FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP GOES GLOBAL IN 2020
The five-round calendar for the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship has been published* alongside with two original rounds with three getting back from the 2019 calendar.
(*topic to FIA World Motorsport Council approval)
Each and each round of the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship will present the next skills of World Rally Championship drivers with compulsory ride on all three surfaces represented on the WRC calendar. Snow, ice, tarmac and a range of gravel surfaces will test the 2020 FIA Junior WRC crews to their limits.
The prize equipment for the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Champion is realizing to be ‘the ideal prize equipment in rallying’ and is integral in allowing the ideal of the next skills to showcase their skills on the world stage. The 2020 Champion can be handed the keys to a unusual EcoBoost powered M-Sport Fiesta R5 Mk II with 200 Pirelli tyres, free WRC 3 registration for the 2021 season and five free entries. May maybe maybe unruffled the 2020 Champion prance on to clutch the 2021 WRC 3 Championship they’ll then receive two drives with the M-Sport Ford World Rally Crew within the 2022 season.
The Rookie Award returns for the 2020 season, with a €15,000 scholarship prize for the very ideal positioned FIA Junior WRC Rookie to transfer towards their 2021 season in FIA Junior WRC.
The calendar serves as an intensive test to see which driver can dangle what it takes to opt championship glory and join the likes of WRC superstars Sebastien Loeb, Dani Sordo, Sebastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans, Craig Breen and Pontus Tidemand.
The addition of Rally Chile now makes FIA Junior WRC a worldwide championship that allows the long lag stars of the WRC to ride five of the ideal occasions on the 2020 WRC calendar. It also marks the first time that the one-create FIA Junior WRC Championship heads to South The United States.
Spherical 1: Sweden 13 – 16 February
The rally has played host to the starting up of the FIA Junior WRC Championship since 2018, making it one of many most hotly anticipated rounds of the season. Picturesque lakeside roads and forests within the Värmland space create up Rally Sweden’s stages, the ideal round of the field championship that takes station purely on snow. But create no mistake: snow and ice doesn’t mean that the drivers can be tiptoeing round. With studded Pirelli Sottozero Ice tyres superior for every M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2T, it’s one of many fastest rallies of the twelve months for the Junior WRC crews.
Spherical 2: Chile 16 – 19 April
The major gravel occasion for the 2020 Junior drivers to tackle in their M-Sport Fiesta R2Ts can be Rally Chile, the first time the occasion aspects on the FIA Junior WRC calendar. After making its WRC debut in 2019, Rally Chile grew to turn out to be an rapid hit with drivers, fans and teams. Thursday evening’s ceremonial originate for the 2019 changed into a glimpse to inquire within the Plaza de la Independenzia within the centre of Concepción because the FIA Junior WRC crews are role as a device to add to the spectacle in 2020. The rally tackles stages that whisk via some of Chile’s dense forests former by trees truckers when the field’s absolute top rally drivers aren’t storming down them.
Spherical 3: Italy 4 – 7 June
Rally d’Italia Sardinia returns to the FIA Junior WRC calendar after a nail biting thriller in 2019 that saw eventual champion Jan Solans prance head to transfer with Dennis Rådström, trading stage wins and the lead quite loads of times. Sardinia represents the 2nd of three gravel occasions in 2020, crews will face fast nonetheless narrow stages with free gravel, which turn out to be more rutted as every car passes via. It could maybe most likely maybe also accumulate moderately warmth interior the FIA Junior WRC Ford Fiesta R2s, with out a air conditioning (to keep weight) and ambient temperatures within the gap of 30°C.
Spherical 4: Finland 6 – 9 August
No rally can match the lightning tempo and station of Rally Finland. The Jyväskylä-essentially essentially essentially based occasion is the fastest on the calendar, featuring packed gravel roads with blind crests and jumps, plus flowing fourth and fifth instruments corners that entice the drivers to protect their toes planted on the throttle. 2019 saw quite loads of motion with a packed entry and six different stage winners across Finland’s iconic stages. The woodland roads are wide, so selecting the affirm racing line is key to unlocking velocity, helping the rally make its unofficial moniker of the ‘Finnish Colossal Prix’. Drivers will want quite loads of sisu – a word the Finns exercise to list implacable courage – to contend for victory here.
Spherical 5: Germany 15 – 18 October
The Junior WRC’s mountainous finale in Germany affords double aspects to crews that dangle achieved on the least three of the previous four rallies. A confusing plethora of twisting asphalt awaits the FIA Junior WRC crews in Germany, speeding via the iconic vineyard stages and round a seemingly endless nonetheless tale sequence of hairpin bends. Regarded as the hardest tarmac recount of the season, Germany will really feel that noteworthy more advanced for these in competitors for championship. It already guarantees to be a thriller and that’s before pondering the inevitable rain clouds that on the total seem on the German rally.