroën to the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2014. In the 2018 season he is one of the official drivers of the Team Peugeot Total.

Dani Sordo World Rally Championship driver

Daniel "Dani" Sordo Castillo is a Spanish rally driver. He competes in the World Rally Championship for Hyundai Motorsport. He achieved his first WRC victory at the 2013 Rallye Deutschland.

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History

The championship was first held in 2001 as the FIA Super 1600 Drivers' Championship, and included six events in Europe. Sébastien Loeb became the series' first champion, driving a Super 1600-class Citroën Saxo. The series became the Junior World Rally Championship the following year.

Super 1600, also known as S1600, is a rally car formula that is primarily used in the Junior World Rally Championship, as well as various national rally championships. Any automobile manufacturer that has a suitable road-going production model in its range may develop a specification for use in this formula. It was devised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile in 2000 and first saw competitive use in 2001. Super 1600 is intended to provide a young driver's entry point into international rallying, and the World Rally Championship in particular.

Citroën Saxo car model

The Citroën Saxo was a city car produced by the French manufacturer Citroën from 1996 to 2004. It was also sold in Japan as the Citroën Chanson. It shared many engine and body parts with the Peugeot 106, the major difference being interiors and body panels. Production ended in 2004, when it was replaced with the Citroën C2.

In 2007, the championship did not include events outside Europe, and was known as the FIA Junior Rally Championship (JRC) for one season only. In 2011, the FIA replaced the Junior WRC with WRC Academy, a single specification championship running Ford Fiesta R2 vehicles. In September 2012 it was announced by the FIA that the WRC Academy would be renamed the FIA Junior World Rally Championship. [1]

At the 2018 season the number of rallies were reduced to 5, while the last rally gives double points.

The 2018 FIA Junior World Rally Championship was the seventeenth season of the Junior World Rally Championship, an auto racing championship recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, running in support of the World Rally Championship.

Rules

The Junior WRC is open to drivers under the age of 30 who have not competed as a Priority 1 (P1) driver in an FIA World Rally Championship event. In 2018, competitors drive in identical Ford Fiesta R2Ts using Pirelli tyres.

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The point-scoring system is the same as in the WRC, WRC-2 and WRC-3 championships, with points allocated to the top ten classified finshers as follows:

Position 1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th  9th  10th 
Points251815121086421

Unlike the other categories however, Junior WRC competitors score championship bonus points for each stage win during the season.

Results

Drivers' Championship

YearSeries nameChampionCar2nd placeCar3rd placeCar
2018 Junior World Rally Championship Flag of Sweden.svg Emil Bergkvist Ford Fiesta R2 Flag of Sweden.svg Dennis Rådström Ford Fiesta R2 Flag of France.svg Jean-Baptiste Franceschi Ford Fiesta R2
2017 Flag of Spain.svg Nil Solans Ford Fiesta R2 Flag of France.svg Nicolas Ciamin Ford Fiesta R2 Flag of France.svg Terry Folb Ford Fiesta R2
2016 Flag of Italy.svg Simone Tempestini Citroën DS3 R3T Flag of Slovakia.svg Martin Koči Citroën DS3 R3T Flag of France.svg Vincent Dubert Citroën DS3 R3T
2015 Flag of France.svg Quentin Gilbert Citroën DS3 R3T Flag of Norway.svg Ole Christian Veiby Citroën DS3 R3T Flag of France.svg Terry Folb Citroën DS3 R3T
2014 Flag of France.svg Stéphane Lefebvre Citroën DS3 R3T Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alastair Fisher Citroën DS3 R3T Flag of Slovakia.svg Martin Koči Citroën DS3 R3T
2013 Flag of Sweden.svg Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta R2 Flag of Spain.svg Yeray Lemes Ford Fiesta R2 Flag of Estonia.svg Sander Pärn Ford Fiesta R2
2012 WRC Academy Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta R2 Flag of Spain.svg José Antonio Suárez Ford Fiesta R2 Flag of Sweden.svg Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta R2
2011 Flag of Ireland.svg Craig Breen Ford Fiesta R2 Flag of Estonia.svg Egon Kaur Ford Fiesta R2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alastair Fisher Ford Fiesta R2
2010 Junior World Rally Championship Flag of Germany.svg Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hans Weijs, Jr. Citroën C2 S1600 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor Slavov Renault Clio R3
2009 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Prokop Citroën C2 S1600 Flag of Poland.svg Michał Kościuszko Suzuki Swift S1600 Flag of Germany.svg Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600
2008 Flag of France.svg Sébastien Ogier Citroën C2 S1600 Flag of Germany.svg Aaron Burkart Citroën C2 S1600 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Prokop Citroën C2 S1600
2007 FIA Junior Rally Championship Flag of Sweden.svg Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Swift S1600 Flag of Estonia.svg Urmo Aava Suzuki Swift S1600 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Prokop Citroën C2 S1600
2006 Junior World Rally Championship Flag of Sweden.svg Patrik Sandell Renault Clio S1600 Flag of Estonia.svg Urmo Aava Suzuki Swift S1600 Flag of Sweden.svg Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Swift S1600
2005 Flag of Spain.svg Dani Sordo Citroën C2 S1600 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kris Meeke Citroën C2 S1600 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Guy Wilks Suzuki Ignis S1600
2004 Flag of Sweden.svg Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Ignis S1600 Flag of France.svg Nicolas Bernardi Renault Clio S1600 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Guy Wilks Suzuki Ignis S1600
2003 Flag of France.svg Brice Tirabassi Renault Clio S1600 Flag of Spain.svg Salvador Cañellas Jr. Suzuki Ignis S1600 Flag of Sweden.svg Daniel Carlsson Suzuki Ignis S1600
2002 Flag of Spain.svg Daniel Solà Citroën Saxo VTS S1600 Flag of Italy.svg Andrea Dallavilla Citroën Saxo VTS S1600 Flag of Finland.svg Janne Tuohino Citroën Saxo VTS S1600
2001 FIA Cup for Super 1600 Drivers Flag of France.svg Sébastien Loeb Citroën Saxo VTS S1600 Flag of Italy.svg Andrea Dallavilla Fiat Punto S1600 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Niall McShea Ford Puma S1600
Citroën Saxo VTS S1600
Notes
  • The 2011 and 2012 championships were run as the FIA WRC Academy.
  • The 2007 championship was run as the FIA Junior Rally Championship.
  • The 2001 championship was run as the FIA Cup for Super 1600 Drivers.

Statistics

Round wins

Updated after 2018 season.
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Rally Finland

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References

  1. "Exciting changes for 2013 WRC". WRC.com. WRC Official Website. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.