The FIA Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) 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 and including current and past world champions Sébastien Ogier and Sébastien Loeb.
The championship follows the successful ‘arrive and drive’ format with M-Sport supplying the car, fuel, tyres, servicing and hospitality.
In 2018, all competitors will drive identical 1.0-litre turbocharged Ford Fiesta R2T cars prepared by M-Sport. The cars are front-wheel drive and have a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that develops 180bhp. The gearbox is five-speed sequential and electronically controlled.
The championship consists of 5 rounds throughout Europe, putting competitors on some of the most testing roads in the world.
The only true winter round - a classic Rally Sweden will be characterised by frozen roads lined with snow banks. The stages venture deep into the frozen and remote forests of Sweden and Norway.
Drivers ‘lean’ cars against the banks to guide them round corners, but in warmer temperatures the banks disintegrate on impact and cars can become stuck in the snow. Studded tyres are essential, with temperatures as low as -25 °C.
TOUR DE CORSE
A technical tarmac rally, the tight and twisty mountain roads are often bordered on one side by a rock face and on the other by a steep drop into the sea.
Never-ending sequences of turns earned the event the nickname ‘The Rally of 10,000 Corners’.
RALLY DE PORTUGAL
A pure gravel rally, sandy roads ensure grip is at a premium for the early starters during the first pass through the stages. Rocks and deep ruts present an altogether different hazard for the second pass, often requiring teams to raise the ride height on their cars to avoid mechanical damage.
Rally de Portugal has been named ‘Best Rally in the World’ on five occasions.
Flat out from start to finish, it is affectionately known as the Finnish Grand Prix, with nine of the 10 fastest WRC rallies have been here.
Speeds are so high that time differences are small, with the addition of massive jumps! It is one of the hardest rallies for co-drivers as high speeds demand a constant, pinpoint accurate delivery of pace notes.
The Rally of Turkey was revived for the 2018 championship as a replacement for Rally Poland. The event will be based in the town of Marmaris in Muğla Province. This is the first time Rally Turkey has run since 2010.