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The FIA World Rally Championship-2 or WRC-2 (formerly known as Super 2000 World Rally Championship or S-WRC), is a companion rally series to the World Rally Championship, and is driven on the same stages. WRC-2 is limited to production-based cars homologated under the Super 2000, N4, R5 rules. The series began in 2010 and split the Production World Rally Championship (P-WRC), which was previously open to both Super 2000 and Group N4 cars, into two separate competitions, both of which received their own FIA titles. There was also a World Rally Championship Cup for Teams within the S-WRC but this was discontiniued after 2010. From 2013, WRC-2 replaced S-WRC. [1] [2]

Fédération Internationale de lAutomobile international sport governing body

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile is an association established on 20 June 1904 to represent the interests of motoring organisations and motor car users. To the general public, the FIA is mostly known as the governing body for many auto racing events. The FIA also promotes road safety around the world.

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 13 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.

Super 2000 race car class

Super 2000 is an FIA powertrain specification used in the World Rally Championship, the World Touring Car Championship, and other touring car championships. The engines were originally 2 L naturally aspirated, and later being also allowed 1.6 L turbocharged units producing approximately 280 bhp.

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World Rally Championship-2 Pro

The World Rally Championship-2 Pro class was created in 2018 and introduced in 2019 as a means of encouraging manufacturer-supported entries to join the category. [3] The Pro class will be open to manufacturer entries competing in cars built to R5 specifications and teams permitted to enter two crews per event. Pro class entries must contest a minimum of eight rallies, including one outside Europe. Only the eight best results will contribute to the Pro class championship. [4]

2019 World Rally Championship-2

The 2019 FIA World Rally Championship-2 is the seventh season of the World Rally Championship-2, an auto racing championship for rally cars that is recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile as the second-highest tier of international rallying. The category was created when the Group R class of rally car was introduced in 2013 and runs in support of the World Rally Championship. The championship is only open to cars complying with R5 regulations.

Models

Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000, one of the most popular Super 2000 rally cars Grande Punto S2000 2.jpg
Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000, one of the most popular Super 2000 rally cars
Ford Fiesta S2000 Henning Solberg in Rally Bulgaria 2010.jpg
Ford Fiesta S2000
Peugeot 207 S2000 RB 2010 3.jpg
Peugeot 207 S2000
Skoda Fabia R5 Skoda Motorsport (18060783156).jpg
Škoda Fabia R5
Volkswagen Polo S2000 Andreas Waldherr Lavanttal Rallye 2009 2.jpg
Volkswagen Polo S2000
Peugeot 208 T16 R5 Rajd Polski 2015 Martin Koci.jpg
Peugeot 208 T16 R5

The following Super 2000 rally cars are currently in production and eligible to compete in SWRC:

Ford Fiesta S2000

The Ford Fiesta S2000 is a Super 2000 rally car built by M-Sport. It is based upon the Ford Fiesta road car. It made its racing debut at the 78th Rallye Monte Carlo in 2010, with factory team M-Sport and drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Julien Maurin. Hirvonen won the rally.

Peugeot 207 S2000

The Peugeot 207 S2000 is a Super 2000 rally car developed by Peugeot Sport. It is based upon the Peugeot 207 road car. Drivers Enrique García Ojeda, Nicolas Vouilloz and Kris Meeke won the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) drivers' title in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively in a Peugeot 207 S2000.

Škoda Fabia S2000 rally car

The Škoda Fabia S2000 is a Super 2000 rally car built by Škoda Motorsport. It is based upon the Škoda Fabia road car.

The following cars are going or are built under the R5 rules or RRC (Regional Race Car) rules:

Citroën C3 R5 French rally car

The Citroën C3 R5 is a rally car built by Citroën World Rally Team. It is based upon the Citroën C3 road car and is built to Group R5 regulations. The car made its début at the 2018 Tour de Corse where it was driven by the French crews of Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau, and Yoann Bonato and Benjamin Boulloud.

