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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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pirelli & C. S.p.A. is a multinational company based in Milan, Italy, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange since 1922, with a temporary privatization period by the consortium led by the Chinese state-owned enterprise ChemChina. The company is the 5th largest tyre manufacturer behind Bridgestone, Michelin, Continental and Goodyear, and is focused on the consumer business. It is present in Europe, Apac, Latam, Meai, Nafta and C.I.S., operating commercially in over 160 countries. It has 19 manufacturing sites in 13 countries and a network of around 14,600 distributors and retailers.
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:
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|
|2018||Junior World Rally Championship||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
François Duval is a Belgian rally driver.
The Ford Puma is a compact coupé that was produced by Ford Europe from September 1997 to July 2002. The Puma was built exclusively at Ford's Niehl plant in Cologne, Germany. The Ford Puma follows common design cues with other Ford cars at the time, and is in the New Edge family of vehicles.
Rally Finland is a rally competition held in Jyväskylä in the Finnish Lakeland in Central Finland. The rally is driven on wide and smooth gravel roads, featuring blind crests and big jumps. It is the fastest event in the World Rally Championship and has been dubbed the "Grand Prix of Rallying" and the "Grand Prix on Gravel". Rally Finland is among the largest annually organised public events in the Nordic countries, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. The rally has been known to be very difficult for non-Nordic drivers; only six drivers from countries other than Finland or Sweden have won the event- in the 1980s and before, the field was made up almost entirely of Finnish and Swedish drivers.
Mikko Hirvonen is a Finnish former rally driver, and a current Rally-Raid driver, who drove in the World Rally Championship. He placed third in the drivers' championship and helped Ford to the manufacturers' title in both 2006 and 2007. In 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 he finished runner-up to Sébastien Loeb. Hirvonen's co-driver was Jarmo Lehtinen from the 2003 season until his retirement in 2014, Lehtinen had replaced Miikka Anttila who co-drove with Hirvonen in the 2002 season.
Daniel Elena is a Monégasque rally co-driver working with Sébastien Loeb. Between them, the pair have won the World Rally Championship (WRC) nine times, and currently compete with Hyundai. 79 wins make him the co-driver with the most victories in the history of the WRC.
The Citroën C4 WRC is a World Rally Car built for the Citroën World Rally Team by Citroën Racing to compete in the World Rally Championship. It is based upon the Citroën C4 road car and replaced the Citroën Xsara WRC. The car was introduced for the 2007 World Rally Championship season and has taken the drivers' title each year since in the hands of Sébastien Loeb, as well as the manufacturers' title in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The Citroën Total World Rally Team is the Citroën factory backed entry into the World Rally Championship, run by Citroën Racing.
Sébastien Ogier is a French rally driver, competing for Citroën in the World Rally Championship (WRC), who is teamed with co-driver Julien Ingrassia. He is the current holder of the World Rally Drivers' Championship, having won the title six times, in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. With 46 victories in the World Rally Championship and 6 consecutive WRC titles, he is the 2nd most successful WRC driver, after former Citroën WRC teammate Sébastien Loeb.
The 2008 Rally GB was the fifteenth and final round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season and was held between December 5–7, 2008. The event was again held in Wales, with Cardiff being the host of the ceremonial start and finish, and Swansea providing the service park. The special stages took place on gravel roads on private land, owned either by the Forestry Commission or the Army. The event saw a return to the mid Wales stages of Hafren, Sweet Lamb, and Myherin for the first time since 2000. The rally was won by Sébastien Loeb in a Citroën C4. This was his eleventh win of the season - breaking his own previous record set in 2005. Second place went to Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala who was just 12.7 seconds behind. The final podium position was filled by Loebs teammate Dani Sordo. With this result Citroën clinched the manufacturers championship.
The Citroën Junior Team is a World Rally Championship team, which competed in the 2009–2010 and 2012 seasons. It was set up and run as Citroën's secondary team in the World Rally Championship, pitched against the existing Stobart Ford World Rally Team.
The 2011 World Rally Championship was the 39th season of the FIA World Rally Championship in automobile racing. The season consisted of 13 rallies, beginning with Rally Sweden on 10 February and ended with Wales Rally GB on 13 November.
The 2009 Neste Oil Rally Finland was the 59th running of the Rally Finland and the ninth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season. The rally consisted of 23 special stages and was won by Ford's Mikko Hirvonen. This marked his third victory in a row and his first in his home event. Last year's winner Sébastien Loeb of Citroën finished second and took his first podium since the Rally Argentina back in April. Jari-Matti Latvala beat Dani Sordo to the final podium spot.
The Citroën DS3 WRC is the World Rally Car built for the Citroën World Rally Team by Citroën Racing for use from the 2011 World Rally Championship season. It is based upon the Citroën DS3 road car, and replaces the highly successful Citroën C4 WRC. It is built to the new World Rally Car regulations for 2011, which are based upon the existing Super 2000 regulations, but is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine rather than the normally aspirated 2-litre engine found in Super 2000 cars.
Julien Ingrassia is a French rally co-driver. Working with Sébastien Ogier, he became World Rally Champion in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 with Volkswagen Motorsport, and 2017 and 2018 with M-Sport World Rally Team.
The 2013 World Rally Championship was the 41st season of the World Rally Championship, an auto racing championship recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile as the highest class of international rallying. The season was run over 13 rallies, starting with the Rallye Monte Carlo on 16 January, and finishing with the Wales Rally of Great Britain on 17 November. Volkswagen entered the series as a constructor with the Polo R WRC, while Ford and Mini ended their factory support for the Fiesta RS WRC and John Cooper Works WRC respectively, though both continued to make their cars available to customer teams.
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The 2018 Tour de Corse was a motor racing event for rally cars that was held over four days between 5 and 8 April 2018. It marked the sixty-first running of the Tour de Corse and the fourth round of the 2018 World Rally Championship and its support categories, the WRC-2 and WRC-3 championships. It was also the second round of the Junior World Rally Championship. The event was based in the town of Bastia in Corsica, and was contested over twelve special stages totalling a competitive distance of 333.48 km (207.21 mi).
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