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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.

HistoryEdit

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.[1]

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.

RulesEdit

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 finshers as follows:

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1

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

ResultsEdit

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

Year Series name Champion Car 2nd place Car 3rd place Car
2019 Junior World Rally Championship   Jan Solans Ford Fiesta R2   Tom Kristensson Ford Fiesta R2   Dennis Rådström Ford Fiesta R2
2018   Emil Bergkvist Ford Fiesta R2   Dennis Rådström Ford Fiesta R2   Jean-Baptiste Franceschi Ford Fiesta R2
2017   Nil Solans Ford Fiesta R2   Nicolas Ciamin Ford Fiesta R2   Terry Folb Ford Fiesta R2
2016   Simone Tempestini Citroën DS3 R3T   Martin Koči Citroën DS3 R3T   Vincent Dubert Citroën DS3 R3T
2015   Quentin Gilbert Citroën DS3 R3T   Ole Christian Veiby Citroën DS3 R3T   Terry Folb Citroën DS3 R3T
2014   Stéphane Lefebvre Citroën DS3 R3T   Alastair Fisher Citroën DS3 R3T   Martin Koči Citroën DS3 R3T
2013   Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta R2   Yeray Lemes Ford Fiesta R2   Sander Pärn Ford Fiesta R2
2012 WRC Academy   Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta R2   José Antonio Suárez Ford Fiesta R2   Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta R2
2011   Craig Breen Ford Fiesta R2   Egon Kaur Ford Fiesta R2   Alastair Fisher Ford Fiesta R2
2010 Junior World Rally Championship   Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600   Hans Weijs, Jr. Citroën C2 S1600   Todor Slavov Renault Clio R3
2009   Martin Prokop Citroën C2 S1600   Michał Kościuszko Suzuki Swift S1600   Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600
2008   Sébastien Ogier Citroën C2 S1600   Aaron Burkart Citroën C2 S1600   Martin Prokop Citroën C2 S1600
2007 FIA Junior Rally Championship   Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Swift S1600   Urmo Aava Suzuki Swift S1600   Martin Prokop Citroën C2 S1600
2006 Junior World Rally Championship   Patrik Sandell Renault Clio S1600   Urmo Aava Suzuki Swift S1600   Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Swift S1600
2005   Dani Sordo Citroën C2 S1600   Kris Meeke Citroën C2 S1600   Guy Wilks Suzuki Ignis S1600
2004   Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Ignis S1600   Nicolas Bernardi Renault Clio S1600   Guy Wilks Suzuki Ignis S1600
2003   Brice Tirabassi Renault Clio S1600   Salvador Cañellas Jr. Suzuki Ignis S1600   Daniel Carlsson Suzuki Ignis S1600
2002   Daniel Solà Citroën Saxo VTS S1600   Andrea Dallavilla Citroën Saxo VTS S1600   Janne Tuohino Citroën Saxo VTS S1600
2001 FIA Cup for Super 1600 Drivers   Sébastien Loeb Citroën Saxo VTS S1600   Andrea Dallavilla Fiat Punto S1600   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.

StatisticsEdit

Round winsEdit

Updated after 2019 season.

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

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