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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 publicity 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.
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.
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 2013 it was renamed the FIA Junior World Rally Championship.
In 2014, the JWRC car grid was replaced by the Citroën DS3 R3T, whereas M-Sport repurposed the old Ford Fiesta R2 units for the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. In 2017, the JWRC returned to using the Ford Fiesta R2.
At the 2018 season the number of rallies were reduced to 5, while the last rally gives double points.
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.
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 finishers as follows:
Unlike the other categories however, Junior WRC competitors score championship bonus points for each stage win during the season.
|Year||Series name||Champion||Car||2nd place||Car||3rd place||Car|
|2019||Junior World Rally Championship||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2|
|2018||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2|
|2017||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2|
|2016||Citroën DS3 R3T||Citroën DS3 R3T||Citroën DS3 R3T|
|2015||Citroën DS3 R3T||Citroën DS3 R3T||Citroën DS3 R3T|
|2014||Citroën DS3 R3T||Citroën DS3 R3T||Citroën DS3 R3T|
|2013||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2|
|2012||WRC Academy||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2|
|2011||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2||Ford Fiesta R2|
|2010||Junior World Rally Championship||Suzuki Swift S1600||Citroën C2 S1600||Renault Clio R3|
|2009||Citroën C2 S1600||Suzuki Swift S1600||Suzuki Swift S1600|
|2008||Citroën C2 S1600||Citroën C2 S1600||Citroën C2 S1600|
|2007||FIA Junior Rally Championship||Suzuki Swift S1600||Suzuki Swift S1600||Citroën C2 S1600|
|2006||Junior World Rally Championship||Renault Clio S1600||Suzuki Swift S1600||Suzuki Swift S1600|
|2005||Citroën C2 S1600||Citroën C2 S1600||Suzuki Ignis S1600|
|2004||Suzuki Ignis S1600||Renault Clio S1600||Suzuki Ignis S1600|
|2003||Renault Clio S1600||Suzuki Ignis S1600||Suzuki Ignis S1600|
|2002||Citroën Saxo VTS S1600||Citroën Saxo VTS S1600||Citroën Saxo VTS S1600|
|2001||FIA Cup for Super 1600 Drivers||Citroën Saxo VTS S1600||Fiat Punto S1600|| Ford Puma S1600 |
Citroën Saxo VTS S1600
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