Ford Fiesta R5 rally car

The Ford Fiesta R5 is a rally car built by M-Sport and based upon the Ford Fiesta ST road car. It was the first car homologated under the Group R5 regulations that were introduced in 2013. The Fiesta R5 made its competitive début in 2013 and has competed in the World Rally Championship-2, European Rally Championship and various national competitions since then. Starting in 2019, M-Sport Ford WRT will enter the Fiesta R5 in the professional class.

Peugeot 208 car model

The Peugeot 208 is a supermini produced by the French automaker Peugeot, and unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012. The first 208 models were three door hatchbacks produced in 2011, at the company's new plant in Slovakia. In June 2012, as five door hatchbacks became available, production of the 208 also commenced at Peugeot's French plants at Mulhouse and at Poissy.

The following cars are built under the R4 or N4 rules and will be eligible to enter WRC-2 and the Production Cup:

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X sports sedan car

For complete overview of all Lancer Evolution models, see Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Calendar

From 2010 to 2012(as S-WRC), there are 10 qualifying rallies for the new series, and at the time of registration entrants must nominate seven rallies, including two outside Europe, in which to score points. The S-WRC is in addition to the WRC Cup for S2000 Teams, which was announced earlier in the year. The S-WRC Teams cup was scrapped from 2011 onwards.

From 2013 there is no fixed calendar. The teams can participate in any round of the season with the requirement that teams must contest at least seven events, with their best six results from the first seven events they enter being counted towards their final points tally.

Results

Drivers' Championship

YearChampionCar2nd placeCar3rd placeCar
WRC-2
2018 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia R5 Flag of Sweden.svg Pontus Tidemand Škoda Fabia R5 Flag of Finland.svg Kalle Rovanperä Škoda Fabia R5
2017 Flag of Sweden.svg Pontus Tidemand Škoda Fabia R5 Flag of France.svg Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta R5 Flag of Finland.svg Teemu Suninen Ford Fiesta R5
2016 Flag of Finland.svg Esapekka Lappi Škoda Fabia R5 Flag of Finland.svg Teemu Suninen Škoda Fabia R5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta R5
2015 Flag of Qatar.svg Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC
Škoda Fabia R5
Flag of Ukraine.svg Yuriy Protasov Ford Fiesta RRC Flag of Finland.svg Esapekka Lappi Škoda Fabia R5
2014 Flag of Qatar.svg Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC Flag of Finland.svg Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta R5 Flag of Italy.svg Lorenzo Bertelli Ford Fiesta RRC
Ford Fiesta R5
2013 Flag of Poland.svg Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRC Flag of Qatar.svg Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC Flag of Ukraine.svg Yuriy Protasov Subaru Impreza STi
Ford Fiesta RRC
Ford Fiesta R5
S-WRC
2012 Flag of Ireland.svg Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 Flag of Sweden.svg Per-Gunnar Andersson Proton Satria Neo S2000 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC
2011 Flag of Finland.svg Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 Flag of Estonia.svg Ott Tänak Ford Fiesta S2000 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta S2000
2010 Flag of Spain.svg Xavier Pons Ford Fiesta S2000 Flag of Sweden.svg Patrik Sandell Škoda Fabia S2000 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta S2000

Statistics

Round wins

Updated after 2018 Rally Australia.
Jan Kopecký Czech rally driver

Jan Kopecký is a professional rally driver from Czech Republic who drives for Škoda Motorsport. He is the 2013 ERC champion, 2018 WRC-2 champion as well as a multiple champion of the Czech Rally Championship

2008 Rally México

The 2008 Rally México, officially 22º Corona Rally México, was the third round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season. The rally was held on February 29 — March 2 and began with a ceremonial start on Thursday, February 28. It was the first gravel event of the season and also the opening round of the Junior World Rally Championship this season.

See also

Footnotes

  1. The Fiesta R5 is completely brand new model based on facelifted production model - Fiesta ST.
  2. Although this car is built under the RRC rules, Prodrive still uses the S2000 label for this car.

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